Choir aims to bring hope to northern areas

2016-02-03 06:00
Claude Marks.    Photo: SUPPLIED

Claude Marks. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A NEW choir that is aimed at bringing hope to the gang-infested northern areas is about to be born; a tabernacle choir of between 120 and 240 members.

“The process of developing the concept for the Northern Areas Tabernacle Choir Project, as I recall, started way back in 2013 and has been highly rigorous and consultative ever since this gang-related violence has transpired within the northern areas.

“In July 2015 the Northern Area Tabernacle Choir (NATChoir) was established with the hope of eradicating all this negative publicity; the fear and death that accompany the drug and gang outbreaks,’’ said choir director Claude Marks.

“With this project I want people to know that even though we reside within these crime and poverty infested communities, there is still hope.

“The NATChoir will be this ray of hope. Apart from the music it will operate as a social system that will speak to crime and poverty. NATChoir in partnership with different role players will ensure that all the young people, women and children, can access the opportunities that will enable them to grow, develop and prosper as fully engaged, responsive and productive citizens.’’

The choir will be unique because it will consist of talented members between 16 and 35 years old, from around 19 neighbourhoods of the northern areas.

They will not be graduates of music schools, but are alumni of the school of life in the troubled PE northern areas, said Marks.

Marks wants people to know that there is always hope, even amid crime and poverty.

The choir management and other stakeholders would also ensure that members have access to opportunities so that they can grow and thus can develop into productive citizens who respond positively to challenges and opportunities.

For more information, call Marks at 076 980 8436 or send an e-mail to

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