Help choir to reach high

2015-07-28 13:57
Kensington choral girls’ choir, with Lyrikos choir members, need help to raise funds to send its members on a tour in Switzerland to visit another choir there.

Kensington choral girls’ choir, with Lyrikos choir members, need help to raise funds to send its members on a tour in Switzerland to visit another choir there.

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The members of Kensington choral girls’ choir are warming their voice chords for a tour to Switzerland in October.

The choir, formed eight years ago, want to visit a choir in Switzerland called Konservatorium Winterthur. They were invited after they hosted the Swiss choir two years ago and held several workshops with them.

The girls’ choir will be accompanied by a few of the members of the Lyrikos choir. However, they are struggling to reach those promised high notes as the choir doesn’t have enough money to take all 35 members on the weeklong tour. The trip will cost an individual at least R26 000.

Choir founder Lizl Gaffley says it’s an honour to be invited and they have gathered some of the money, but it tears them apart that they can’t take the whole choir.

“We feel privileged to have such an opportunity. It shows that we are doing something good. These people have achieved a lot and they have put in a lot of hard work so I’m very happy that an opportunity like this presented itself. We are so excited and we are trying to get everything in order. It’s so difficult to raise every little cent that’s needed, especially when you don’t have a sponsor,” she says.

One of the choir members, Waleed Alexander, says they are excited to get such an opportunity.

“It makes us so happy and it’s not something that comes up all the time, so we are grabbing the opportunity with both hands. We want everyone to go, but putting the money together isn’t so easy. Our wish was to take the whole team,” says Alexander.

Gaffley says they are doing well as a choir and they have several awards to their name, but it’s a pity that they are not celebrated in their own country.

“Choral music doesn’t take centre stage like soccer or rugby or other sports. It’s not always easy to get funding because we are not well-known and no-one really takes time to see what we do. It’s so difficult to make ends meet,” she says.

The choir is hosting a fundraiser at Kenmere Primary School on 15 August. V

Those who want to help the Kensington choral girls’ choir with donations can contact Lizl Gaffley on 076 026 2512 or

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