Duinesig choir in fine form

Choirs from across the country competed at a major choir competition for a place in the final round.

09 June 2019 | Education

Gisela de Villiers; Judge; “These kinds of choir competitions provide opportunity for school choirs to improve their repertoire …”

Swakopmund - Karl Philander

The Duinesig Combined School choir won gold at the Afrikaans Language and Culture Association (ATKV) Applous choir competition. The prestige event was hosted by the Mascato Youth choir at the Namib Primary School Aula in Swakopmund.

The school will now compete at the competition finals in Bloemfontein, South Africa, from 24 to 27 July

In order to qualify for the ATKV competition in South Africa, the choir needed to win gold and is ranked according to the allocated performance percentage it obtained.

Vrede Rede Primary School, St George’s Diocesan School and the International School of Walvis Bay participated in the junior section.

Otjiwarongo Secondary School, Swakopmund Secondary School, Duinesig High School and Windhoek High School took part in the senior section.

Choirs competing in the junior section had to render three pieces of their choice. The senior choirs had to perform a total of four pieces with one being the prescribed piece, “Drie Nagliedjies No 1”, by Niel Rademan.

The judges panel consisted of Gisela de Villiers and Theodore Cookson, the conductor of the Mascato Youth Choir.

De Villiers, a director of the Johannesburg-based music production company Infullvoice that specialises in the training of young singers, explained the importance of taking part in such competitions.

“These kinds of choir competitions provide opportunities for school choirs to improve their repertoire. Choir members learn from their mistakes and use these lessons to improve on their shortcomings.”

She also conducted a joint workshop after the competition for participating choirs. She briefly demonstrated different singing techniques and how choir members can use not only their vocal cords, but their entire bodies to sing.

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