The SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition is organized and presented by the Tygerberg branch of the South African Society of Music Teachers and was inspired by the SASMT’s Hubert van der Spuy. The first competition took place in 1989. In 2020 the competition will celebrate its 32nd anniversary.

It is the only one at this level in South Africa and has already put a number of young South African musicians on the road to (even international) acclaim and successful careers in music.

The mission of the Samro Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition is to offer talented young music learners the opportunity to learn from one another in a competition environment and to compete on a national level.

The late Leon Hartshorne described the role the competition plays in the community as:

“In addition to offering participants the chance to distinguish themselves within the ambit of their own sections, the structure also facilitates interaction and contact between students, teachers and parents from divergent communities, from all parts of South Africa.”

“Potential candidates from poor/disadvantaged communities who are receiving music tuition in development outreach initiatives, but whose progress is being delayed or jeopardized by socio-economic issues, are assisted to enter, audition and finally compete, on equal terms with all entrants and within their own peer group”


Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, Picton Street, Parow, Western Cape. 14-18 September 2020.

SAMRO HvdS2015- Final

Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium