Classic instrumentalists to battle at national competition

Pictured jamming up a storm in the run-up to the competition are Kian Goliath, 15, from Loevenstein, Isaac van der Merwe, 19, from Plumstead, and Talitha Vermeulen, 17, from Bellville.

Isaac van der Merwe, 19, from Plumstead, is among the 20 musicians who have successfully auditioned for the annual National Youth Music Competition (NYMC), which will take place from Monday December 5 to Saturday December 10 at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow.

Participants will compete in five categories for orchestral musical instruments – piano, string instruments, woodwind instruments, brass instruments and other orchestral instruments.

They must perform a wide-ranging repertoire of their choice that covers different style periods and South African compositions.

They will vie for cash prizes totalling R155 000 on top of the gold, silver and bronze medals.