Cape Town Male Voice Choir expands its repertoire

The Cape Town Male Voice Choir will perform at Christ Church in Constantia, corner of Parish and Constantia Road, on Sunday August 7, at 3pm.

The Cape Town Male Voice Choir was formed in 1976 as a four-part male voice choir.

The choir was open to all from the outset, but the history of segregation mitigated against the building of a truly diverse, representative choir. For a number of years now, the choir has intensified efforts to become truly representative of the city.

Steps have been taken to engage proactively with different communities and to deepen diversity in terms of membership, audience and repertoire.

The recent award of a grant from the National Lotteries Commission has enabled the choir to extend its reach into marginalised communities, attracting new, younger members of exceptional talent. Over the years, the choir has delighted audiences with its broad repertoire, which includes Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine; Mozart’s Lacrymosa; Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen; Moon River (Mancini/Mercer); It’s Only a Paper Moon (Arlen/Rose/Harburg); Ukuthula (traditional Zulu); Praise Ye the Lord of Hosts (Saint Saëns); AvinuMalkeinu (Janowski); Oom Jakkals (traditional Afrikaans) as well as standards such as Sibelius’s Finlandia (sung in Welsh).

The choir is currently preparing to visit Argentina next year to participate in the international Melodia Choral Festival with Cenestra Male Choir from Gauteng.

Says musical director Peter Roux: “These are exciting times for choral singing.

“Across the world choral singing is gaining in popularity as people experience the joy and benefits of coming together to sing in harmony. Our strength and ability to delight and transport our audiences rests on the three pillars: harmony, diversity and the joy of song.”

Tickets to the concert cost R100 each.

To book, call 021 701 0861 or 082 218 0100 or visit www.ctmvc.org.za for more information.