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The UCT Choir in 2015

The UCT Choir in 2015

We hope that your 2015 was enriching and fruitful. Ours sure was. The choir was been hard at work in 2015, growing in number and raising our standard to new levels, and we would like to share our adventures with you.

We welcomed new members into the choir at the beginning of first and second semester, both local and from abroad. Being the most diverse musical group at the University of Cape Town, students from various faculties, countries and contexts come together twice a week to work on an equally diverse repertoire. The first weekend of March saw us off on our first intensive music learning and rehearsing excursion—our camp at Big Oak Karmel Campsite, Franschhoek. Not only do we make major musical progress over this weekend each year, but camp also provides an amazing opportunity to connect with new and old members and solidify friendships, creating a joy and unity that shines through in our work in the months that follow.

Throughout the first semester, we performed at a variety of events, ranging from corporate events to weddings. We were privileged to perform for nearly 500 guests at the Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) Annual Gala Dinner held in the Silo District in February—a fundraiser for the museum gathering every major collector in the country and many from the continent and further afield. Zeitz MOCAA will be Africa’s first museum dedicated to contemporary art and will be opening towards the end of 2016. The next few months took us to various venues around Cape Town and Stellenbosch where we serenaded couples into wedlock and were honoured to be a part of each couple’s special day. 
Before we knew it, May was upon us, bringing with it our most eagerly anticipated event of first semester: our annual Winter Concert, which was to be held at St. Thomas Church, Rondebosch. This year we had the joy of sharing the stage with the Shorter University Choir from Georgia in the USA. The concert was a huge success, drawing an audience from near and far and expanding the UCT Choir’s ever-growing community of friends. Celebrating our 30-year anniversary this year, this concert was recorded and the live performance is available on our new CD, aptly named “Winter Warmers”, available to all for the hearty price of R100.

We kicked off the second semester with a televised performance on South Africa’s “feel good” breakfast show, Expresso. We absolutely loved singing for the nation as we watched the sunrise from the Sea Point recording studio, giving the earlybirds an uplifting start to the day. That same night, we hosted a joint concert in the beautiful St. George’s Cathedral with the renowned Whiffenpoofs of Yale University. The cathedral was graced with nearly 500 guests, and the performance received rave reviews from all quarters.

Thereafter, we worked intensively in preparation for our annual tour of the Garden Route at the beginning of September. This five-day tour is a major highlight of our musical year, each year providing us the opportunity to take our passion for singing beyond the borders of Cape Town and showcase our many hours of hard work. Our 2015 tour took us to Greyton, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay, where we shared our love of music with locals, visited beautiful places, and created long-lasting friendships with our own members and with people we met along the way.

We were hard at work learning new pieces and refining our current repertoire for our gala concert. We closed off our choral year with this exciting finale, with an evening of fine music at Hiddingh Hall on the 16th October at 19h30. 
In final news, an opportunity of a lifetime has presented itself: the choir was invited to sing at the Lincoln Center (New York, USA) in 2016 to represent their city and university abroad! As a student-run and self-funded society, we need all the help we can get in raising funds to get us to this prestigious event. Any donations or sponsorship would be gratefully appreciated, and can be done so by clicking on this link to our website (http://www.uctchoir.co.za/donate) or by contacting us on uctchoir@gmail.com.

For a complete list of the 2015 UCT Choir’s events and repertoire, see the events archive and past repertoire.


Who were our singers in 2015?

Soprano: Amy Lawrence, Buko Toyi, Carla De Cerff, Gugu Ntombela, Mandy Fleck, Megan Hinde, Mokgadi Marishane, Mwape Kapepula, Onele Kala, Pumla Mthiyane, ``Rebecca Mort, Robyn Law, Rumbi Nakah, Runako Muzwidzwa, Siliziwe Mtwa, *Talia Lifson, Tsitsi Karimakwemda

Alto: Alice Gelderblom-Waddilove, Buhle Maseko, Chawa Madoroba, Emma Baker, Febe Gaweses, Gemma Walker, Ghia Gelderbloem, ``Glenda Aphane, *Kate Gardy, Loren De Koker, Megan Conville, Reabetswe Modise, Rolien Zonneveld, Serena Vas, Sharo-Lee Solomons, Tinaa Andrianarisoa

Tenor: Aaron Krishna, Andrew Williams, *Chays Van Deventer, Helenard Louw, John-Ross Brouwers, *Kagiso Zwane, Lubabalo Ngejane, Luke Ducray, ``Ross Macarthur, *Sam Peirson, Siseko Maweyi

Bass: Dennis Aspell, George De Kock, Jarrod Keuler, Maqhawe Madonsela, ``Sabelo Xulu, Sean Giba, Sivenkosi Maqhula, Stephen Horn, Tarantino Sambo, *Tim Plasket, Torben Du Toit, Tshepo Baloyi, Xola Matlanyane

* indicates a member of the committee
`` indicates a section leader

As well as special shout out to those who sang with us during the year -- Ayanda Nyathi, Donavan Sobantu, Elissa Ladwig, Jaco Scheepers, James Clacherty, Jamie Jacobson, Jasmine Howard, Katharine Hofmeyr, Kristina Kirby, Lauren Downing, *Mandipa Ndlovu, Marcelle September, Maya-Rose Torrao, Meghan Travers, Michael Wright, Michaela Resch, Nancy Chomitz, Ridge Amaro, Rowan Hodson, Simone Hager, Sophie Crochet