Young musicians selected for music competition

Miah Newman, 10, of Goodwood, plays the violin.

Young musicians from the northern suburbs will be among those taking part in the Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition from Monday September 26 to Friday September 30 at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow.

The Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition is organised and presented by the Tygerberg branch of the South African Society of Music Teachers (SASMT).

The competition was inspired by Professor Hubert van der Spuy, former chairman of the SASMT (Tygerberg Branch) and widely respected music educator. The first competition took place in 1989.

It offers an opportunity for children aged 13 years and younger to compete against their peers from across the country. Several previous winners of the competition have not only gone on to study music at tertiary level, but have also in turn become critically (even internationally) acclaimed performers and educators themselves. On occasion, others have returned to the competition as members of the jury panel.

“We are excited to invite a number of worthy students/participants to the competition this year. We were happy to hear during the online auditions of the good work being done all over the country. We salute the teachers, students and parents for their input, hard work and encouragement. We are looking forward to our 33rd competition,” said Hilda Boonzaaier, chairperson of the Tygerberg branch of the South African Society of Music Teachers.

The competition final will be live streamed on Friday September 30 on the Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition YouTube channel.

Pupils from the northern suburbs taking part are Anneline Steenkamp, 11, piano, Durbanville; Eléna Anna Monvoisin, 12, piano, Loevenstein; Faith Boer, 13, clarinet, Kuilsrivier; Isolde Venter, 8, piano, Durbanville; Jean Tai A’koh Julius, 10, piano, Goodwood; Lea Snyman, 8, piano, Bellville; Ling Xi Fu, 8, piano, Parow North; Miah Newman, 10, violin, Goodwood; Nina Cilliers, 12, violin, Durbanville; and Quinn Goliath, 13, saxophone, Loevenstein.

Jean Tai A’koh Julius, 10, from Goodwood, plays the piano.
Quinn Goliath, 13, of Loevenstein, plays the saxophone.
Lea Snyman, 8, of Bellville, plays the piano.
Ling Xi Fu, 8, of Parow North, plays the piano.