National Arts Council of Zimbabwe’s Acting Communication officer Cathrine Mtombeni
Two Zimbabwean Choirs have qualified for the
World Choir Games set to be held in South Africa from the 4th to the 13th of July this year.
In a statement issued by National Arts Council of Zimbabwe’s Acting Communication and Marketing Manager Cathrine Mtombeni, said choir groups which qualified for the games are Choice children’s choir and Note2etoN Choir.
“The Choice Children’s Choir is a choir with children from Harare comprising of a total of 8 schools that are government and private schools. Whereas, Note2eotoN is an adult community choral group composed of people with a common passion for contemporary choral music.
As part of the selection process for the Choice Children’s Choir, the children went through auditions in August last year. Over a hundred children auditioned to join the choir and 44 who were best singers were selected. The 46 children for the last 10months have been rehearsing weekly to represent Zimbabwe,” she added.
Mtombeni explained that the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation alongside the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe will render national spupport to the two choral groups to represent Zimbabwe.
“The World Choir Games are bi-annual internal choral festival in which choirs from all over the world congregate to sing and compete together. This year, marks the tenth Anniversary of the World Choir Games and for the first time, the competitions are being held in Africa. The games are based on Olympic ideals, which aim to peacefully unify people and nations connected by song in a fair connection,” she added.
Mtombeni said that participation of both choirs is an opportunity to participate, contribute, enhance vocal skills and experience the enthusiasm of singing together.
At the World Choir games the Choice Children’s Choir wil participate in the mixed Children’s Choir category 2 and Friendship Concert whereas Note2etoN Choir will compete in category 9 of Mixed Choirs and category 27 for Scenic Folklore,” she said.
Mtombeni pointed out that the send-off ceremony for the choirs will be held on the 30th of June at Reps Theatre.
As part of the selection process for the Choice Children’s Choir, children went through tan audition in August last year. Over a hundred children auditioned to join the choir and 44 who were best singers were selected. The 46 children for the last 10months have been rehearsing weekly to represent Zimbabwe,” she added.