Primary choir wins

2017-10-31 06:00
Kenmere Primary School’s choir was crowned as the champions of the Sing in Harmonie competition held in Pretoria. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Kenmere Primary School’s choir was crowned as the champions of the Sing in Harmonie competition held in Pretoria. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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Lizl Gaffley, a choir conductor from Kensington, has yet again scooped another national award as she won the “Wenners Teen” Sing in Harmonie competition held in Pretoria on Saturday 21 October.

Kenmere Primary School’s choir was crowned the champion of the competition, beating competitors from all nine provinces. They brought home a trophy, piano and an album ­recording.

The choir performed two songs during a live show broadcasted on Kyknet Nou channel 146 on DStv, which also gave them exposure to the African continent.

Gaffley says the team of 50 learners, aged nine to 13, had worked hard to prepare for the competition and it was a difficult journey for them as it was difficult to make the minors see the bigger picture of sacrificing their personal interests.

“It took a lot of sacrifices as these children are still young and most of them have a sweet tooth. Singing requires that they limit their eating habit and deprives them of their freedom to play.

“That was difficult for them, but now they understand and are very proud. Preparing for a live broadcast competition is a great challenge, hence this win is priceless to me. You only get one chance and you cannot undo your mistake.”

She says to qualify for the competition the school won a regional primary school competition in 2015.

This national competition was completely different from what they were used to and she had a completely new choir because the learners that were part of the winning choir in 2015 are in high school already.

During the preparation for the competition the young choristers spent hours practising after school and during school breaks.

Jack Moshambi (12), a choir member, says he loves music and performing at a live competition was a dream come true for him. He says he did not mind spending time practising.

“We would not play during the school break and after school. All we did was to meet here in the hall and prepare.

“I am glad our hard work has paid off. It is a sign that despite our backgrounds we can still achieve more in life. That competition was big for us but we made it.”

Jayda Thomas (12) says she has been part of the choir since Grade 4.

She is proud of their achievement and it is an inspiration for her to consider studying music after school.

“When I heard that we have won I felt really proud, it was by the grace of God. It took us a lot of effort and time.”

Earlier this month another choir Gaffley conducts, the Kensington Chorale Girls’ Choir, won the national ATKV Animato competition held in ­Johannesburg.

Gaffley says winning two national competitions is an honour for her.

She thanks everyone who has made it possible for her to fulfil her passion, especially the parents who allowed their children to practise and be dedicated members of the choir.

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