From the 4th to the 8th July the Rustenburg Girls’ High School Chamber Choir competed in the 10th World Choir Games held for the first time in Pretoria, South Africa. This event flies by the banner ‘Various Voices, one Harmony’.
This year the competition was extremely well represented by over 300 choirs from 60 countries which makes it truly an international event. The Chamber Choir participated in the Open Championship in the Equal Voices Youth Choirs category and presented works by David Willcocks, Todor Skalovski, Amanda McBroom, and Jim Papoulis. The contrasting programme was very well received and the choir managed a Gold Diploma with an overall second place in the category.
The choir was also involved in an Individual Coaching session by Dutch conductor, Dr Johan Rooze, as well as a Friendship Concert with choirs from Ireland, Gabon, and South Africa at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre. The choir also had the opportunity to watch several other choirs perform in some of the other categories which in itself was a great learning experience. An incredible amount of hard work was put into organizing and preparing for this tour by various role players. Being part of the World Choir Games was an unforgettable experience and managing to obtain a second place in our category was simply just the cherry on the top.