Cancelled music festival supports talent

2019 Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival winner, Colette Brand.

Patrons have been logging on to the website www.sicmf.co.za to watch last year’s concerts, but this virtual world is no substitute for the real thing, and most importantly, is a very poor substitute for the students who would ordinarily be engaging in rehearsals, master classes and concerts.

“Engagement” being the operative word with music being the vehicle for social interaction between around 300 students from all walks of life.

The magic of the SICMF culminates in a grand prize-giving at the final concert, where world famous manufacturers of instruments, sheet music suppliers and individuals show their generosity in awarding instruments, sheet music and bursaries to deserving individuals, and the department of music at Stellenbosch University.

The 10-day job shadow scholarship was first awarded in 2013.

This scholarship provides the means for a deserving student to travel internationally to the place of work/residence of one of the SICMF faculty members, engaging in lessons, rehearsals, recording sessions and the daily life of the said faculty member for a period of 10 days.

Due to the generosity of a number of SICMF donors, this scholarship will be awarded this year, and the recipient will receive a grant including travel and accommodation valued at R45 000.

Eligible candidates must have attended the SICMF in the last three years and the recipient will be chosen by the SICMF executive management upon considering recommendations from the faculty members.

The 17th edition of the SICMF will take place in July 2021.