Taalmonument Koorfees 2018 klein

Language Monument’s Choir Festival promises exceptional music
15 choirs will promote choral music amongst a wider audience

An exciting musical first will take place on 14 April when the Afrikaans Language Monument, presents a choir festival in the amphitheatre on Paarl Mountain. Well-known and emerging school as well as community choirs will put their best notes forward to entertain guests with a wide variety of music, individually and jointly.

“One of the goals of this festival is to promote choral music,” says Christine Bam, co-organiser and a mezzo soprano and vocal coach in own right. “There is no competition or judging linked to this event. It’s a fun event for choirs to sing, enjoy the day and network with other choirs.”

The day also offers an opportunity for choirs to raise funds through ticket sales, while giving learners, their families and the wider audience a chance to share their love of music with each other. The 15 choirs are from Frank Pietersen Music Centre, Brackenfell High School, DF Malan High School, Jan van Riebeeck High School, HTS Drostdy, Namaqualand High School, Junior Campus Private School, Kensington Chorale Girls, LMS La Rochelle, Paul Roos Gymnasium, Protea Heights Academy, Saxonsea Primary, Paarl Boys School, JG Meiring High School and the East District Community Choir. The official opening is at 18:00, after which all the choirs will perform individually before closing off with a mass choir work ‘Amavolovolo’, arranged by Rudolf de Beer. The hope is that this festival will become an annual event.

Tickets, R120 for adults and R60 for children under 12 years old, can be purchased at the participating schools until 11 April, after which it will be available at Computicket and on the day itself at the amphitheatre’s gates. The gates open at 17:00 for the public and numerous stalls will provide visitors with food and beverages. Visitors are requested to bring warm clothes. Unfortunately, no fires, dogs, own food or beverages are allowed. Access is controlled, and sufficient parking is available.

For further information, call 021 863 0543/4809 or visit www.taalmonument.co.za and www.facebook.com/afrikaansaalmonument.