Dear Friends

1) Rachmaninov Vespers

2) Workshop: The Basics of Sight Reading

3) Pro Cantu Auditions

Rachmaninov Vespers

Our performances of Rachmaninovs All-Night Vigil (Opus 32) together with the Cape Town Chamber Choir, went very well. We had three wonderful concerts: one in Stellenbosch and two in Cape Town. Because of audience demand weve added more performances. The next performance will be on Saturday 11 September at the Dutch Reformed Church in Welgemoed. The concert starts at 7:30pm and tickets (R80) will only be available at the doors. If you attended one of the previous performances and enjoyed it, please spread the word! More information about Vespers performances in October will follow in our next newsletter.

Workshop: The Basics of Sight Reading

Dr Johathan Griffith from New York (bio attached) will be conducting a workshop titled The Basics of Sight Reading at DF Malan High School on Wednesday 1 September from 7:00pm till 8:30pm. We apologise for the short notice! The worskhop is free, although the materials used during workshop will be sold for R5,00 to cover the costs of copying. The workshop is aimed at all choir members, choir conductors and singers,but anyone is welcome.

To get to DF Malan High School from Cape Town: take the N1 north. Take the Durban Road turnoff and turn east; cross the N1 . Cross the first set of traffic lights and turn right into Fransie Van Zyl Drive (a dual carriage way) at the next traffic light. Drive for about 1 km and pass the school (on your left; were aiming for a back entrance, which means you have to drive around the school.) At the first traffic light after youve passed the school, turn left; turn left immediately again and drive back to the school. At the T-junction turn right and then enter at the first gate on your left.

Pro Cantu Auditions

The audition season for 2011 is open! Anyone between the ages of 14 and 25 can audition.

Pro Cantu plans for next year include participation in a choral festival and competition in Greece during the July holidays, (cost R15,000). Weve also been invited to a once-off choir of the decade competition at Llangollen in Wales. This is a very presitigious competition, as the only past winners of the Llangollen Internationa eisteddfod have been invited. This tour will be partially sponsored by the organisers and by friends of the choir in England. Depending on the choirs collective fundraising efforts this might mean choir members end up paying very little.

Choir rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings between 6:40pm and 8:40pm as well as Friday evenings between 6:40pm and 8:45pm. Attendance of three weekend rehearsal camps are also compulsory for choir members.

Choir fees are based on a sliding scale depending on their financial situation choir members choose to pay anything between R50 and R200 per month.

Please spread the word and encourage talented singers to audition? Anyone interested can either send an email to leon or an sms to 082 571 4264.

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Beste Koorvriende

Rachmaninof Vespers

Ons uitvoerings van Rachminof se Deurganggesange (Opus 32) saam met die Kaapstad Kamerkoor was n groot sukses, soveel so dat ons verdere uitvoerings beplan. Die eerste hiervan is op Saterdag 11 September in die Welgemoed NG Kerk. Die vertoning begin om 7:30nm en kaartjies (R80) is slegs by die deure beskikbaar. Indien u een van die vorige uitvoerings bygewoon het en dit geniet het, versoek ons u asseblief vriende en familie aan te moedig om dié vertoning by te woon.

Werkswinkel: Basiese aspekte van Bladsang

Dr Jonathan Griffith van New York (biografie aangeheg) bied n werkswinkel aan by DF Malan Hoërskool oor die basiese aspekte van bladsang. Die werkswinkel is gemik op sangers, koorsangers en dirigente van alle ouderdomme. Dit vind plaas op Woensdag 1 September tussen 7:00nm en 7:30nm in die skool se gimnasium. Die werkswinkel is gratis maar om die koste van afrolwerk te dek word n fooi van R5 vir die bladmusiek wat uitgedeel word, gehef.

Ons vra om verskoning vir die kort kennisgewing!

Pro Cantu oudisies

Die Pro Cantu oudisie seisoen vir 2011 is oop! Alle sangers tussen die ouderdomme van 14 en 25 kan aansoek doen.

Pro Cantu planne vir 2011 sluit in n toer na n koorfees en kompetisie in Griekland asook n toer na Turkye gedurende die Julie vakansie. (Koste: R15,000). Ons is ook uitgenooi na die koor-van-die-dekade kompetisies in Llangollen, Wallis gedurende Oktober. Hierdie is n uiters prestige-ryke kompetisie, aangesien slegs vorige wenners van die koor van die wêreld titel by die Llangollen Eisteddfod genooi is. Die organiseerders gaan n deel van die koste dra, asook vriende van ons in Engeland. Afhangende van ons eie fondsinsamelingspogings behoort die koste vir koorlede dus minimaal te wees.

Kooroefeninge vir 2011 is Dinsdagaande van 6:40nm tot 8:45nm asook Vrydagaande van 6:40nm tot 8:45nm. Bywoning van drie oefenkampe is ook verpligtend.

Koorfooie word op n glyskaal gebasseer: afhangende van die koorlid se finansiële situasie kies hy/sy om tussen R50pm en R200pm te betaal.

Belangstellendes kan n epos stuur na leon of n sms stuur na 082 571 4263.

Vriendelike groete!

Leon Starker

jonathan-bio-photo.pdf

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