In just one month of existence, the Township Opera Company (TOC) has won the hearts of many in Mowbray.The choir was launched last month and has since held one concert. However, they have no doubt about their capabilities. This is because among the 24 members, are some experienced choristers who have made a name for themselves and have performed at national and international level. These members are professionals who juggle their schedules to meet three times a week at Mowbray Church Hall to practise. They come from various townships.Mowbray resident Marlene Gildenhuys, who works near the church hall, says: “I sit in the office, and I hear their singing. I am so blessed. It is a moving experience. They have magnificent One of the founding members, Sandile Kamle, says they are pleased with the response they have been receiving from the public .Their aim is to take opera to the youngest child in the township streets and corners, and build new productions with no limitations. “TOC takes a totally new angle other than your traditional way of staging an opera. [It taps] into every music genre and era. The name Township is going back to where we came from, which is ekasi, because opera has always been linked to cities and formality.”They will be hosting a three-day Mandela Music and Spoken Word event from Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 November at the Artscape Theatre.V For more information, contact Lungile Jacobs on 081 706 6819 or Sandile Kamle on 082 580 1657..