Hitting the right notes for 40 years: the much-loved Old Mutual National Choir Festival

5 Dec 2017
Choral music lovers are in for a treat at the 2017 Old Mutual National Choir Festival Finals.

As South Africa’s biggest choral music festival and one of the most thrilling music events in the world, the Old Mutual National Choir Festival has been raising the bar, year after year, for 40 years.

This year’s contest will culminate on stage at the Ellis Park Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on 9 and 10 December 2017.

After grueling regional competitions in five Southern African countries, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe, 25 talented choirs will deliver phenomenal performances as they vie in the finals for the big prize.

Vuyo Lee, Old Mutual Chief Marketing Officer, says: “The Old Mutual National Choir Festival is one of our best-loved sponsorship properties. Since the first National Choir Festival back in 1977 the event has stayed true to its original values and original vision: changing lives through choral music. As a company we are committed to the communities in which we operate, and we believe that strong networks and beautiful relationships can be built through music.”

Leading the line-up and battling it out for the winning title will be the top 10 choirs in the large category, 10 regional champions in the standard category and the much anticipated Champ of Champs, which consists of five of the previous large category winners.

The winning choirs in the large category will take home R100 000, R90 000 and R80 000 for first, second and third place respectively, while the top three winning choirs in the standard category will walk away with R74 000, R64 000 and R54 000 respectively. Each of the competing choirs has already been awarded an average of R11 000 for wowing the judges at the regional events.

Standard Category Choirs

Sounds Delight Chorale (Eastern Cape), Northern Cape Police Choir (Northern Cape) Chitungwiza Harmony Singers (Zimbabwe), Manzini Cathedral Choir (Swaziland) Amazwi Kantu Choir (Gauteng) Western Classical Voices (Western Cape), Gaborone Youth Singers (Botswana), Joyful Sounds (Kwazulu Natal), Prince Mshiyeni Choir (Kwazulu Natal) and Thabong Chorus (Free State)

Large category choirs

Joyful Harmonies (Western Cape), Royal Swaziland Police Choir (Swaziland), NWU Serenaders (North West), The Sounds of Joy Choral Society (Kwazulu Natal), North West University Choir (North West), HM Correctional Services Choir (Swaziland), Western Chorale (Western Cape), Free State Choristers (Free State), Zwelitsha Adult Choir (Eastern Cape) and Kopano Chorus (Gauteng)

Champ of Champs

SA Singers (Kwazulu Natal), UWC Creative Arts Choir (Western Cape, Sound of the Nation (Gauteng), Voices of the Nation (Gauteng) and Gauteng Choristers (Gauteng)

“Please join us for what promises to be the most thrilling final event yet!” says Lee. “We’re looking forward to an exciting and diverse musical weekend with performers from all over Southern Africa at the Ellis Park Indoor Arena, Johannesburg. The incredible energy that each choir member brings to every performance, the meticulous mastery of the conductors, and the audience that cheers the choirs to victory cannot be missed.”

Tickets are available at Computicket and cost R120 - R350.


Caption: 25 Choirs will compete at the Old Mutual National Choir Festival Finals this weekend