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Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Success of concert a suitable reward for FOM’s recognition and encouragement of young talent. (Review by Michael Green)

The annual KZN Rising Stars concert, presented by the Friends of Music and the South African Society of Music Teachers, drew a large and appreciative audience to the Durban Jewish Centre.

Ten performers aged 16 to 20 presented a programme ranging from Mozart to Gershwin and in the process they displayed an impressive array of talent.

They were: Sarah Camp, a pianist and cellist from St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls at Kloof; Natalie and Matthew Holman, sister and brother violinists from Roseway Waldorf School; Jessica Huang, pianist, from Crawford North Coast; Nina Kolev, violinist, from St Mary’s; Daniel Bedi, violinist and pianist from Kearsney College; Arianna Carini, guitarist, from Eden College; Saskia Dyson, singer, from Northlands Girls’ School; Si Jia Wu, pianist, from Durban Girls’ College; and Ewan Slabber, pianist, from, Glenwood High School.

Ewan Slabber is the son of the well-known Durban journalist Glynis Horning.

This was the final Friends of Music concert of the year, and its success was a suitable reward for the keen interest that the FOM and in particular its chairman, Dr Vera Dubin, have always shown in recognising and encouraging young talent. - Michael Green