Riebeek College Girls’ High School choir secured a category win at the prestige Cantamus National Choir Festival that took place at the George Civic Centre.
It was hosted by the South Cape Children’s Choir under the auspices of the George Municipality.
Loren Campbell, a choir member in Grade 11, said, “It was apparent that we had some tough competition, but during the unadjudicated performance, we performed the musical rendition of the prayer, Phind’ ukhulume, and received a standing ovation.”
During the actual competition, the soulful sounds of the Riebeek College choir made them stand out amongst the others.
“As we sang, we allowed the spirit of the music to take over, making it one of the best performances we ever had. We felt like winners, whether we earned a trophy or not.”
The prize-giving followed a long and anxious wait after the performances of 17 choirs. This is when it was announced that the Riebeek College Choir had won the Girls’ Choir Category.
“We were elated and could not contain our joy, springing up from our seats cheering.”
Choirs also had the opportunity to attend a workshop on choral singing.
“We learned how to make better use of our our voices to produce a better sound on stage and will use these skills acquired for our next performance. We also received feedback on our performance.”
Ambesa Daniels, a Grade 11 learner and head of choir said, “We are deeply thankful, not only for our God-given talent, but also for amazing teachers who were willing to put in their time and effort to make this tour a success.”
The choir would like to give thanks to Cathy-Jane Mintoor (choir conductor and teacher-in-charge), Marilyn Woods (Riebeek College principal), Mrs Snyman, Mrs Mapoma, Mrs Metcalf and Mr Jonas for their contributions to the trip.