The Bloemfontein Children’s Choir will be travelling overseas soon where they will be representing South Africa at the Sterling Bridge International Youth Festival which is to take place in Scotland from 6 to 11 July. Excitement is mounting as the date approaches and choir members are putting in as much practice as they can for the big event.
“The choir has been invited to the festival where music from all over the world is being celebrated in Scotland,” said chairman of the choir, Jacques van den Berg. He explained that many choirs and dancing groups perform all over the world, but the Bloemfontein Children’s Choir is known for the combination of dance, choreographed by the world renowned Willie Venter, and music, something different which is appreciated by audiences.
Van den Berg added that seeing the choir perform, remains a wonderful experience time and again.
Dr Huibrie Verster, choir leader and conductor told Bloemfontein Courant that this is the third invitation the choir received from the Festival committee, but it will be the first time they have accepted. She receives various emails from people overseas who want to know when the choir will be returning to their city, but due to financial costs it is not possible to always say yes. “Times are changing, it is a different environment to work in as the whole country is also changing, but we have been an open choir from our inception and our motto is simple: love!”
Bloemfontein Courant spoke to a few choir members about how they feel about the choir and what it means to them to be a part of it. Deputy head boy, SP Cilliers, told the paper how he felt part of the choir from the start. “The choir welcomed me with open arms when I started, and I have learnt so much. One thing I would like to convey to other choir members is not to be afraid of flying.”
Popi Senokoane, deputy head girl, told Bloemfontein Courant how many life lessons she has learnt since singing in the choir and that it remains a life-changing experience to her. “I’m so excited about going overseas, and that together with my best friends!”
Deputy head boy, Miltiadis Marangellis, told Bloemfontein Courant he has been part of the choir for five years and to him the trip overseas means everything as it is not usual for anybody to have the chance of travelling overseas. “It is a huge privilege.” he said.
Karabo Phutsisi, who has been headboy of the choir for the past two years, said the choir’s talent makes it possible for them to see the world and it is a very big honour to all of the members.
Head girl, Lerato Mohlamme, has been singing in the choir for five years and still enjoys every moment. She entertained Courant by telling the story of how she auditioned for the first time and was not chosen for the choir, but now she has the honour of being head girl of the Bloemfontein Children’s Choir. – Sazly Hartzenberg