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Horn soloist, Sorin Osorean performs Alexander Glazuno's Reverie for horn and orchestra as part of the Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra's Gala Concert for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Sunday 05 July 2015. The Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Richard Cock. (Photo: CuePix/Harold Gess)

Directing the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) through a wideranging programme, conductor Richard Cock showed his expertise in handling varied repertoire. However, it is as an accompanist that Cock excels, and his sensitive leadership of the orchestra through an array of accompaniments created artistic space where each soloist had ample opportunity to showcase their craft.

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In a brace of three French chanson, bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana – this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Music – proved his mettle as a recitalist of merit. Communicating the essence of each song with unrestrained emotion, Ngqungwana’s close identification with the artistic idiom underpinned his ability to transfer the soul of each chanson with untrammelled abandon.

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Njabulo Madlala has got the world in his hands. Photo: Timmy Henny

Showcasing his versatility, this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, baritone Njabulo Madladla, presented a recital covering a myriad of vocal genres: spirituals, musical theatre, French Chanson, German Lied – from the early and late Romantic period – and songs from Africa. This mix of genres and styles appealed to the audience and created space for the pianist, William Vann, to revel in his polished improvisatory style, juxtaposed with superb control and understanding of a repertoire drawn from the canon of Western art music.

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The Albany Museum currently showcases a new exhibition of art history – the 14/30: Goodman Gallery and the Standard Bank Young Artist Award exhibition.

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Remaking a classic work is a daunting task for any young director, since comparisons are bound to be made between the original version and its latest incarnation. In the upcoming tour of this production it’s likely that Prince Lamla (winner of this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama) will also be asked by more than one interviewer whether or not he feels the play still bears any relevance to contemporary South Africa, since it concerns events which took place at a very specific historical juncture.

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Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, Runette Botha, enticed and beguiled an appreciative audience throughout her inaugural Festival recital. From the moment this statuesque beauty entered the stage, she conveyed professional artistic  dedication and skill that compelled attention.

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Standing next to her imposingly-clad and brightly-coloured figures, Mary Sibande seems reserved. Wrapped in a tan jersey, she stands with her feet tightly together and hands in her jean-pockets. Her eyes are lowered.

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Dance at this year’s Fest might stretch your expectation parameters uncomfortably; given the wide array of good possibility on festival dance stages, from Main to Arena to Fringe, you’re guaranteed not to be bored. This is partly due to an  inspired move by the Standard Bank Young Artist Award (SBYA) committee to include a previously ignored genre – performance art – for the first time.

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This year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, Kelebogile Boikanyo’s recital traversed a wide selection of works mostly from the well trodden operatic bonbon repertory. However, it was in the art song offerings of Rimsky-Korsakov, Cui, and De Falla that Boikanyo found her true realm of artistic expression.

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Dance finds its strength in international influences this year, with companies and choreographers collaborating from across the globe to bring thought-provoking work to Festival stages.

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