Young musicians take to the stage

2016-08-16 06:00
Amber de Decker (16)          PHOTOS: Jeffrey Abrahams

Amber de Decker (16) PHOTOS: Jeffrey Abrahams

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Five young, local, classical musicians have been chosen to perform at the 45th annual Western Cape Youth Music Festival at Artscape Theatre on Friday 19 August.

This prestigious event offers accomplished musicians the opportunity of playing with a symphony orchestra on a professional concert stage.

Mowbray’s Amber De Decker (16), Abongile Fumba (26) and Nombulelo Yende (25); Rondebosch’s LeOui Rendsburg (22) and Ntando Ngcume (22) and Rosebank’s Ongama Mhlontlo will be performing alongside the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Brandon Phillips.

Violinist Amber, a Grade 10 learner at Herschel Girls’ School, will perform Saint-Saens’ “Violin Concerto No 3, Op 61 - 2nd movement”.

Amber has been studying the violin since the age of seven. She performed her first outing as a soloist at the Hugo Lambrechts Concerto Festival at the age of 12, before reaching the semi-finals of the SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition the following year.

In 2014 Amber obtained her Grade 7 in violin with distinction, before being awarded several silver medals at the Cape Town and Kaapse Afrikaanse Eisteddfods, and a gold medal in 2015 as winner of the Senior Strings category.

Tenor Ongama Mhlontlo, a second year student at the UCT Opera School, will be peforming excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.

Ongama started performing as a soloist at the age of 12, at the South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE) competition where he was also a finalist twice. He won a platinum prize at the Port Rex Eisteddfod and took first place this year at the 10th Grahamstown National Music Competition.

Besides being an active member and organist for the St Johns Collegiate Church Choir, Ongama has also performed in many UCT - Cape Town Opera collaborations since joining the Opera School.

Soprano LeOui Rendsburg, who will be performing the aria “O dieu! Que de Bijoux” from Gounod’s Faust, is doing her Master’s degree at the University of Cape Town .

She completed her BMus degree in opera at the UCT Opera School in 2015 with distinction and was appointed the class medalist both in 2013 and in 2014. In 2015, she played the role of Susanna in UCT’s Kaleidoscope performance of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro under the direction of Professor Angelo Gobbato.

Ntando Ngcume will be performing a piece from the same opera when he sings “Hai Gia Vinta…”.

Ntando is another student of the UCT Opera School, but he started performing in SASCE competitions as a choir member of Luhlaza High School Choir, before going on to achieve numerous awards as a soloist.

He has a performed as a chorus member for many of the Cape Town Opera’s recent productions under the baton on Kamal Khan along with participating in concerts hosted by George Stevens and Pretty Yende.

Mezzo soprano Abongile Fumba will be singing “Cruda Sorte” from L’italiana in Algeri. Abongile started her training at the South African College of Music in 2010. In 2015 as a postgraduate student she appeared as Annina in Verdi’s La Traviata and Marcelino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Abongile is in her final year of a Postgraduate Diploma in Music

Soprano Nombulelo Yende, who will be singing “Surta e la note” from Ernani, is also a South African College of Music student. She was one of the winners of the SASCE 2012 singing competition and made her debut at the Baxter Theatre Concert Hall performing in this year’s Opera Kaleidoscope presented by the UCT Opera School.V Tickets for the concert cost R80 or R40 for pensioners, students and scholars from Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.

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