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Thursday, December 3, 2015


(Michael Mass who founded the competition with Sakhile Humbane and Brandon Phillips who conducted the orchestra in the final round of the competition. Picture supplied by

Sakhile Humbane (19), a Durban High School Old Boy (Class of 2013) recently walked off with the laurels at this year’s National Youth Music Competition.

Hosted by the National Youth Music Foundation, this annual competition is open to classical instrumentalists aged between 14 and 19 years and offers cash prizes.

This year saw 19 musicians from across South Africa auditioning to take part in a four round play-off where each musician had to perform a variety of classical works in front of eight adjudicators, assisted by a shadow jury that included former contestants and music students.

Apart from clinching the prestigious gold medal and prize money at the grand finale concert at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow, Cape Town, Humbane also walked off with the prize for the best concerto performance, as well as the Leon Hartshorne prize for the best wind instrumentalists.

Humbane, who was born in Durban and now lives in Rondebosch, performed Francois Borne’s Fantaise brillante sur Carmen with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO). As part of his first prize he will go on to perform at concerts at Nederburg in Paarl, Overstrand Arts in Hermanus, the Darling Music Experience, as well as a concert or recital of the Friends of Orchestral Music (Cape Town).

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