Development students show their mettle

The names of the contestants for the 22nd Sanlam National Music Competition have been released by the Tygerberg Branch of the SASMT.

The names of the contestants for the 22nd Sanlam National Music Competition have been released by the Tygerberg Branch of the South African Society of Music Teachers (SASMT).

The 71 candidates were selected from a record entry of 155 following auditions in Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Parow, Cape Town. This year, the contestants include 14 students from development initiatives in disadvantaged communities. These students compete on equal terms with the other candidates.

According to Leon Hartshorne, chairperson of the SASMT: Tygerberg, the competition host, the general standard of candidates was again exceptional and the outreach initiative surpassed all expectations.

“Teachers in general see the extended competition as an invaluable window of opportunity to motivate music students from development groups who have so little to spur them on. The spontaneity and excitement of participants, especially those taking part for the first time, was very touching and reflected their passion and desire,” Hartshorne said.

The competition was devised and instituted by SASMT 22 years ago to create a platform at national level to develop talent from an early age. It has already put a number of young musicians on the road to successful music careers and even international acclaim.

There are four categories: Piano, Strings, Woodwind and Brass Instruments and Other Instruments (percussion, recorder, classical guitar and harp).

The competition will be held at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow from 20 to 24 September. Entry is free, except for the final round/gala concert when a modest charge will be levied in aid of the competition’s bursary fund.

For names of participants and full particulars visit http://www.sanlam.co.za (click Other,, Sponsorships and Cultural Initiatives).

Enquiries or tickets for gala concert: 021 939 9105 (10:00 – 18:00 weekdays)

André Coetzee
Media Relations Practioner
andre.coetzee@sanlam.co.za
021 947 2567
083 709 7065
http://www.sanlam.co.za

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