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Kwazulu Natal choirs ready to compete for choral music’s biggest prize

Some of Southern Africa’s finest voices will be on display when choirs take to the stage at the Kwazulu Natal regional championships of the Old Mutual National Choir Festival at the Ethekwini City Hall in Durban on Sunday, 04 September.

Billed as a choral showdown, featuring more than 100 choirs from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Swaziland. This annual competition is one of the longest running and most successful choral music events on the subcontinent, igniting the passion of musicians and thrilling their fans and supporters

In the standard category African Sweet Melodies (Gauteng), Belcanto Singers (Eastern Cape), Diamond City Chorus (Northern Cape) and Chitungwiza Harmony Singers (Zimbabwe) have secured their places in the finals of the standard category.

According to Old Mutual sponsorship manager Bandile Mngoma, “The standard of performances this year is surpassing all our expectations. All the choirs have gone through a demanding audition process to ensure an exceptionally high standard of performances. We congratulate all the winners thus far. The ultimate winners though are the public who are inspired, healed and moved by the music.”

“We trust that the initiative continues to enable positive futures and we look forward to the performances in the rest of the series.”

In the regional round of the championship, the winning choirs in first, second and third place in the large category walk away with R10 000, R9 000 and R8 000 respectively, while standard category winners pocket R8 000, R7 000 and R6 000 for the top three positions.

Finalists will compete at the prestigious National Finals, to be held at Ellis Park Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on 10 and 11 December 2016.

Large Category League Standings:
1. Eastern Cape Police Choir
2. Sound of the Nation
2. Kopano Chorus
3. Voices of the Nation
4. Gauteng Choristers
5. JMPD Choristers

Dates and venues for the remaining regional championships:
KwaZulu-Natal
Sunday 4 September
Ethekwini City Hall – Durban

Botswana
Saturday 10 September
Boipuso Fairgrounds Hall – Gaborone

Free State
Saturday 17 September
Boet Troskie Hall – Bloemfontein

Swaziland
Sunday 25 September
Esibayeni Lodge – Matsapha

Western Cape
Sunday 2 October
Artscape Main Opera House – Cape Town

Mpumalanga
Saturday 8 October
Civic Centre – Nelspruit