ZIMBABWEAN voices to the world!
Choice Childrena��s Choir and Note2etoN Choir a�� will be debutants at the World Choir Games to be held in Tshwane, South Africa from 4 to 13 July.
Choice Childrena��s Choir is a choir with children from Harare comprising a total of eight schools, public and private schools.
Note2etoN is an adult community choral group composed of people with a common passion for contemporary choral music.
Note2etoN choir seeks to promote positive societal values and norms using music and bringing together the community thus promoting healing where needed as well as cultural exchange.
a�?The Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe are rendering national support to the two choral groups to represent Zimbabwe at a higher level,a�? said National Arts Council (NAC) in a press statement.
The World Choir Games are a bi-annual international choral festival in which choirs from different parts of the world congregate to sing and compete.
This year is the 10th Anniversary of the World Choir Games and for the first time, the competitions are being held in Africa. The games are based on the Olympic ideals, which aim to peacefully unify people and nations connected by song in a fair connection.
Therefore, the participation of both choirs is an opportunity to participate, contribute, enhance vocal skills and experience the enthusiasm of singing together.
a�?At the World Choir Games the Choice Childrena��s Choir will participate in the Mixed Childrena��s Choirs category 2 and Friendship Concert whereas Note2etoN Choir will compete in category 9 of Mixed Choirs and category 27 for Scenic Folklore. The send off ceremony for the choirs will be held on Saturday 30 June at Reps Theatre.
a�?As part of the selection process for The Choice Childrena��s Choir, children went through an audition process in August last year. Over a hundred children auditioned to join the choir and 46 were selected who were the best singers and showed the most potential. These 46 children for the last 10 months have been rehearsing weekly to represent Zimbabwe,a�? NAC said.
The two choirs had a series of performances at the annual National Institute of Allied Arts Eisteddfod.
This year Choice Childrena��s Choir performed with some particularly challenging classes with choristers who were much older than them and excelled and proved their worth.
In 2016 Note2etoN took part in the National Eisteddfod and attained Honours and won the Rotary Trophy for Contemporary Ethnic and Traditional Category.