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Philip H Moore Music Competition
Philip H Moore (1916 – 2005) was born in Stockport, England. He graduated from University with a degree in Chemical engineering and built up a successful business in Durban. He was a philanthropist who donated money to many worthy causes, and he had a love for music, particularly classical music. The Philip H Moore music competition has been set up in his memory by his wife, Norma and his daughter, Victoria Bennett, who is a Kensington resident. Jeppe High School for Girls was approached in 2005 by Victoria Bennett to host the competition.
The competition for classical soloists was launched in 2006 and has gone from strength to strength since then. Catering for musicians from ages 8 and under up to and including 25 years, the competition showcases a great variety of soloists playing instruments which have included cello, viola, harp, trumpet, trombone, guitar, voice, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, flute, recorder and piano. The competition comprises a First and Second Round and a Final Round in the form of a Gala event.
The finals of the Philip H Moore Music Competition were held on Saturday 30th August at 14:00. Once again, the standard across all categories was amazing. The contestants themselves choose their programmes, which results in a huge variety of pieces being played. In the past, this world class competition has had cello, voice, clarinet and pianists as winners of the 19-25 year old category. Last year saw pianists battling it out in the final round, but this year, after wonderful performances by pianists, marimba and other instruments in the preliminary rounds, the four finalists that were eventually chosen had voice as their instrument.
Congratulations to the following musicians who took part in the final round of the competition:
Category A 8-10 years
Rin Matsuki on violin was awarded first place (Teacher – Bernard Wozny, Accompanist – Gisela Sariba, School – American International School of Johannesburg ).
Teboho Motsatse on piano came second
Category B 11 – 12 years
Leo Huan on piano was awarded first place (Teacher – Claudine van Breda, School – Lynwood Ridge Primary)
Iman Bulbulia on piano came second
Category C 13 – 14 years
Beate Boshoff on piano was awarded first place (Teacher – Jenny Reed-Truida, School – Kestell Primary School)
Nicola van der Walt on piano came second
Category D 15 – 16 years
Althea Steynberg on recorder was awarded first place (Teacher – Tiensie-Louise Lategan, Accompanist – Tnx Lötter, School – Home School)
Swunhtat Oo on piano came second
Category E 17 – 18 years
Tesmarie Jansen Van Vuuren on violin was awarded first place (Teacher – Zante Hofmeyr, Accompanist – Martie Janse Van Vuuren, School – Zwartkop Hoërskool)
Category F 19 – 25 years
Palesa Malieloa (Voice) was awarded first place. She is taught by Conroy Cupido and was accompanied by Tinus Botha.
Melissa Gerber (Voice) took second place
Joanie Hofmeyr (Voice) took third place
Mzwandile Mabusa (Voice) took fourth place.
There were approximately 130 entrants in the 2013 competition, and as always, the standard was extremely high. Judges saw contestants performing on piano, flute, saxophone, clarinet, cello, violin and recorder. Congratulations to Tamlyn Harker (a Grade 10 Jeppe Girls’ pupil) who received Silver certificates for two instruments – violin and recorder!
Peta-Ann Holdcroft and Malcolm Nay were the judges for the second round of the competition and with breathtaking performances by all, it was a very difficult decision selecting the finalists.
The adjudicators for the gala evening on 31 August were Waldo Weyer from the University of North West, Prof John Hinch from Tuks and Marian Friedman from Wits. The contestants’ performances were outstanding.
Category A: 8-10 years
Winner – Leo Huan from Lynwood Ridge Primary School on Piano (Teacher: Claudine van Breda)
2nd place – Malan Du Plessis from Crawford Preparatory School on Piano (Teacher: Chantie Minaar)
Category B: 11-12 years
Winner – Willem Naude from Laerskool Helderkruinon on Cello (Teacher: Karin Scholz)
2nd place – Zandi Viljoen (home schooled) on Piano (Teacher: Claudine van Breda)
Category C: 13-14 years
Winner – Cindy Ju from Trinity House on Piano (Teacher: Dr Tessa Rhoodie)
2nd place – Althea Steynberg (home schooled) on Recorder (Teacher: Tiensie-Louise Lategan)
Category D: 15-16 years
Winner – Landi Schaap fromAfrikaans Hoër Meisies Pretoria on Piano (Teacher: Claudine van Breda)
2nd place – Stephen Maycock from St John’s College on Clarinet (Teacher: Allan Thompson)
Category E: 17-18 years
Winner – Andre Breet from Hoërskool Monument on Piano (Teacher: Prof Joseph Stanford and Mrs Hannelie Viljoen)
2nd place – Naledi Dweba from National School of the Arts on Clarinet (Teacher: Jana Barnard)
Category F: 19-25 years
Winner – Willem De Beer on-Piano (Teacher: Prof Joseph Stanford). Willem was born in Bethlehem in the Free State and started playing piano in 2005. In 2009, he won the overall first prize at the Arts Trust National Piano Competition. He was selected to participate in the National Artscape Youth Music Competition and won the prize for the best performance of a concerto. He accompanied his school choir, Menlopark, when they toured internationally in 2010. In 2011, Willem was the youngest competitor to advance to the semi-finals in the UNISA National Piano Competition. He also won the overall first prize at the Atterbury National Piano Competition. He won numerous prizes in 2012 and is currently continuing his studies at the University of Pretoria as a third year student in B Mus.
Brian Bae on Piano took 2nd place (Teacher: Prof Joseph Stanford), William Earl on Piano took 3rd place (teacher Dana Cilliers) and Julien Lume on Piano took 4th place (Teacher: Dana Cilliers).