Student flautist spoils Hermanus

2019-04-02 06:01
Sakhile Humbane with his flute.

Sakhile Humbane with his flute.

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Sakhile Humbane, at the tender age of 22, has more than 12 years of study and practice under his belt in his pursuit of playing flute for audiences far and wide.

After more than a decade, the young performer and student at the South African College of Music of the University of Cape Town (UCT) has been able to showcase his skills a great deal and through it all he has maintained scholarly excellence, studying for his honours in music performance.

The UCT post-graduate flautist performed solo at the Hermanus Civic Centre at the Young Artists’ Concert series on Sunday 31 March, and while this third instalment of the series was an exciting event for him, it was certainly not his first rodeo.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have had many performance opportunities since I was 16, so I have been lucky to have played a countless number of concerts,” he says.

“Any opportunity to perform is wonderful but having a platform that is particularly for young musicians is even more exciting because we get the opportunity to showcase our youthful energy and hard work to concert goers.”

Despite ample experience playing the flute and performing, every recital requires the right preparation. For him, this includes “spending a lot of hours rehearsing to make sure that I am prepared – and also to make sure I have enough stamina to keep the performance engaging the whole way through.”

His performance included three works from well-known composers including Bach and Taffanel, and a piece by Reinecke to be performed with his friend and pianist, Seiren Wi.

The concert series is a product made possible by the National Youth Music Foundation (NYMF) and Overberg Arts, who also sponsored the annual National Youth Music Competition (NYMC). Both performers have competed on the NYMC stage, which Michael Maas, chairman of the NYMF says sees only the best performers in attendance.

“The NYMC, now in its 35th year, annually attracts the cream of classical instrumentalist between the ages of 14 and 19 to vie for the cash prizes of R145 000 and the sought after medals. This year’s competition runs from 8 to 12 October at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow, Cape Town,” Maas says.

While Wi and Humbane are not set to compete at the upcoming competition, he is grateful that it was able to lead him to perform at the concert series.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to hone our skills but also learn from each other as the country’s future musicians.”V For more information on the National Youth Music Competition, visit


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