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Gregory Newton Pretty Yende (Honorary Patron)
Since obtaining a distinction for her Performer’s Diploma in Opera from the University of Cape Town, Yende has gone on to win numerous prizes for excellence in music. In 2009 she won all the major prizes at the Hans Gabor International Singing Competition in Austria, first prize at the Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition in Spain amongst others, and sharing first in the Finnish Savonnlina International Singing Competition. She has appeared in numerous operas and currently studies in the Opera Studios of La Scala, Italy under the mentorship of the great soprano Mirella Freni.

‘It would really be a great honour for me to be one of the patrons of this prestigious festival...my dream is to inspire and let the world know that with God anything is possible...and my life is a full testimony to that’. P Yende.

avril Avril Kinsey (Founding Director, Chairperson FCTAM)
In her diverse artistic career Avril has performed on 4 continents, recorded 5 CDs, composed over 25 works for classical guitar, produced documentaries for SABC television, authored 2 music books, a film script and several articles for ‘Classical Guitar’, UK, as well as having founded the Cape Town Academy of Music, where she also lectures.

She has been awarded prizes and scholarships including the Adcock Ingram Classical Guitar Competition first prize, the Jules Kramer Fine Art and Music Scholarship and the Astris award, a life time achievement award for excellence in music. In 2009 Avril obtained an MMus with distinction for her 308 page research dissertation ‘Music for Classical Guitar by South African Composers’.
She is the first person in South Africa to commission a classical guitar composition from a Black South African composer.

In 2010 she lectured and performed at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and gave master classes, adjudicated and performed at the Hermoupolis Guitar Festival and Competition in Greece.

Steven Felmore (Vice Chairperson FCTAM)
Both artist and musician, apart from working on his series of Fynbos Cape eco-system inspired oil paintings, Steven has been an instructor of the Trinity Guildhall Rock School course at the CTAM on a part time basis. For the past two years he has focussed on the classical guitar, and is at present studying for the Trinity College of London LTCL recital diploma. His greatest musical achievement has been the performance of the Chaconne from the 2nd Partitia for violin solo by Johann Sebastian Bach, transcribed for guitar. He is presently employed by a top Design agency.

“Music and Art are for me a continous inspiration. It is both an uplifting and spiritual pursuit that forms a universal and timeless communication that bridges all cultural divisions. I say ‘spiritual’ for I beleive it is an expression of the soul within us all and that one should either be a listener or a viewer to absorb what others have created, or if one is blessed with talent, learn how to create and perform via whatever opportunities are available - such as this music festival and competition, which is coupled with another noble art-form, that of good wine!

Ann Coltham (Secretary / Fundraising FCTAM)
Ann received her first Joan Armatrading album on her 14th birthday. It was the start of a deep respect for exquisite guitar talent.
A product of UCT in the 80s, Ann lives in Cape Town and works in corporate and civic organisations, implementing systems and strategy.

volunteers Volunteers
Certificate course students from the Cape Town Academy of Music will make up some of the volunteers. Tanya Markowitsch, Ntsoaki Maleka, Mathew de Wet Weir, Luke Curnick, Ammori Sass and Asandiswa Salie.

We welcome volunteers. Send an email with your details to friendsctam@mweb.co.za