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Thursday, October 24, 2013


A 15-year-old violinist from Johannesburg has walked off with top laurels at the 2013 Artscape National Youth Music Competition. As part of her first prize she has been invited to perform in a concert at Hilton College, in KwaZulu-Natal in 2014.

After an inspiring and challenging week of elimination rounds where 23 contestants from around South Africa came together to compete in the competition, Frances Whitehead from Dunkeld Johannesburg was declared the Overall Winner receiving R25,000 and a Gold Medal. She also won the Category prize for string instruments and the best performance of a Concerto in the final round.

Included in the Category Prize Winners who received R5,000 and a silver medal is flautist Sakhile Humbane (17) from Durban. 

The National Youth Music Competition is presented by Artscape in association with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Cape Town, Rupert Music Foundation and Fine Music Radio.
For more information contact Michael Maas CEO Artscape 021 410 9921 or Berniece Friedmann 021 434 4951 / 082 892 5877 /