Choristers stage farewell in Gugs

2015-11-19 06:00
Simon Estes Alumni Choir will be performing at Gugulethu Sports Complex on Sunday 29 November.

Simon Estes Alumni Choir will be performing at Gugulethu Sports Complex on Sunday 29 November.

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Two local choirs will be getting a singing send off before heading to the National Choir Festival next month.

After winning their regional championships of the competition, Joyful Harmonies and the Simon Estes Alumni Choir will be performing at Gugulethu Sports Complex on Sunday 29 November.

This will be done with the support of the Western Cape Choral Music Association (WeCCMA) and the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, to raise funds to compete at the national level.

Funds raised through the Farewell Concert will help send the choir to Bloemfontein where they’ll be representing the Western Province on 12 and 13 December.

The seasoned choristers will be performing alongside the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, adding even more prestige to the annual event, which showcases the best in local choral music.

No strangers to the National Choir Festival, Gugulethu’s own Joyful Harmonies were crowned the winners of the standard section at last year’s competition.

The choir, who were established in 2010, were together for only two years when they took their first provincial title in 2012.

Simon Estes Alumni Choir are made up of choristers from Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Mfuleni, Phillipi and Delft and have been named provincial champions four times (2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015).

They are also the reigning champions of the premier section of the WeCCMA Choral Eisteddfod.

The afternoon performance will also see soloists from local choirs participate in the very first WeCCMA Professional Soloist Competition.

Thozama Dyasi, Ntombesizwe Hallam, Thandiswa Mpongwana, Thando Mjandana, Thamsanqa Mtshamba, Lungile Hallam, Samukelo Mhlongo and Luvuyo Mbundu have made it through to this final where they will be competing for cash prizes with their renditions of Mozart’s “Lauda Muste (Mass in C minor k 427)”, Purcell’s “When I am laid in earth (Dido and Aeneas)”, Rossini’s “Cujus Animam” and Handel’s “Why do the Nations”.

Joyful Harmonies and the Simon Estes Alumni Choir will be singing Rossini’s “Amen”, “Plea for Africa” and folklore songs along with music prescribed by the National Choir Festival.

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