Cape Argus - - METRO -

EX­CITE­MENT has reached fever pitch and it is all sys­tems go for to­mor­row’s fi­nal of this year’s Na­tional Youth Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion at the Hugo Lam­brechts Au­di­to­rium in Parow.

The 19 fi­nal­ists have been slug­ging it out since Tues­day – with the best among them tak­ing to the stage to­mor­row night.

Nine stu­dents from three uni­ver­si­ties have been serv­ing as a shadow jury in the con­test. Among them is 2016 win­ner, saxophonist Cameron Wil­liams. All the jury mem­bers study mu­sic in the cor­re­spond­ing fields of the 19 con­tes­tants, namely pi­ano, vi­o­lin, cello, flute, clar­inet and sax­o­phone.

The an­nual com­pe­ti­tion, pre­sented by the Na­tional Youth Mu­sic Foun­da­tion, was started 34 years ago by founder and chair­per­son, Michael Maas.

“This con­cept of­fers for­mer con­tes­tants and emerg­ing mu­si­cians the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover the in­ner work­ings of the ad­ju­di­cat­ing process at mu­sic con­tests,” said Maas.

The 2015 win­ner and tal­ented flautist, Sakhile Hum­bane, re­turns as guest soloist at to­mor­row’s fi­nal­ists’ gala con­cert.

The panel of ad­ju­di­ca­tors con­sists of Maas, Pro­fes­sor Ella Fourie, Vaughan Pi­etersen of Frank Pi­etersen Mu­sic School, pro­fes­sors Nina Schu­mann and Corvin Matei from Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity, Khany­isile Mthetwa from Wits Univer­sity, John Theodore, Polina Bur­dukova and Doc­tor Becky Steltzner from UCT.

* To­mor­row’s fi­nals start at 7pm. Tick­ets cost R120 for adults and R90 for pen­sion­ers, stu­dents and pupils. Book at Com­puticket on 0861 915 8000, Sho­prite and Check­ers out­lets, or on­line at www. com­

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