Choir to send out message of hope

2015-04-30 15:17
=Young choir conductor Rufus Rufus-Jayson MacLean with members of the Mary Mount choir during their performance at Rosa Munch Old Age Home. 

=Young choir conductor Rufus Rufus-Jayson MacLean with members of the Mary Mount choir during their performance at Rosa Munch Old Age Home. Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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“It is not all about singing. As a choir we make an impact on our audiences through what and how we perform. We sing to send out a message of hope.”

These are the words of Siphosihle Bosman, deputy chairperson of the Mary Mount Catholic High School choir, which since the beginning of the year has been under the baton of young choir conductor Rufus-Jayson MacLean.

Currently a student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Maclean was requested by Mary Mount’s Head of Department Susan Boyce to assist with the school choir.

“Choirs are near to my heart. I did my training under the well-known Juanita van Dyk from NMMU and now would like to plough back what she has instilled in me,” said McLean.

More than a hundred learners turned up for the auditions as the school does not have a lot of extramural activities. MacLean started the Mary Mount with 28 talented young singers.

“It is difficult to get the learners involved in the more disciplined Western feel of a choir. I am left with a smaller group, but they are immensely dedicated and talented.”

Although just four months have elapsed since the inception of the choir, they already have a full schedule and recently performed at Rosa Munch Old Age Home as part of the choir’s Easter outreach programme.

According to Aphiwe Citwa, chairperson of the choir, the performance at Rosa Munch was “a great idea as we do care a lot about our senior citizens.”

Maclean said, “Singing is a talent that God blessed us with. We need to share it and make a difference right here in town. We want to give senior citizens hope and show them that there are people out there caring for them,” said MacLean.

The Mary Mount choir’s next performance will be at Despatch high school on April 22nd and thereafter at the annual Voce Volente Festival which will be held at Westering High School early in May

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