Lo­cals shine in na­tional con­test


The 12th Na­tional Gra­ham­stown Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion 2018, hosted by the De­part­ment of Mu­sic and Mu­si­col­ogy Rhodes Univer­sity from 21-23 June 2018, was an in­spir­ing three days of ex­cit­ing mu­sic-mak­ing.

Tak­ing place an­nu­ally the week­end be­fore the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val, the Com­pe­ti­tion al­ways leaves au­di­ence mem­bers, teach­ers and young per­form­ers with the happy im­pres­sion that South African young­sters have mu­si­cal tal­ent be­yond mea­sure.

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion was no ex­cep­tion, with our young per­form­ers once again dis­play­ing as­ton­ish­ing mu­si­cal prow­ess on the Beethoven Room’s stage.

Ad­ju­di­ca­tors Lwazi Mkula (VP teacher) and Tessa Rhoodie (Univer­sity of Pretoria se­nior lec­turer) had the dif­fi­cult task of se­lect­ing three prizewin­ners in each cat­e­gory as well as four in­di­vid­ual prizewin­ners.

Most no­table this year were the strong per­for­mances of 11 lo­cal con­tes­tants, three of whom (Eva Vas­sil­iou KC, Emily Mor­gan DSG, Siv­inathi Sik­ina VG) made the cut to the semi­fi­nals. Emily Mor­gan went on to win first prize in the Se­nior cat­e­gory while Sive­nathi Sik­ina placed 2nd. The two girls shared the prize for the best Gra­ham­stown en­trant.

Re­sults of the 12th Na­tional Gra­ham­stown Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion 2018 Ju­nior:

• Madi­son le Roux (Piano West­ern Cape) • Kumkani Ka­bane (Bari­tone East­ern Cape) • Robyn Hough (Clar­inet East­ern Cape)


• Emily Mor­gan (Piano East­ern Cape) • Sive­nathi Sik­ina (Piano East­ern Cape) • Matthew Perry (Sax­o­phone East­ern Cape)


• Yo­han Chun (Piano West­ern Cape) • Lihle Mab­hula (Flute West­ern Cape) • Grant Sny­man (Clar­inet East­ern Cape)

Yo­han Chun Lihle

Best pian­ist: Best wood­wind player:

Mab­hule (flute)

Best string player:

Eras­mus (vi­olin) Joas

Best Gra­ham­stown en­trant:

Emily Mor­gan (piano) and Sive­nathi Sik­ina (voice)

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