- Tygerberg Children’s Choir to China

- Tygerberg Children’s Choir to China

The Tygerberg Children’s Choir travels to the Shaoxing province of China this week to participate in the 6th World Choir Games from 15 to 20 July.

Twenty-thousand active participants, 421 invited choirs representing a whopping 95 countries will compete for the highest honours in what is regarded as the world’s most important choir competition.

Tygerberg Children’s choir will participate in three categories: Children’s Choirs, Music of the Religions and Folklore. The programme will include pieces such as Lauda Sion (Orbán György), Hoj Hura Hoj (A Czech mountain song), a Sotho song Arihe Morija, La Lluvia (Hatfield), Kaljanner Kaljanner (Hendrik Hofmeyr) Boesmangebede (Salome Hendrikse) and The Lord’s Prayer (Malotte).

At the 5th World choir Games in Graz, Austria in 2008, the choir came second in the coveted Children’s Choir category, losing by a margin of only 0,037% to a boys choir from the Philipines. They also obtained two further gold medals.

For almost four glorious decades the choir, based in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs and under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor Hennie Loock with Theresa Loock as arranger and accompanist, has taken lovers of choral music on a very special musical journey.

The choir regularly performs with great aplomb for heads of state, princes, kings and queens and is one of South Africa’s proudest export products. The choir has won every major international choral competition since its inception in 1972 and its unsurpassed legato singing, maturity of sound, musical power and dynamic interpretation of very difficult material makes Tygerberg Children’s Choir a foremost exponent in the world of international competition choirs. The choir has a vast legacy of excellent choral CDs as testimony of its prowess.

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