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NATIONAL YOUTH CONCERTO FESTIVAL (article first published : 2004-10-9)

Earlier this year, young music students from all over South Africa were preparing themselves for auditions which would afford them the opportunity to perform with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra at the National Youth Concerto Festival (NYCF) in the Durban City Hall on October 14 at 19h30.

Dr David Tidboald, Conductor Laureate of the KZN Philharmonic, initiated the Youth Concerto Festival in 1971. When the then Natal Philharmonic Orchestra started in October 1983, the Youth Concerto Festival became affiliated with it in 1984 and it has been known as the National Youth Concerto Festival ever since. Subsequent to Dr Tidboald’s retirement earlier this year, the mantle of co-ordinator and conductor has fallen on the very capable shoulders of Lyk Temmingh, resident conductor of the KZNPO.

Temmingh auditioned a record entry of 109 soloists throughout the length and breadth of South Africa and 12 finalists were chosen from the cream of South Africa's up and coming young stars. They will travel to Durban from as far afield as Stellenbosch and Pretoria to perform in the concert. For several finalists, this will be the first time that they will perform with a professional orchestra, one of them, Jan Hugo, being only 13 years of age. Included in the line-up are brother and sister Ammiel and Avigail Bushakowitz, as well as 19 year old cellist Carina Venter who has been blind from birth.

Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KZN Philharmonic said, “We are delighted to host this concert each year. Giving performance opportunities to these talented young people is very much in line with our philosophy of pursuing the development and nurturing of talent in KwaZulu-Natal and the rest of South Africa.”

The programme on October 14 caters for everyone’s taste and will comprise solos for clarinet, violin, two flutes, xylophone, piano, cello and voice.

Booking at Computicket or call the KZN Philharmonic on 031 369 9404/9477 or e-mail: kznpomar@iafrica.com to subscribe for this and the remaining four concerts of the season.

For more details, click on the KZNPO advert on this page which will take you direct to the orchestra’s website.




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