The Sundays River Valley is characterized by high-intensity agricultural activities (in particular the production of citrus fruits) and a very well developed irrigation system.  In addition to citrus cultivation, various tourist attractions, bed and breakfast facilities, packing sheds and game-related tourist facilities are present throughout the Valley.  The area is known as one of the key production areas for citrus in South Africa.

The Sundays River Valley is home to the National Addo Elephant Park – home of the BIG 7, world-renowned Shamwari Game Reserve, Schotia Safaris, Sylvester the Lion, the Spar Kirkwood Wildsfees and the Sundays River Valley Provincial Arts and Culture Festival as annually hosted by Sundays River Primary School.

The annual Arts and Culture Festival is currently the only and biggest educational festival in the Sundays River Valley.   We attract Primary and High Schools from all over the district as far as East London, Grahamstown, Jeffreysbay, Port Elizabeth etc.   The overall popularity, success and extremely high standard of the festival allowed us to present this festival as of 2017 at Provincial level.

The National Instrumental Competition is a brand-new competition added to the festival in order to keep the festival dynamic.

The purpose of this competition is to create a unique and professional platform in the tranquil and picturesque Sundays River Valley for tertiary music students in instrumental music.   Voice and Pipe Organ will be added to the 2018 National Competition.



Three (3) CASH prizes will be awarded in the INSTRUMENTAL (SOLO) category:

1st Place                                                               -              R15 000.00

2nd Place                                                              -              R10 000.00

3rd Place                                                               -              R  5 000.00

  • All participants will receive a diploma.
  • The three (3) winners will receive A3 specially designed diplomas.
  • Above cash prizes will be allotted immediately during the formal finale public concert.
  • Above winners will each receive Gold Medals
  • Winners will each receive specially designed Trophies.
  • Three (3) Skype or Google Hangout lessons for string, piano, woodwinds. The prize winner will be set-up with faculty members from American Voices in America.


The National Competition will be held in 2017 as part of the annual and popular Sundays River Valley Provincial Arts and Culture Festival which is annually hosted since 2012 by Sundays River Primary School.  The National Instrumental Competition will be held in the L.M. Dorfling Hall, situated in Kirkwood at Kirkwood High School - home of the annual national SPAR Kirkwood Wildlife Festival.

The competition will take the form of public concerts from Monday 14th August 2017 until the final evening, Thursday 17th August 2017.  The final evening will be in the form of a formal cheese and wine function. The competition will be every evening from 18:30 – 20:30 with 15-minute intermission at 19:30.



  1. Each candidate MUST prepare a balanced programme that consists of a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of three (3) contrasting works.  NO CONCERTOS.
  2. These works must not exceed the maximum time limit of 15 minutes per candidate.
  3. Candidates should not perform a complete Sonata, but are rather advised to perform one movement from a sonata.
  4. Repeats to be ignored.  Da Capo’s must be performed.  Lecturers to advise candidates to the best performance practice.
  5. Due to time constraints, candidates are not required to give background information to the audience of the works that they perform.  The Master of Ceremonies will briefly introduce each candidate to the audience.   The compositions will appear on the programme of each evening.

A venue on the premises will be available for this purpose.  Candidates are also free to practice at this venue during the course of the day according to the available time table which will be forwarded to all participating candidates.


Successful finalists must perform ONE work each during this formal public concert which will take the form of a formal Cheese and Wine function.  Candidates may not exceed the maximum time limit of 8 minutes.  The time for this GRAND FINALE will be from 18:30 – 20:30 with a short 15 minute intermission from 19:30 – 19:45.   The overall winners will be announced at the end of this concert.  Adjudicators will gather in a special room at the venue for 5 -10 minutes to deliberate before announcing the winners.


Candidates are at liberty to make use of their own accompanists.  The competition office will also have a list of available accompanists in the area who will be able to assist with accompaniments.   Candidates to arrange their own practise times with accompanists before the commencement of the competition.   Remuneration of accompanists must be negotiated between the two parties.


Candidates are advised to dress appropriately.  Although the dress code for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday is semi-formal for the public, candidates are requested to dress for formal public appearance.   The Grand Finale on Thursday evening is a formal event.



Entry forms must be completed in FULL and must be eligible.  Entries can be emailed to and/or faxed to (042) – 2340322.  Entry fees to be transferred electronically to the account provided underneath.

CLOSING DATE FOR ALL ENTRIES:  Wednesday 31st May 2017.

ENTRY FEE:  R300.00 per candidate


Candidates will be relieved to learn that there are a great variety of excellent and very affordable bed & breakfasts, guesthouses as well as self-catering options in the area and many of them in walking distance from the main venue.  A list of these guesthouses can be found from our office.  We only publish the name of our accommodation affiliate for 2017.

 Kronenhof Guesthouse Jurie & Hendrien Engelbrecht 042 230 1448 Kirkwood


All vehicles to be rented at Port Elizabeth Airport, and/or in Port Elizabeth, and/or in Uitenhage.  There is no vehicle rental company in Kirkwood.


We move towards the end of winter in the month of August.  Although the days are sunny, the evenings are still cold.

Should you require additional information, please contact us directly via email:


Entry Form Competition

Main Road
Eastern Cape

Phone: 042 232 0313 


I hereby declare that I have read and fully understand the contents of this competition.   I agree to adhere to all the rules and regulations as set forth in this syllabus.