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COMPETITON AND FESTIVAL A RESOUNDING SUCCESS! PLEASE VISIT THE NEWS PAGE OR CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE RESULTS

Welcome to the first Cape Town International Guitar Festival 2011 and the second Avril Kinsey Classical Guitar Competition.

The festival and competition, set in the exquisite wine estate of Groot Constantia, is dedicated to becoming a premier biennial event on Cape Town’s calendar. It is my dream that guitar students, teachers and music lovers come to the event from all over the world, to experience master performers and teachers at work. Since forming the Cape Town Academy of Music in 2000, my vision is to see young and old perform, share and learn from each other, so that their interest in the guitar becomes a deep and valued lifelong passion, and even a career.

The competition with its total value of R75,000 is for 12 and younger (Junior),13 to 19 years (Youth), and 20 and older (Open). It includes prizes for amateur and professional levels. Any person of any age, nationality or level may enter, because I believe learning never stops. Even professionals need to keep perfecting their craft, as I discovered when I completed a research dissertation which brought to light 320 classical guitar compositions by 72 South African composers. This was all the motivation I needed to become an ambassadress for the cause of the classical guitar within and beyond the borders of South Africa.

Through our non-profit association, Friends of the Cape Town Academy of Music (FCTAM 077942), our vision to foster talent and musical excellence through education, performances and festival events has become a reality. FCTAM is also the financial vehicle through which our friends, patrons and sponsors partner with us.

I invite you to join us as we pledge to make the event special and memorable. I thank each and every person for their contribution in making this dream a reality..

Musically yours,
Avril Kinsey

TLDM, PDM, MMus (cum laude)
Festival Founder and Director