Clermont choir crowned

2009-12-18 00:00

CLERMONT Community Choir from KwaZulu-Natal was crowned the 2009 National Champion in the standard category of the 32nd Old Mutual National Choir Festival ­Finals this past weekend.

The choir won prize money of R27 000 and a trophy for powerful renditions of Come Gentle Spring from The Seasons by F. J. Haydn in the Western category, and Ruri by M. M. Moerane in the African category. The choir has only represented the province on one other occasion in 2007 when it was placed second overall.

Second place in this category went to Eastern Cape Choristers from East London, with VUT Choir (Vaal University of Technology) from Gauteng placing third.

In the large category, Gauteng Choristers from Gauteng was the overall winner and received R30 000 and the winner’s trophy. SA Singers from Durban was second in the large category and won R25 000, while Joy of Africa from the Eastern Cape, pocketed R20 000 for third place.

More than 5 000 choral music lovers turned out to listen to the country’s top choirs battle it out at the University of Pretoria in Tshwane last weekend.

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