3rd June 2013, Posted in Things to do
Now in its 10th year, the music festival seeks to provide talented young musicians with a platform to study, perform and gain inspiration from orchestral playing and chamber music. The festival is conducted at an international level. It is held over the course of 10 days and attracts a large number of students and visitors. The event puts Stellenbosch University and South Africa on the international music calendar. It is a platform to nurture young talent and promote growth in South Africa’s young musically talented individuals. The festival encourages young musicians to further their musical talents and studies. In doing so, young musicians significantly contribute to South Africa’s culturally diverse heritage.
The now internationally acclaimed festival started out in 2004. It was the brainchild of Artistic Director, Professor Nina Schuman and her husband; pianist Luis Magalhães. A mere 35 students were expected at the first show but more than 100 students enrolled. Today it enjoys recognition as an international event and is the only festival of its kind on the African continent.
Approximately 240 national and international students between the ages of 12 and 28 will be divided into a different chamber groups. These students are selected from top national and international institutions. The students receive coaching from internationally respected South African artists and chamber music experts. The students will then be given the chance to perform in a number of concerts. Festival features include an interview/ lecture series, public master classes and student and faculty chamber music concerts concluding in concerts performed by the Festival Concert Orchestras and the Festival Symphony.
The festival is one of kind and the only festival in South Africa to offer orchestral playing/ tuition and chamber music within one event. For many of the students, it will be the first time playing in a symphony orchestra. It is a unique opportunity for students at the festival to perform with international students and participate in a superior level of playing. At the end of the day this benefits everyone. For an overview of what is taking place and when, check out their programme page.
Ten all- inclusive scholarships have been offered to 10 participants at the SICMF. For these lucky few, an opportunity to job- shadow with a faculty member for 10 days abroad will be a welcome reward!
The event will take place between the 5th and the 14th of July this year at the Stellenbosch University Konservatorium. Tickets will be made available via Webtickets. Check out the venues page to find out where concerts will be performed.