The Stellenbosch University Chamber Choir (SUCC) will be entertaining students for R20 with a fundraising concert this Thursday. The choir performed as Artist Choir in Residence to the World Youth and Children’s Choir Festival hosted in Hong Kong in July 2017.
“SUCC was noticed by the organisers of the Cantemus Choral Festival which takes place from 16-21 August in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, and was subsequently invited as Artist Choir in Residence,” Brent Reynolds, Production and Ensembles Manager of SU Music Department, said.
According to Reynolds, the SUCC, conducted by Martin Berger, is an integral part of SU’s Music Department. Tiaan Bothma, a third year BMus student, said being part of the choir is an opportunity to liberate himself from his studies.
“I met a lot of friends who share the same interests as I do within the choir. It is a wonderful experience,” Bothma said. According to Bothma the choir is excited to take South African culture to the Hungarian people.
Reynolds said the choir’s performance on 17 May will include works by South African and international composers as well as indigenous South African songs.
“The choir will perform a part of the programme that will be presented in Hungary,” he added. Reynolds stated that as Artist Choir in Residence, the choir is expected to present performances and
workshops demonstrating the South African culture.
“Festivals such as the World Youth and Children’s Choir Festival in Hong Kong and the Cantemus festival in Hungary provide a platform for musical and cultural exchange. Members of SUCC are thus able to share their own culture and music, whilst at the same time being exposed to different cultures and music from around the world,”said Reynolds.
Bothma added that being part of the choir is not only fun, but also educational.
“We will not only be teaching Hungarian people about the South African culture, but we will also learn more about the Hungarian culture,” Bothma added.
The SUCC will be performing at the Endler on the 17th May at 13:00 and encourages all to support their fundraiser. Tickets are available at R20.