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Wednesday, December 5, 2012


An impressive and encouraging display of youthful talent. (Review by Michael Green)

Every year the Friends of Music, in collaboration with the South African Society of Music Teachers, present a concert called Rising Stars in which young performers are given the opportunity to display their abilities.

This year’s concert, at the Durban Jewish Centre was, as usual, an impressive and encouraging display of youthful talent. Ten young KZN musicians, aged 16 to 18, gave a programme ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to George Gershwin. In doing so they showed technical skills, musical insight and a poise and sophistication exemplified by the elegant evening gowns of the young ladies among them.

These were the performers:
Arne Janse van Rensburg, piano. He was born in the Netherlands 18 years ago and came to South Africa as a small boy.  
Caterina Reigi, recorder, aged 17, a pupil at Our Lady of Fatima Convent School.
Margie Fan, piano, aged 16, at Crawford North Coast.
Catherine Lin, flute, a matric pupil at St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls, Kloof.
Romy Allen, piano, 18, also at St Mary’s.
 Frances Muir, soprano, 18, Crawford North Coast.
Janice Atkinson, flute, 18, Westville Girls’ High.
William Chin, violin, 18, Clifton College.
Sakhile Humbane, flute, 16, Durban High School.
Kathryn Stranex, piano, 18, Crawford College La Lucia.

They were accompanied on the piano, where necessary, by Bobby Mills, Liezl-Maret Jacobs, Ros Conrad and Dana Hadjiev.

It would be invidious and unfair to single out individuals in this list. How do you compare a flute sonata by Hindemith with a piano nocturne by Chopin? Suffice it to say that the standard was generally very high and that the performers were a credit to their teachers. - Michael Green