Sowetan musicians to open Aronowitz International Viola Competition

Three teenagers from a deprived township in South Africa are travelling to Birmingham this week to open the prestigious Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition

Kwanda Buthelezi, Mbali Phato, and Njabulo Nxumalo from Soweto will be the focus of the first event in the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and Festival, at Birmingham City University’s new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire starting at the end of this week.

The three students UK visit  is the result of a collaboration between the Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire also rather pleasingly called ARCO.

ARCO supports 24 strings students in South Africa selected in weekly instrumental Skype lessons, given by academics, current students and alumni of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

The second Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition features 26 young violists aged 21 from 20 countries compete for £5,000 in prize money, plus a recording contract with Champs Hill Records and a slate of recitals as part of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Concert Series.

The final of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition is on Friday 24 November at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Concert Hall.

The Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and Festival runs from Saturday 18 until Friday 24 November at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University. For more information and tickets, visit the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire website.

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