Tygerberg Children’s Choir
For more than forty years the Tygerberg Children’s Choir, based in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs and under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor Hennie Loock with Theresa Loock as arranger and accompanist, has taken lovers of choral music on a very special musical journey. The choir regularly performs with great aplomb for heads of state, princes, kings and queens and is one of South-Africa’s proudest export products. The choir has won every major international choral competition since its inception in 1972, and its unsurpassed legato singing, maturity of sound, musical power and dynamic interpretation of very difficult material makes Tygerberg Children’s Choir a foremost exponent in the world of international competition choirs.
Since 2008, these highly talented children participated in the world’s flagship choral competition, the World Choir Games in inter alia Austria, China and the USA, where they received many gold medals and were crowned Double World Champions – in the Religions of the World and Folklore categories in Shaoxing in 2010. The World Choir Games is widely regarded as the ‘Olympic Games” for choirs, and only the very best choirs from all over the world are invited to participate. The fact that Tygerberg Children’s Choir is a children’s choir aged between 10 and 14, and that these results were obtained against much older choirs, makes the achievement even more remarkable.
In 2014 the choir will once again participate in the World Choir Games, this time in Riga, Latvia.
South African Youth Choir
The South African Youth Choir is one of the most exciting choral projects in the world today. It brings together exceptionally talented young singers from all over our beautiful and diverse country, giving them the opportunity to excel on artistic and scholastic level in the undisputed hub of South African choral singing today – the Northern Suburbs of beautiful Cape Town. To become part of SAYC is only possible for a select few, and successful candidates are very fortunate indeed.
Since 2005 this fabulous choir, accommodated at the Durbanville High School Hostel, has been developed into a unique musical product of international standard and won a gold diploma at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales in 2006. International media hailed the choir as a true export product of South Africa.
The choir members are committed to artistic excellence. Many members come from disadvantaged areas and are orphans. They are the raw talent of South Africa. The choir offers them a voice and hope. They dare to dr