For the Free State, and especially Bloemfontein, 2020 will definitely go down in history as the year in which the final curtain fell on one of its most successful choirs, the Bloemfontein Children’s Choir.
Sadly, the choir, founded and conducted by the talented Dr Huibrie Verster in 1987 and touring the world, bringing home fantastic awards, has also fallen victim to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Verster, this decision was not taken lightly and comes with a ton of emotions. She explained that she will always carry the memories, highs and lows very close to her heart and will definitely miss each child that she got to work with over the years. The choir became part of her daily life, a place where she learned new things and made friendships that she will cherish.
Verster said the sacrifices made by parents and learners did not go unnoticed and she will always be extremely grateful. For her, the help and availability of choreographer Willie Venter, came as one of the choir’s biggest blessings and she will miss his professionalism and talent. Even though she will no longer have the Bloemfontein Children’s Choir, she added that the music scene has still not seen the last of her.
Choreographer Willie Venter, who has been involved with the choir for the past 15 years, explained that it is really sad to know that there will be no more children’s choir, as this was a home away from home for all the learners.
It was a place where the children became family. He explained that for him it was always about building the children, making them believe in themselves and in their dreams. He will miss their smiles the most.
“Huibrie and I were a team right up until the end. She is an absolute legend in her field. We worked well together and will always have respect for each other.”
Roelien Wydeman, who has worked with Verster for 25 years, told Bloemfontein Courant that she had the privilege of all four her daughters being part of the choir and what Verster instilled in them is priceless.
“As a chaperone, myself and my children saw places with the Bloemfontein Children’s Choir that we would have never been able to see on our own. We have also gained lifelong friends.”
Wydeman said there is a time to come and a time to go and even though they knew that this moment would come at some or other time, it is still very emotional.