Yende (Honorary Patron)
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.
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.
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
She is the first person in South Africa to commission a classical guitar
composition from a Black South African composer.
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.
Felmore (Vice Chairperson FCTAM)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org