The winners of the 13th annual National Eisteddfod Academy Young Performer Awards are announced.
This highly regarded Awards competition, presented by the National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA), a non-profit organisation for youth development in music, dance, drama and visual arts, attracted entries of over 1 300 top achievers in the arts from all over the country.
Since March and after three preliminary rounds, 28 talented young performers and groups finally competed for their stake of the R50 000 prize money at the finals held at the Roodepoort Theatre on 21 May.
The evening’s programme, which played to a large enthusiastic and supportive audience, culminated with the announcement of the winners by Dr Francois van den Berg, CEO of the NEA and the presentation of the medals by the panel of adjudicators.
The adjudicators for the 2016 Awards were Rouel Beukes, Annette Engelbrecht, Tebogo Kgobokoe, Sibongile Mngoma and Anne Williams.
The winner of the Gold Medal and R15 000 in cash was Roxanne van Oudtshoorn, a Grade 9 violinist from Dainfern College. She was accompanied on piano by the well-known Dianne Coutts. Roxanne, who dazzled the audience with her virtuoso performance of Pablo de Sarasaté’s Zigeuner Weisen, was also the winner of the Senior Phase (grade 7 – 9) in Classical Music, as well as the Overall Winner in the Senior Level. Her violin teacher is Miroslav Chakaryan.
The Silver Medal went to the Dainfern College High School Marimba Band and the Bronze Medal was awarded to the young dancer Sandile Jay Mahlangu. Sandile was also the Overall Winner in the FET level and the Dainfern College Marimbas also received the award for the Best Group performance.
The adjudicators’ panel awarded Blueprint, a dance group from the Randfontein Primary School with the award for the Most Inspiring Performance.
Other awards presented went to a young drummer, Rahil Singh, from Maragon Private School for the Best Entry level performer (Grade 0-3) and Carina Naudé (Monument High Music Magnet) on violin, was the Overall Winner in the Intermediate (Gr. 4 – 6) level.
The winners of the 4th NEA Young Artist award were also announced: The Senior Young Artist Award went to Philip Haussamer (The Sketch Art Studio) and the Junior Young Artist Award went to Xio-Chi Juan (Bryneven Primary School).
The annual NEA Young Performer Awards affords the opportunity for young, upcoming learners in the performing arts from across the country, to attempt to reach and compete at the Finals and has proven to be the springboard for many of the participants. Many past winners and participants have gone on to excel on the professional stage. Recently, Henno William (Silver medallist in 2015) (SA’s Got Talent 2015 finalist) signed a contract with a New York-based music executive who will launch the young singer-songwriter in the United States and internationally. Other notable names are Andile Ndlovu and Camille Bracher (both top achievers in Ballet in South Africa and internationally); Julian Hepburn (finalist in “SA’s Got Talent”), Carmen Pretorius (leading roles in Mamma Mia and Cinderella) and Iman Bulbulia who recently performed at the Carnegie Hall.
Information (how to enter, fees and closing date for entries in 2016) regarding the National Eisteddfod of South Africa™ is available on the website www.eisteddfod.co.za.
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