It was an honour and a privilege for the Barbershop Boys to be invited by the Bishop Of Pretoria, to perform at the “140 Anniversary of the Anglican Diocese of Pretoria” Gala Dinner last night. Distinguished guests included the Bishop of Pretoria, Allan Kannemeyer, the Archbishop of South Africa, Thabo Makgoba, the Gauteng Provincial Premier, Mr David Makhura and a number of other religious and royal dignitaries. The Barbershop Boys gave a sterling performance and did the College and everyone very proud.
BRAVO to Louis Nel (middle), who won the Piano category and was awarded the overall FIRST prize (gold medal) at the final round of the National Youth Music Competition on Saturday night!
For the final round, finalists performed concertos with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium. Louis performed the first movement from Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no. 3.
We would also like to congratulate saxophonist Clara Lubbe (on the right) from our sister school St Mary’s DSG, who won the category for Wind Instrumentalists, as well as the overall third prize.
Louis is a private student of Mrs Claudine van Breda and Clara is a private student of Mrs Karin Groenewald.
The second prize went to pianist Qden Blaauw (left) from Durbanville.
Photo credit: The National Youth Music Competition.
What an honour and privilege it was to perform alongside St Alban’s College Old Boy, Danie Conradie, at the Atterbury Theatre tonight. In September, Danie embarks on fulfilling his dream to study Musical Theatre at the New York Film Academy. We are so incredibly proud of you and we wish you all of the very best.
A HUGE congratulations to Louis Nel (Form 3) who was announced the overall winner of the Atterbury National Piano Competition at the final evening on Friday night! Louis was awarded the following prizes:
A Gert Becker Family Trust prize for making it to the final round of the competition
The Joseph Stanford prize for the best performance of a Baroque work
The Stephen Allen prize for the best performance of a Romantic work
The Willie de Jager prize for the best performance of a Modern work
The Optiphi prize for winning the 19 & under category
The Hennie Joubert prize of R5000 plus the Valumax prize of R30 000 for being the overall winner
Furthermore, Louis won the following trophies at the recent AKV Eisteddfod:
Best Performance: Bach
Best Achievement: Beethoven
Best Performance: Classical 14-18 years
Best Achievement: Russian Composers
Best Achievement: Concerto
Best Performance: 20th/21st Century
Best Achievement: Recital 14-18 years
Best Achievement: Grade 8 Music
Outstanding Technique - 13 years and older
Best Achievement: 16 years and under
Best Achievement: 14-18 years
Winner: Senior Piano Section
A trophy as well as the Hennie Joubert Bursary: Overall Winner of the Piano Section
Overall Winner: Instrumental Section
Louis is a private piano student of Mrs Claudine van Breda.
The Music Mix concert that took place on Thursday, 28th September. It was a joyous celebration of the music talent we have at the College. There were excellent solo and small ensemble performances, and as always, the Band, Barbershop and Choir were in top form. Tribute was paid to the matrics who have been involved with music at St Alban's College. Thank you to Michelle van Rensburg for the beautiful pictures