Prestige Concert delights audience

2015-09-09 06:00
Eastern Cape Junior Children’s Choir in Prestige Concert led by in the front row from left, Desmare de Lange, Inge Eve Meyi, Janke Voges and Grace van Wyk.         Photo:

Eastern Cape Junior Children’s Choir in Prestige Concert led by in the front row from left, Desmare de Lange, Inge Eve Meyi, Janke Voges and Grace van Wyk. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE Eastern Cape Junior Children’s Choir Prestige Concert offered in collaboration with the EC Children’s Choir and the EC Youth Choir at the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) in Summerstrand on Friday was a resounding success, said accompanist Lilian Zeelie.

“This is an annual event held between the three regional choirs at this church because of its acoustics,” said Choir Director Hanlie Young.

Fans too were impressed. “I enjoyed myself, the music was absolutely fantastic,” said Marie Botha (70) of Colleen Glen whose grandchild sings in the ECJCC.

“ This was outstanding. They were so on the pitch,” said Elmaryn Ferreira (65) of Beachview. And, her husband Danie Ferreira (66) concurred, “It was too beautiful. Those children were amazing!”

The EC Junior Children’s Choir hosted this year’s event. The choir is made up of 6-11 year-olds who sing just like their 12-15 year-old brothers in the EC Children’s Choir and sisters as well as the 16 year-olds and upwards who belong to the EC Youth Choir.

Established in 1977, the EC Youth Choir is under the direction of educator Petrus Meyer.

Children were auditioned to belong to these choirs and choristers were expected to make at least 80 per cent of attendance of rehearsals, said Zeelie.

“We want to see commitment from our choristers,” said Zeelie who assists Young in the grooming of the musical repertoire of the young choristers on a weekly basis of practice.

The EC Children’s Choir under the capable hands of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NNMU) Lionel van Zyl assisted by accompanist and répétitrice Westering High School Music teacher Amanda Engelbrecht. The choir will be touring Germany and the Czech Republic in October.

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