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JACQUI WINS! (article first published : 2005-10-11)

It was mission accomplished for violinist Jacqui Wedderburn-Maxwell (12) from Durban North at the 17th national Sanlam Music Competition for Primary School Learners that ended at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow last month - widely acclaimed the best competition yet!

Jacqui dearly wanted gold - and the gold medal (first overall) she got! She also won the category prize for Strings. In the 2003 competition she was placed third overall but because of her studies at the Yehudi Menuhin school in London she did not compete last year.

For her interpretation of A. Johnson's Jazz Impromptu, pianist Misako Tsumori (13) of Crawford, La Lucia (Durban) received the prize for the best execution of a South African composition. Also competing in the final round of eight was young violinist Michelle Hsu (9) from Durban Girls' College.

The competition is presented annually by the South African Society of Music Teachers (Tygerberg) for learners up to and including grade seven. The purpose is to identify promising music learners and to give them the opportunity of competing at national level at an early stage.

It is the only competition of its kind for primary school learners and, in the past 17 years, has been the first step on the road to (even international) acclaim for many young South African musicians.




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