Young musicians head to national competition

Joshua Bogenhagen,13, plays the oboe.

The SAMRO National Music Competition will be on at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow from September 24 till September 28.

Samro (South African Music Rights Organisation) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It promotes the country’s fresh musical talent, protects the rights of composers and helps musicians perform nationally and internationally.

Jean-Kyle Bogenhagen, from Kraaifontein, will be one of the youngest musicians taking part. He started taking piano lessons when he was 6, and, driven to be a top pianist, he practises six days a week.

This is his second year participating in the competition.

Connor Southgate, 12, is a violinist from Kuils River. He enjoys playing soccer when not practising for the competition.

Joshua Bogenhagen, 13, from Kuils River said his dreams were too big to be written about.

He started playing the oboe when he was 4.

Corban Beukes, 10, from Protea Heights in Brackenfell, has been playing the violin since he was 3. He lists Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bruch, Mendleson and Vivaldi among his favourite composers.

Corban practises one hour every day, but on weekends he tends to just play for enjoyment.

He said he was looking forward to the competition, and was excited and nervous but also determined to do well. He also enjoys playing with Lego and vintage cards as well as swimming and reading.

The four boys are among 57 participants in the competition, and eight finalists will vie for the winning title on the final night, Friday September 28.