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Celebrating 40 years of greatness in choral music

Music lovers across Southern Africa 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 kicks off on 5 August 2017.

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 choral showdown inspires a great spirit of collaboration between everyone involved.

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

Standard category:
1. “Cheinterminabileandirivieni” Don Pasquale by Donizetti
2. “Squilla ilbronzo del Dio! Guerra, Guerra!” Norma by Bellini
3. Norma viene…ah bello a me ritorna”Norma by Bellini
1. Inqola Emasondosondo by Q Sibisi
2. Ingqanga by S Njeza
Large category:
1. Qual cor tradisti” Norma by Bellini
2. Mimanca la voce”Mosè by Rossini
3. Esultiamo…siridesti…O sommo Carlo Ernani by Verdi
1. Yash’ Ingoma by Q Sibisi
2. Khab’ Ingoma by SBP Mnomiya

Click here to view the schedule of events.

“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!” concludes Mngoma.

Tickets are available at R60 per person at the following outlets:

  • Tickets for the Free State Regional Finals are only available at the PACOFS booking office in Bloemfontein.
  • For all other regional finals, tickets are available at Computicket outlets nationwide or online at