Local learners picked from among learners from 49 schools to sing in regional choir

Storm Venter (second row, second from right) with her choir friends at the Monument Primary School Choir practice.

The Cantare Choir, an internationally renowned choir, introduced two new members to their team. Both of them are from Krugersdorp schools.

Storm Venter, a nine-year-old from Monument Primary and Christine Downing, a 14-year-old from Krugersdorp High School both succeeded in blowing away the judges with their beautiful voices during their auditions at the Cantare Choir tryouts recently. The two Krugersdorpers will compete in the Choir Olympics in 2018. Choristers from about 49 schools in the south of Gauteng attended the auditions.

Storm Venter next to one of her Monument Primary School Choir mates.

This event is at the same level as all other international events and the exceptionally talented group has received recognition both nationally and internationally as one of South-Africa’s leading children’s choirs.

The choir has 73 very talented members, some of whom from disadvantaged communities.

The choir is also a non-profit organisation that reaches out to disadvantaged children with exceptional singing talent to uplift, develop and create opportunities for them.

Participation allows them to nurture friendships and promotes cross-cultural relationship building. The choir performs at a variety of competitions, festivals and events both locally and abroad.

Participation in the World Choir Games will take place in July 2018 in Tshwane. It is the first time in 30 years that the competition will be hosted in South Africa.

“The past week our choir received the fantastic news that we qualify to participate in the Champion’s Competition, due to our achievements in the Golden Voices of Montserrat, Fiestalonia,” said Ida Strydom, artistic director for the choir.

Storm Venter, middle back with her Monument Primary School Choir.

In March last year the choir won the Grand Prix competition in Llorett de Mar, Spain, with 100 per cent in the Folklore Championships and first prize in the Children Category. The choir also featured on the SABC 2 programme Pasella in June.

Storm said she was exited to be able to showcase her talents in both her school choir and the regional choir. “I still get time for homework and for playing with friends, but the choirs are my life. Most of who I am is singing,” said Storm.

Sean Venter, both the local girls’ father, said he is very proud of them and hoped that they would continue to chase their singing dreams.

“It is a real honour and privilege to have been granted two daughters with such amazing musical talents,” said Sean. “I thank our Lord for granting me these gems. I also thank Him for giving them both these amazing talents. With all of us coming from a musical background, I know that my late grandmother would be extremely proud of the girls. I know I am.”

To sponsor one of the pupils for the Olympics or to learn more about the Cantare Choir, visit their website at www.cantare.org.za or contact Heinrich Gericke, chairman of the Cantare Choir Board on 011 908 5616 or 073 232 094

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