Countdown to the finals of the Old Mutual National Choir Festival
Excitement is mounting as the national finals of the 2016 Old Mutual National Choir Festival (NCF) draw closer. After months of preparation, tough regional battles and a rigorous selection process, 22 choirs are now focused and getting ready to raise their beautiful voices in pursuit of glory on 10 and 11 December 2016 at the Ellis Park Indoor Arena.
The Old Mutual National Choir Festival is a national choral music festival widely recognised as a leading light in the choral music fraternity. During the course of the year, more than 150 choirs from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland took part in this competition, which started with the district elimination in March, followed by the regional championships which took place between August and October.
Bandile Mngoma, Old Mutual Sponsorship Manager, says: “The Old Mutual National Choir Festival prides itself on its rich heritage of cultivating talent and enabling positive futures, and this year will be no different. Over the past 39 years we have enjoyed exceptional talent – and each and every choir has poured out its heart and soul on stage, moving and thrilling generations of audiences.”
The order of performance at the national finals was decided by a draw held on 28 October. Choirs will be performing as follows:
The Standard Category includes:
|WESTERN PIECE (Saturday, 10 December)||AFRICAN CHOICE (Sunday, 11 December)|
|Prince Mshiyeni Choir (KwaZulu-Natal)||UL Choristers (Limpopo)|
|Diamond City Chorus (Northern Cape)||CUT Choir (Free State)|
|Simon Estes Alumni (Western Cape)||Belcanto Singers (Eastern Cape)|
|Royal Swazi Spa Choir (Swaziland)||Royal Swazi Spa Choir (Swaziland),|
|African Sweet Melodies (Gauteng)||Prince Mshiyeni Choir (KwaZulu-Natal)|
|Chitungwiza Harmony Singers (Zimbabwe)||Chitungwiza Harmony Singers (Zimbabwe)|
|Gaborone Youth Singers (North West)||Gaborone Youth Singers (North West)|
|Belcanto Singers (Eastern Cape)||African Sweet Melodies (Gauteng)|
|Joyful Harmonies (Western Cape )||Diamond City Chorus (Northern Cape)|
|CUT Choir (Free State)||Simon Estes Alumni (Western Cape)|
|UL Choristers (Limpopo)||Joyful Harmonies (Western Cape )|
The Large Category includes:
|WESTREN PIECE (Saturday, 10 December)||AFRICAN PIECE (Sunday, 11 December)|
|African Chorus (KwaZulu-Natal)||Kopano Chorus (Gauteng)|
|Sound of the Nation (Gauteng)||African Chorus (KwaZulu-Natal)|
|NWU Serenaders (North West)||Voices of the Nation (Gauteng)|
|Eastern Cape Police Choir (Eastern Cape)||SA Singers (KwaZulu-Natal)|
|North West University Choir (North West)||UWC Creative Arts Choir (Western Cape)|
|Kopano Chorus (Gauteng)||Sound of the Nation (Gauteng)|
|His Majesty Correctional Services Choir (Swaziland)||Western Chorale (Western Cape)|
|Western Chorale (Western Cape)||His Majesty Correctional Services Choir (Swaziland)|
|SA Singers (KwaZulu-Natal)||Eastern Cape Police Choir (Eastern Cape)|
|Voices of the Nation (Gauteng)||NWU Serenaders (North West)|
|UWC Creative Arts Choir (Western Cape)||North West University Choir (North West)|
The winning choirs in the Large Category will take home R100 000, R90 000 and R80 000 for first, second and third place respectively, while the winning choirs in the Standard Category will walk away with R74 000, R64 000 and R54 000 for first, second and third place respectively. Each of the competing choirs has already pocketed on average R11 000 from the elimination stages.
Mngoma concludes: “2016 has been a great year and our festival has grown tremendously since its inception in 1977. It is currently the biggest choral music competition in Southern Africa. What is wonderful to see is that its influence extends way beyond music; its positive energy ripples into the lives of individuals, families, and their communities.”
The defending champions in the Large Category are the SA Singers from KZN. In the Standard Category the Simon Estes Alumni from the Western Cape will be gearing to keep their title for the second year in a row.
Be a part of the action this year by rooting for your favourite – among 1 000 voices from across South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. Book your ticket at Computicket.