SPECIAL GUEST OF THIS FESTIVAL:

PROF RÉKA SZILVAY from the Sibelius Academy in Finland will be giving masterclasses to Violinists and pre-formed ensembles.

IMPORTANT INFO:

Entries

APPLICATION DATES:

  • Applications open: 15 July 2019.
  • Applications close: Closed in September 2019

Auditions will take place ONLY by video recordings UPLOADED TO YOUTUBE AND THE LINK must be sent to gautengcmf@gmail.com

Ages and minimum standards

6-20 YEARS OLD

  • GAUTENG JUNIOR ENSEMBLES (mornings only):
    – Minimum standard of playing: Gr.3 (max age 6-10)
    – Minimum standard of playing: Gr. 4 (max age 11-12)
  • GAUTENG SENIOR STRINGS: Minimum standard of playing Gr.5
  • GAUTENG CHAMBER STRINGS: Minimum standard of playing Gr.7

Where?

WATERKLOOF NG CHURCH and MIDSTREAM COLLEGE

When?

FESTIVAL DATES AND PROGRAMME:

29 NOVEMBER – 7 DECEMBER

DETAILED PROGRAMME:

What?

The Gauteng Chamber Music Festival invites all string players who aim to play chamber music at an international level to audition for the fifth festival. The focus of the festival will be to nurture hard-working string players and cover the core values of chamber musicianship: phrasing, sensitive listening skills, refined playing technique and musical awareness through the emphasis on small group playing. Therefore, we can only accommodate a limited number of 65 string players.

Auditions:

AUDITION: The audition must be recorded on your phone and a Youtube link sent to gautengcmf@gmail.com

REQUIREMENTS FOR AUDITION:

  • GAUTENG CHAMBER STRINGS (minimum standard of playing Gr.7)
  • GAUTENG SENIOR STRINGS (minimum standard of playing Gr.5)
  • GAUTENG JUNIOR ENSEMBLES:
    – Minimum standard of playing: Gr.3 (max age 6-10)
    – Minimum standard of playing: Gr.4 (max age 11-12)
  • You need to record 2 pieces: 1 Baroque or Classical and 1 other piece of your choice, max. time 5 min all together, cuts allowed.

Fees (Include Audition Fee)

  • Payable before 7 September 2019
  • All fees are non-refundable
  • Festival fee includes daily tuition, snacks and lunch from 3 – 6 December and tickets for participants to masterclasses and the Staff Concert. Participants and parents are responsible for their own snacks and drinks on 29/11, 30/11, 1/12, 2/12 and 7/12.
  • Festival fee: 1st Child R1600 (INCLUDING AUDITION FEE)
  • Festival fee: 2nd Child R1400 (INCLUDING AUDITION FEE)
  • Festival fee: 3rd Child R1200 (INCLUDING AUDITION FEE)
  • Junior phase (mornings only): R1200  (INCLUDING AUDITION FEE)
  • Masterclass with Réka Szilvay: R400
  • Non-Festival participants entry fee for masterclasses: R150 per solo masterclass and R200 per ensemble class
APPLICATION FORM

Masterclass Application

MASTERCLASSES WITH RÉKA SZILVAY:

  • There are 22 masterclass slots available for groups and individuals: mornings of 29/11; 30/11 and full day: 2/12 and 3/12.
  • If you are playing with piano accompaniment, you are responsible for the accompanist fee. A piano is available for 4 lessons on 29/11 and 8 lessons on 2/12.
  • Contribution towards the lesson is R400 per 45 min lesson.
  • YouTube video audition of 4 min to be played and submitted by 03 September 2019 – Send the YouTube video link to gautengcmf@gmail.com. Note: If you are already submitting a video audition to participate in the festival, you do not need to submit another video audition for this.
  • Application fee of R200 per ensemble entry and R150 per solo entry.
  • Masterclass participants age 20 and younger must participate in the whole festival.
  • Fees are non-refundable

MASTERCLASSES FOR NON-FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS OLDER THAN 20 YEARS:

  • Students older than age 20 and pre-formed string, or piano- and string ensembles can also apply for Masterclasses with Réka Szilvay.
MASTERCLASS APPLICATION FORM

Public Masterclasses

Saturday 30 November

8:45 Welcome

9:00 Public Masterclass and 11:00 Lecture on Violin Ergonomics by Réka Szilvay (R100 ticket for morning session of non-participant) at Waterkloof NG Church. (R100 admission)

Concerts

2 Tickets are allocated per family for the Festival Gala Concert.

Vision

To develop chamber music and musicianship skills in young string players, so that they play with intelligence, creativity and musical insight.

“Don’t use music to play the violin, use the violin to play music!” – Isaac Stern

Why?

Children that are gifted in music are greatly inspired by playing music with others. They learn from their peers and for some it is an eye-opener of the high standard others are able to play at a similar age. It further develops their social skills: listening to others, communicating, leading others, patience with others and oneself in a group context.

Healthy competition:

Participants that have taken part in the previous festivals would aspire to grow sufficiently during this year to qualify for the next festival, where they will need to pass an audition of a minimum grade according to their age.

Goal:

To improve and transform the standard of instrumental playing. To expect excellence from children from a very early age – and so psychologically uplift children. To promote social development and harmony between children from all backgrounds and ages in South Africa, with the best tool possible – music.

Method:

Following the example of the world-renowned Kodály concept, this course will place great emphasis on singing everything before it is played. This has been proven to nurture the young child’s inner ear, teaching them to hear what they see on paper, and also phrase the way they sing. Rhythm and sight-reading skills will also be practised and nurtured daily.

“He who plays before he sings, may remain unmusical for a lifetime.” – Zoltan Kodály