Choirs vie for top music honours at festival

Monwabisi Mbabani, conductor of Simon Estes Alumni Choir - last years winners of the standard category at this weekends’ Old Mutual National Choir Festival at Ellis Park.
Monwabisi Mbabani, conductor of Simon Estes Alumni Choir - last years winners of the standard category at this weekends’ Old Mutual National Choir Festival at Ellis Park.

Music lovers across the Peninsula have the opportunity to experience first-hand the world-class performances that define the Old Mutual National Choir Festival when the 40th anniversary of this legendary choral music competition takes place on Sunday 20 August at the Artscape Main Opera House.

Tickets are now on sale for the fiercely contested landmark 40th anniversary of the Old Mutual National Choir Festival, which is set to wow audiences like never before.

The annual music extravaganza is renowned for its powerful embodiment of sheer passion, hard work, perseverance, sacrifice and unity by organisers, participants, audiences and communities across Southern Africa.

“Ubuntu: there is no better word to describe what the Old Mutual National Choir Festival means to everybody involved,” says Old Mutual Sponsorship Manager, Bandile Mngoma. “As the main sponsor, Old Mutual is proud to play a role in bringing people together to celebrate the glorious tradition of choral singing. We believe that by supporting this event and helping to cultivate talent, we are building strong communities and enabling positive futures for many.”

Apart from showcasing Southern Africa’s extraordinary talent and passion, the annual choral showdown is renowned for the great spirit of collaboration between its hard working organisers, participants, audience and communities across Southern Africa.

This year’s competition will see choirs performing songs from the following prescribed music:standard category ( Western:

“Cheinterminabileandirivieni” Don Pasquale by Donizetti, “Squilla ilbronzo del Dio! Guerra, Guerra!” Norma by Bellini, .Norma viene...ah bello a me ritorna”Norma by Bellini.

In the African section they will belt out the following:.Inqola Emasondosondo by Q Sibisi,.Ingqanga by S Njeza.

In the large category in Western you will hear: Qual cor tradisti” Norma by Bellini, .Mimanca la voce”Mosè by Rossini and Esultiamo...siridesti...O sommo Carlo Ernani by Verdi.

In the African pot they have .Yash’ Ingomaby Q Sibisi and Khab’ Ingoma by SBP Mnomiya

“This year’s grand finale is going to be a momentous occasion, when we celebrate 40 years of creative genius through music. I urge families and communities to support their choirs as they poise themselves for musical greatness!” concluded Mngoma.

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