ON Sunday, September 8, the Mandela Chamber Choir will be joined on stage by the University of the Western Cape Creative Arts Choir (UWC CAC) at 13:00. UWC CAC became an independent student choir in 1989. A student-led initiative since its inception, the choir has nurtured the singing talents of hundreds of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and produced several award-winning conductors and composers. The choir has participated in the National Choir Festival, the Western Cape Choral Music Association and South African Tertiary Institutions Choral Eisteddfod since the 1990s. It regularly performs at university events and graduations and participated in public concerts and festivals around the country. As a university student choir, UWC CAC constantly faces a high turnover of participants as students graduate. Despite this and the difficulties of being largely self-funded, the choir has maintained a remarkably high standard of performance, having achieved most notably the National Choir Festival Western Cape eliminations overall winner in the years 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2015. The UWC CAC participated in the 2016 Varsity Sing competition (a televised reality competition for student choirs) and were semi-finalists.In 2018, the UWC CAC reached its greatest achievement in Tshwane at the first World Choir Games hosted in an African country when it was crowned the winner in the Category 9 Mixed Choirs Open Competition and also received a gold certificate as a first-time participant. The Mandela Chamber Choir consists mainly of music students who major in voice, with the choir having started as an initiative to engage conducting students and provide more practical experience.Choir conductor, Akhona Nkumanda, has conducted various choirs throughout Port Elizabeth, including the Eastern Cape Youth Choir and Eastern Cape Junior Children’s Choir. He has also directed a few musical theatre productions including Ipi Tombi andWest Side Story. Tickets will be on sale at the door on the day of the concert or concert patrons can purchase tickets at 041 504 4235.