The winners in the final round of the 15th annual National Eisteddfod Young Performer Awards were announced on 19 May at the Roodepoort Theatre.
This highly regarded awards event for young performers, presented by the National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA), a non-profit organisation for youth development in music, dance, drama and visual arts, was held on Saturday May 19 at the Roodepoort Theatre.
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 2018 Awards were well-known Tebogo Kgobokoe, Matt Stern, Izak Davel, David Johnson and Deirdré Blignaut-Rautenbach.
The winner of the Gold Medal and R30 000 in cash was the cellist Vaughan McLea, a student of Susan Mouton. He is currently in Grade 10 at Helpmekaar College.
The Silver Medal and R15 000 in cash went to Lebeko Mosunkutu, a talented Grade 5 pianist from Redhill School. He is a student of Dr Nita Wolff.
The Bronze Medal and R5 000 in cash went to a Grade 12 actress from Hoërskool Swartkop, Marielle Maritz, who is trained by the Issie Venter Drama School.
The adjudicators’ panel awarded the Prestige College Marimba Band with a Most Inspiring Performer Award.
Various other cash prizes were also awarded to the winners of the junior and senior categories in the different genres as identified during the four semi-final rounds from 9 – 12 May.
The results of the 5rd NEA Young Artist award were also announced at this event: the senior winner of the 2018 Young Artist award was Joayne Jenni Li (St Johns College). The winner of the junior (Grade 4 – 7) category was Abigail Oliver, trained by the Marlize Kenmuir Art Studio. The winning position in the Foundation Phase category was shared by two pupils from Bryanston Parallel Medium School, Gabriella Seeliger and Stephan Eykelhof.
The annual NEA Young Performer Awards provides a competition platform for young, talented learners in the performing arts from across the country and has proved to be the springboard for many of the participants. Many past winners and participants in the Awards competition that have also gone on to excel on the professional stage. Notable names include Andile Ndlovu and Camille Bracher (both top achievers in ballet, in South Africa and internationally); Julian Hepburn, Isabella Snyman and Henno William (finalists in “SA’s got talent”), Carmen Pretorius (leading roles in Mamma Mia, Cinderella and recently in the Sound of Music) and Iman Bulbulia (finalist at the Sanlam National Music Competition who also was invited to perform at the Carnegie Hall) amongst others.
Further information about the National Eisteddfod 2018 (categories, how to enter, entry fees and closing date for entries) is available on their website www.eisteddfod.co.za.
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