Bloemfontein Childrens Choir

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INTERESTING INFORMATION 2017-2019

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2019

Visit to Scotland, Stirling Bridge International Arts Festival, July 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS 2018

2018 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR PHYSICALLY DISABLED AND VISUALLY IMPARIED: PERFORMANCE

MOMENTS 2018 - MAY 2018

BLOEMFONTEIN ARTS FESTIVAL, JULY 2018

UPCOMING EVENTS 2017

EDUCATIONAL OUTING TO EVITA MUSICAL

The choir will be going on a educational outing to the Evita Musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber on Sunday 15 October 2017 at The Teatro, Montecasino.

CHOIR CAMP

The choir will be having a choir camp on the 28th & 29th July 2017 at Retief Camp Site near Maselspoort to study music for the concerts and tour.

2017 COMMITTEE

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The Choir Committee for 2017 is:

Jaano de Bruyn - Headboy

Lisa Lombaard - Headgirl

Karabo Phutsisi - Under Headboy

Mpho Mohai - Under Headgirl

NEW MARKETING MANAGER

Johan Gunter

JOHAN GUNTER

Johan Gunter is a born Free Stater and still resides in Bloemfontein. He started his career as an Auctioneer and after 10 years in the Auctioneering Business he ventured into the media and started as marketing coordinator and announcer at the former Radio Hoogland. He left Radio Hoogland after 4 years and joined Radio Rosestad. Johan is for the past 20 years at Radio Rosestad as Announcer and Marketing and Project Manager.

To work with the youth is one of Johan's passions and he is involved with a number of churches where he also performs with his Gospel Band. Johan has a passion for music and song and also do motivational speeches combined with song and music. On a weekly basis he hosts a program 'BodemloseKoffiOppiKoppi' aimed at giving people hope through the Word.

Johan has recently joined the Bloemfontein Children's Choir as Marketing Manager which he sees as a wonderful opportunity and he is looking forward to this new challenge.

 

Interesting Bits and Pieces

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Interesting Bits and Pieces!

2016 - 2017 activities to date

Particpated in the 2016 Nedbank National Champioships for Physically Disabled and Visually Impaired - March 2016

Moments 2016

SARU Awards, October 2016

Annual Concert 2016 with Jannie Moolman and Corlea Botha

Sadow shifts as part of fundraising for the choir

Sample ImageBoet Troskie, was the Patron of the Choir until May 2016 after a wonderful tenure of many many years. He received a doctoral award in 2007 at the Central University of Technology. The Bloemfontein Children's choir is very proud of him! To show this and to acknowledge him as our Patron, the choir comitee paid him a special visit. To express our thanks they sang a most touching song: Irish Blessing. They also gave him a handmade card to congratulate him on this big achievement.

2014 tour to cape town & stellenbosch

During July 2014, the choir had a successful tour to Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Paarl and 49 of the choir members could take part in the tour. The choir received a standing ovation and performed with the Canticum Novum Choir conducted by Louis van der Watt, the Kensington Chorale, conducted by Lizl Gaffley, the Cape Town Youth Choir, Conducted by Leon Starker as well as the Paarl Boys High Ensemble, conducted by Stefan van Hassen. The choir concluded the year with a beautiful concert in the Odeion in September. During the visit to the beautiful Western Cape, the choir visited Table Mountain, travelled by train from Bellville to Simons Town and experienced the Cable Car at the V&A Waterfront. A visit to Kirstenbosch and walking on the 12m high, 130m long Tree Canopy Walkway or referred to as "The Boomslang" on a very cold rainy day, was a wonderful experience. The children also took a cruise on "The Jolly Roger", and for most this was a first on the big waters of the ocean!!

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2013 TOUR TO SLOVENIA, AUSTRIA, GERMANY & BELGIUM

At the end of 2013, the choir had a very successful tour to Slovenia, Austria, Germany and Belgium where they received standing ovations at all performances. A highlight of the tour was a performance in the Dome Church in Salzburg where and audience of 6 000 people listened to the choir and stood up to give a standing ovation to the choir!!!

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SKOUSPEL 2005

The Bloemfontein Children's Choir went on tour to Skouspel 2005. The event was in Sun City at the superbowl the superbowl is HUGE ! It can take about 6000 people and it was full at all four shows! We really enjoyed the valley of the waves and the lazy river. We stayed at a youth hostel and had loads of fun! We performed with famous South-African artists like Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Dozi, Christina Azavedo, Koos kombuis etc. I really Hope we get a chance to perform there again!

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ABSA KKNK 2006!

In 2006, the choir got an Invatation to go to the ABSA KKNK, a national arts festival in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. We had three performances each on a seperate day. We stayed in "Die Herberg" youth hostel. We had loads of shopping time and we all bought very interesting stuff at the hundreds of different stalls. We also watched two shows, Gatiepie en die vroue Spooke and André the hypnotist. We had much fun watching all those people get hypnotised! It was a real privilage to perform on one our countrie's own art festivals.

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History & Highlights

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  • Our tours to Belgium and the USA
  • Winner at the Children's Universal Choir Festival, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
  • A TV broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
  • A first place at the 50th Neerpelt Choir Festival for the Youth
  • A Special invitation to perform at the Heritage Day celebrations at the Union Buildings and the State Theatre
  • Performing with Dana Winner
  • A third place at the choir competition in Tolosa, Spain
  • Two Silver Medals at the First World Choir Olympics in Linz, Austria.
  • Establishment of the Bloemfontein Kinderkoor Trust in Bloemfontein and the Bloemfontein Kinderkoor Stigting in Bilzen, Belgium.
  • The inauguration of President Thabo Mbeki.
  • Helmut Lotti goes Bloemfontein.
  • Helmut Lotti out of Africa - recording on CD.
  • The Mormon Tabernacle Choir - television program.
  • We have close ties with choirs from Hong Kong in the East to Canada in the west.
  • Friendship in Sweden with war-torn countries.