Choral Fest to start on a high note

The Choral Celebration Festival is celebrating choral music, embracing diversity and creating new choral networks. PHOTO: NOLTE PHOTOGRAPHY

The 8th instalment of the evergreen Choral Celebration Festival will be held with great fanfare in the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein on Saturday 18 May 2019.

The festival, which has become very popular over the years, brings choirs across the spectrum of age, genre, gender and culture together on an annual basis to celebrate choral music.

According to Alta Maré, director and founder of the Choral Celebration Network Foundation, the event forms part of a series of 16 national events hosted with the sole purpose of celebrating choral music, embracing diversity and creating new choral networks.

“We have come a long way since standing unmoveable in rows, emotionlessly singing songs. The modern day choir enjoys singing and the incredible array of music available together with the choir members’ joy and passion engages the audience in the story and wonder of the music.

“Our unique African sound captivate audiences locally and around the globe and it is no surprise that South African choirs are listed as the top ranked choirs in the world,” said Maré.

The celebration festival, which starts at 18:30 sharp, will showcase the following choirs from Bloemfontein and surrounds: A Free State Mass Choir (Tona Mokhothu), Grey College Secondary Choir (Hattingh Davel), Eunice Vitae Cantamus Choir (Retha Visser), Cantando@Bloem (Werner Stander), Bloemfontein Children’s Choir (Dr Huibrie Verster), Thabong School Choir (Morapedi Reginald Garekwe), C&N Primary School Oranje – Senior Choir (Werner Stander), and the University of Free State Choir (Dr Leona Geldenhuys).
Maré says choral singing is in the fabric of all South Africans, but strangely, South Africans are totally unaware of what a unique and diverse choral landscape we have. – Pieter Delport