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Large Category Choir Profile


The 39th National Choir Festival produced a wonderful array of Award winning choirs. Listed below are the profiles of the choirs in Standard Category (Large Category) who will be performing in the Finals on 10 & 11 December 2016 at the Ellis Park Arena. Tickets available at Computicket.

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    UWC Creative Arts Choir

    Western Cape

    Conductor:   Mr S Njeza

    UWC Creative Arts Choir is an initiative of students at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) which is supported by Student Development and Support. Its vision is to be the:

    • main vehicle of mobilizing the UWC community towards social cohesion, moral regeneration and community engagement via music.

    UWC Creative Arts Choir seeks to:

    • Solidify the extra-curricular life of UWC students and developing their holistic student experience through choral, opera, classical & African traditional choral music.
    • Be the catalyst of community engagement and youth development in adjacent areas to the university and the nation at large.
    • develop UWC students so that they can be agents of change in communities from which they come from.
    • position music in the centre of academic excellence of students by focusing largely on the psychological and mental development of students.

    Achievements

    Since its reformation in 2007 UWC Creative Arts Choir has participated and won prizes in the following competitions/festivals:

    • National Choir Festival Western Cape eliminations overall winner 2008, 2009
    • SATICA overall winner 2009, 2012, 2014
    • Western Cape Choral Music Association (WeCCMA) competition overall winner 2012, 2013, 2014
    • Old Mutual National Choir Festival large category overall winner 2013 in Western Cape province and National level.
    • 2016 Varsity Sing Semi Finalist
    • The choir is in the line up for the much anticipated 2017 NCF Champ of Champs category.

    Prescibed Music

    Voici des roses

    Kwabanjalo

    Choice:

    Azi Ndothini na? by Mlungisi Mangali

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    Eastern Cape Police Choir

    Eastern Cape

    Conductor: Mr. Kholekile Nonkewuse

    Established in March 2015 under the baton of Mr. Kholekile Nonkewuse. It consists of 90 percent South African Police Personnel (SAPS) and 10 percent of community members. Its mandate is on social crime prevention through music and project harmony. Choir has participated in various competitions such as POLICE MUSIC and CULTURAL ASSOCIATION (POLMUSCA), MELTING POT, OLD MUTUAL NATIONAL CHOIR FESTIVAL and has done a number of outreach programs and crime awareness campaigns.
    Achievements:
    2015 Melting Pot Eastern Cape Champs
    2015 Ekurhuleni Melting Pot Arts Festival (Guest choir)
    2016 NCF Eastern Cape Regional Champs
    2016 POLMUSCA National Champs
    2016 Melting Pot Eastern Cape Champs

    Prescribed Music:
    Inflammatus / In sempiterna saecula – Rossini
    Kwabanjalo – Motuba
    Choice:
    Bawo wethu-Ndakudumisa Thixo – S. Njeza

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    African Chorus Choir

    KwaZulu Natal

    Conductor: Dr Mongi Brian Mzobe

    The African Chorus Choir is one of the most eminent choirs in the country. It was formed in 2002 under the baton of Dr. Mongi Brian Mzobe. The choir is made up of 80 singers well balanced among all vocal ranges, and it mainly performs works from the choral-symphonic repertoire. and part of the choir’s activity is devoted to performing modern and contemporary music and its mandate is to make a diversity of choral music, performed to the highest standard, accessible to a growing audience.

    The choir regularly rehearses and performs in various occasions. The choir has won the National Choir Festival in the large category for two (2) years consecutively (2003 and 2004). They are reigning title holders of the “Champion of Champions 2007” and this marks history as the first to maintain their title to the next Champ of Champs without falling apart.

    Performance Highlights
    The choir has performed with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra on the following performances i.e.
    (i) S.A. tour by Renne’ Fleming
    (ii) Night of the proms (2007) under the baton of Richard Cock
    (iii) UShaka kaSenzangakhona
    (iv) Starlight Pop Opera
    (v) Christmas Carols (2010) December
    (vi) Creation Choruses
    (vii) Launch of King Shaka Airport
    (viii) 40th Anniversary of Reign of the Zulu Mornach
    (ix) Winter Season 2014 with Krysty Swann under the baton of Daniel Boico
    (x) 2014 Heritage Concert

    The choir’s singers are highly committed and share a common ideal of making music to the highest standards. Many take vocal lessons at the Music School and privately, which contributes both to their personal artistic development and the overall quality of the choir.
    The choir has recently been invited in North West, by the Department of Public Servant to participate in the highly distinguished festival known as the Departmental Public Servant’s Choral Music Festival. The choir was previously invited in different occasions to perform at the African Union Summit and also invited by NCF to be the guest choir in 2008 after winning Champion of Champions in 2007. The choir was also invited to perform at the Macufe Festival in 2009. They won various Provincial Eisteddfods, including Imvunge Music Festival and Arts and Culture Choral Music Eisteddfod consecutively (2011 and 2012). They also perform at community functions like weddings, funerals, graduations and conferences like National Teacher Awards. This choir is based in Umlazi South of Durban and draw many members in Durban and surroundings.

    Prescribed Music:
    Western: Rex Tremendae and Sanctus from Requiem
    African: Kwabanjalo
    Choice: Isangoma

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    North West University Choir

    North West

    Conductor: Sidwell Mile

    The North West university choir was established in the early 1980’s. It was initially formed for students and the staff members of the university. The mission statement of the choir is ‘strive for music excellence in all its events’. Initially it was formed to perform in all university events.

    In the late 1980’s it started to compete in various competitions such as Old Mutual National Choir Festival, Sedibeng choral Competitions, SATICA, SACMA, etc. The choir has been blessed to work under several conductors since its inception Mr Mphakela, Mr T.A Pule, Mr B Kunene, Mr S Masetlhe, Mr Keoagile Derrick Pule and currently under the leadership Mr S.N Thibile of who has been conducting from 2014 till to date, since the choir was established it was able to achieve various thing such as winning the NCF provincial regionals competition.

    In the year 2005, 2006 and 2007 in the standard category , because of all this achievements the choir was able to partake in the large category of the NCF in the Northwest province from the year 2008 till 2009. Hence this is a university choir and there is fluctuation of students (choristers), then choir was unable to handle the pressure in the large category and was forced to move back to the standard category from the year 2010 till to date then the choir was able to win the provincial regional competition of the NCF in the year 2013 and 2014 it went to represents the North West province in the Old mutual national choir festival finals for standard category. Then it was promoted to large category on 2015, it is going to represent North West Province again in the Old mutual national choir festival finals (2016)

    Aim and Objectives:
     To promote singing and the love of choral music within and outside the university.
     To take part in music competition and other choral festivals within and outside South Africa.
     To establish partnership with musical organizations within and outside South Africa.
     To perform per invitation, at all university events/activities as shall be organized from time to time.
    Vision
     In music we are one big family. We shall rejoice and have everlasting peace of mind that is with one voice we shall prosper and render service to the community.
    Prescribed Music
    Voici Des roses
    Kwabanjalo
    Choice:
    Mveni Yena by B Lamani

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    NWU Serenaders Choir

    North West

    Conductor: Mr Itumeleng Pooe

    The establishment of this choir was as a result of the ban of political formations at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) in 1994, as South Africa ushered in a democratic dispensation. It was a disguise for SASCO, however the passion for music dominated the political conscience. This is the only black formation that has survived over the years, with a multitude of achievements to be proud of.

    The choir consists of current students at the University, community youths, alumni and high school going students with the aim to develop, mentor and guide them, should they wish to follow the music career path. The choir’s core competencies, over and above serenading the nation, has been developing future conductors and world travelled soloists.

    Performance Highlights
    The choir has achieved and performed in the following events:
    •2009 – North-West Provincial eliminations champions (Standard category), part of the Cuesta concert involving various universities,
    •2010 – Provincial champions and won the vernacular category at the nationals (Standard category),
    •2011 – Provincial champions and overall national choir festival champions (Standard category), Sedibeng competition runner-ups,
    •2012 – came 3rd overall at the national choir festival (Standard category),

    •2013 – provincial champions and overall 3rd position at the national finals (Large category),
    •2014 – Runner up at provincial level
    •2015 – Provincial champions, guest choir at the JB Marks memorial, performed at the farewell concert for Dr Eloff, Celebrated the choirs 21 year celebration.

    Prescribed Music:
    “Voici des roses” from La damnation de Faust
    Kwabanjalo
    Choice:
    Della by MM Moerane

    ali

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    Voices of the Nation Choir

    Gauteng

    Conductor: Xolani Fraser Gqasana

    Profile: Voices of the Nation, (VON) was established as a registered NPO since 2009. Primarily, its niche area is the cultural industries with a focus on choral music, opera and African indigenous music. Based in the Tshwane Metropolitan area, the choir boasts a membership of about 80 singers. This diverse body of singers is drawn both from the local community and across the entire republic and neighboring countries.
    Notable highlights include representing the Gauteng province in the national finals since 2010. During these years, the choir has been consistently placed in the top 3 positions of the competition including obtaining a national championship in 2014. Outside of the Old Mutual National Choir Festival, VON has also participated in the Ekurhuleni Melting Pot competition, in which it took top honours in the vernacular theme song celebrating the legacy of OR Tambo. In 2011 VON released its inaugural CD and DVD and premiered Qinisela Sibisi’s Ihubo 47. In 2014, the choir released a CD of hymns titled O Halelehile.
    Apart from competitions and concerts, VON has appeared in numerous TV programs on DSTV and SABC 1 channels. Moreover, the choir has had sustained presence in various community performances. VON continues to seek to raise its standards, excel in performance and become a beacon of choral excellence locally and abroad.
    Prescribed Music:
    Inflammatus
    Kwabanjalo
    Choice:
    Ngcwele Ngcweele Ngcwele by SBP Mnomiya

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    Kopano Chorus Choir

    Gauteng

    Conductor : Monty Manamela

    Kopano Chorus is a community choir based in the CBD of Tshwane, started in 2005 by few individuals who recognised a need for a choral group in Tshwane and the Choir is under the baton of the Conductor Mr. Monty Manamela. The Chorus comprises of residents of Tshwane and surrounding townships different socioeconomic backgrounds. The majority of the members are undergraduate students from various provinces registered at tertiary institutions around Gauteng.

    Summary of Achievements
     Aida opera production included 11 performances staged at State Theatre (Pretoria) and the Johannesburg Market Theatre.
    Princess Magogo – a South African opera composed by Prof. Mzilikazi Khumalo. Members of Kopano Chorus took part in the production with one of the members playing a principal role in the opera. La Traviata – An Italian opera composed by Guiseppe Verdi. The cast of the opera included international artists from USA. Members of Kopano Chorus took part in the production and had opportunity to display the talent that South Africa has to the international artists. One of the members of Kopano Chorus played a principal role in the opera. FIFA event – The choir was invited to participate in an event celebrating the 1000 days countdown to the 2010 FIFA world cup that took place in SA. Carmen – A French opera composed by Bizet. The opera also included a cast of international artists. Kopano Chorus members took part in the production and exposed SA to the international stars. Mandela Opera The choir was invited to be part of the chorus for the production.

     Melting Pot – 2014 Champions

     NCF Gauteng Regionals Championship 2015

     NCF National overall position 2 Large Section

    Prescribed Music
    Rex Tremendae/ Sanctus by Hector Berlioz
    Bulang Dikgoro
    Choice Piece :
    Samson Le Delila by F M Raseleso

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    SA Singers Choir

    KwaZulu Natal

    Conductor: Mr Vumile Nomanyama

    South African Singers registered as *SA SINGERS reg. no. 2013/195356/08*.
    This choir came into existence in 1999 under the baton of maestro Mr. VR Khanyile which is now conducted by Mr V. Nomanyama (2013). The choir is based in KZN, Durban Central in particular. Initially, the choir started with 45 voices and has now grown gargantuan to 120 voices situated nationwide. SA Singers has become the pride of Umzansi through it numerous achievements. Under the motto that says “Challenge is our strength” SA Singers has convincingly won provincial and national choral/opera competitions including Imvunge, KZN premier competitions, SACMA Post Office Eisteddfod, Arts and Culture, Old Mutual National Choir Festival as well as Melting Pot choral festival.
    Highlights of SA Singers achievements are as follows;
    2001 – Won the Old Mutual National Choir Festival
    2002- Performed in the inauguration of the A.U
    2007- Crowned Old Mutual National Choir Festival Champions
    2008 – Released its first album “Singing praises”
    2010 -Crowned Old Mutual National Choir Festival champions in Bloemfontein
    2011- The choir was privileged to perform before his majesty, the King of Lesotho and his high profile dignitaries in Maseru where Mr Vusi Khanyile was awarded JP Mohapeloa Award as the best conductor.
    2011 – Performed Carmina Burana full opera with KZN Philharmonic Orchestra with SA’s pride Sbongile Khumalo and international mezzo Michelle Breedt.
    2011 – SA Singer successfully defended Old Mutual National Choir Festival title in JHB standard bank arena
    2012- Awarded BEST CHOIR AWARD in RSA by NACMA
    2012- Participated in Old Mutual National Choir Festival Champ of Champs category with 3 other choirs and was honored with place third place.

    2013- Participated in the Ekurhuleni Melting pot National Choir Festival “Tribute to O.R Tambo” within the 10 best RSA choirs under the baton of Mr V Nomanyama.
    2014 – Won KZN Melting Pot Championship
    2014 – Won KZN Arts & Culture Championship
    2014 – Won the Melting Pot art Festival National Championship (African piece category)
    2015 – Staged a concert in partnership with KZNPO performing Missa Bravis by Qinisela Sibisi.
    2015 – Won the NCF competition Champ of Champ overall Category
    2016 – Won the Melting Pot Arts Festival music competition and was crowned the Gaints of the Game 2016
    SA Singers has also staged huge performances including Ushaka ka-Senzangakhona; full Handel Semele concert with Baroque 200 orchestra; performed Prince Eargo in partnership with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. SA Singers has participated in the Grahamstown National Arts Festival several years. Recently staged a piano concert at Bloemfontein, Mangaung Municipality with Free State Choristers.

    SA Singers works in collaboration with the University of KwaZulu-Natal as well as the University of Cape Town to give music graduates a podium to showcase their acquired skills; students are given first priority to pursue leading opera roles within choir. In the music field competition is too high but these graduates have successfully battled amongst the best in RSA to live their dreams!!! Moreover, the choir also goes to high schools and renders some performances as to motivate and equip learners who are doing music as a subject to see the brighter side of music. As a result the choir also has high school learners within the magnitude of its membership.

    Prescribed music

    Rex tremendae + Sanctus from Requiem

    Bulang Dikgoro

    Choice:
    Ngiyakholwa Missa Brevis by Q Sibisi

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    Sounds of the Nation

    Gauteng

    Conductor: Mr Mohau Mogale

    Sound of the Nation was founded in February 2007 by a collective of 12 community members, whose aim was to establish a strong community choir that prides itself with making choral music of the highest quality which is increasingly demanded in South Africa.

    The choir comprehends and eloquently communicates the Godly message of love, hope, peace and unity that is deeply embedded in various musical compositions. This message is sung to the nation by a chorus of fascinating South African voices, artistically blended to produce a remarkably soothing choral sound for the nation. The choir draws its musical repertoires from a variety of composers of all eras stretching from the middle Ages through the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical down to the Romantic and Turn of Century eras. Compositions from African composers form an important source of the choir’s musical repertoire.

    The 80 odd members of Sound of the Nation choir represent men, women and youth from many different backgrounds and professions, ranging in age from 18 to 55. They reflect a medley of unique lives and experiences and are brought together by their passion for singing. Their incomparable voices are the common chord that unites to produce the solid choral sound, representative of our South African nation. The members of the choir are all unpaid volunteers who rehearse twice times a week. A number of our choristers have performed at the highest level of choral music in South Africa both as choristers and soloists and have gained invaluable experience.

    Prescribed Music
    Rex Tremendae/ Sanctus
    Kwabanjalo

    Choice piece
    Dikeledi by Mohau Mogale

    >Conductor:   Mr S Njeza

    UWC Creative Arts Choir is an initiative of students at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) which is supported by Student Development and Support. Its vision is to be the:

    • main vehicle of mobilizing the UWC community towards social cohesion, moral regeneration and community engagement via music.

    UWC Creative Arts Choir seeks to:

    • Solidify the extra-curricular life of UWC students and developing their holistic student experience through choral, opera, classical & African traditional choral music.
    • Be the catalyst of community engagement and youth development in adjacent areas to the university and the nation at large.
    • develop UWC students so that they can be agents of change in communities from which they come from.
    • position music in the centre of academic excellence of students by focusing largely on the psychological and mental development of students.

    Achievements

    Since its reformation in 2007 UWC Creative Arts Choir has participated and won prizes in the following competitions/festivals:

    • National Choir Festival Western Cape eliminations overall winner 2008, 2009
    • SATICA overall winner 2009, 2012, 2014
    • Western Cape Choral Music Association (WeCCMA) competition overall winner 2012, 2013, 2014
    • Old Mutual National Choir Festival large category overall winner 2013 in Western Cape province and National level.
    • 2016 Varsity Sing Semi Finalist
    • The choir is in the line up for the much anticipated 2017 NCF Champ of Champs category.

    Prescibed Music

    Voici des roses

    Kwabanjalo

    Choice:

    Azi Ndothini na? by Mlungisi Mangali

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    Western Choral Choir

    Western Cape

    Conductor: Mhlalisi Mungeka

    The Western Chorale Choir was established in 2006 but had its origin in 2001 as the school choir of the Harry Gwala Secondary School in Khayelitsha. The choir draws its members from some of the most disadvantaged areas in Cape Town where a range of Social problems directly affect them. The aim of the choir is related to these social realities as it sets out to find talented young children in the community in order to provide them with the opportunity to participate in a formal extra-curricular activity that builds their sense of selfworth and that shapes and prepares them for possibilities that differ from their day to day realities.

    This project seeks to utilize children of this community to give them something to look forward to after school as part of reducing crime and making sure that our children are involve in extra-curricular activities. The choir has received several accolades at the different competitions. In 2004 the choir toured Germany and Austria with great success as worthy ambassadors for South Africa. The international exposure was life-changing experience for many of our choristers and following that experience, six soloists received German sponsored bursaries to further their studies in the Performing Arts.

    The choir went on to win four trophies in their first competition placing first positions to all songs in 2006 and became champs of WCCMA competition and came position 3 in NCF Old Mutual-Telkom competition. In 2007 the choir crowned as provincial champs in SACMA-POST OFFICE competition (male voice category) and went to represent the province in national competition which took place in Gauteng. Same year the choir came position 2 in NCF Old Mutual competition. In 2008 the choir placed position 2 in SACMA-POST OFFICE competition and position 1 in western piece in NCF Old Mutual.

    The choir has produced professionals individual and groups like Heavenly Quaterz.

    In 2016, the choir has won provincial Old Mutual Western Cape Championship for the first time and managed to end up in top ten that proceed to the National Finals.

    Prescribed Music:
    Inflammatus

    Kwabanjalo
    Choice:
    Umalusi Wam by B Magatyana

    :   Mr S Njeza

    UWC Creative Arts Choir is an initiative of students at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) which is supported by Student Development and Support. Its vision is to be the:

    • main vehicle of mobilizing the UWC community towards social cohesion, moral regeneration and community engagement via music.

    UWC Creative Arts Choir seeks to:

    • Solidify the extra-curricular life of UWC students and developing their holistic student experience through choral, opera, classical & African traditional choral music.
    • Be the catalyst of community engagement and youth development in adjacent areas to the university and the nation at large.
    • develop UWC students so that they can be agents of change in communities from which they come from.
    • position music in the centre of academic excellence of students by focusing largely on the psychological and mental development of students.

    Achievements

    Since its reformation in 2007 UWC Creative Arts Choir has participated and won prizes in the following competitions/festivals:

    • National Choir Festival Western Cape eliminations overall winner 2008, 2009
    • SATICA overall winner 2009, 2012, 2014
    • Western Cape Choral Music Association (WeCCMA) competition overall winner 2012, 2013, 2014
    • Old Mutual National Choir Festival large category overall winner 2013 in Western Cape province and National level.
    • 2016 Varsity Sing Semi Finalist
    • The choir is in the line up for the much anticipated 2017 NCF Champ of Champs category.

    Prescibed Music

    Voici des roses

    Kwabanjalo

    Choice:

    Azi Ndothini na? by Mlungisi Mangali

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    Correctional Service Choir

    Swaziland

    Conductor:   Melisizwe Sibusiso Zwane

    The choir was formed in 1993 by the then Correctional Services Commissioner Edgar Hillary assisted by Justice Dludlu. The choir was placed under the musical directorship of John Mngomezulu who played a pivotal role in shaping the choir into a formal performing unit until the baton was handed over to Dominic Gamedze. Under the musical directorship of both, the choir competed locally and in countries such as Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa. The choir has since the year 2014 been conducted by Melisizwe Zwane and that co-incided with a change in fortunes where competitions are concerned. The choir will be taking part in its 3rd National Choir festival finals in succession. Recent notable successes include a 2015 National Arts and Culture Award for choir of the year in Swaziland and the 2016 Opera Category championship in the OR Tambo Melting Pot Festival Top 10.

    Prescribed Music

    Rex Tremendae/ Sanctus by Hector Berlioz

    Bulang Dikgoro JSP Motuba

    Choice

    Usuyizwe Emazweni by Mbeki Mbali

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