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(Hoërskool Wonderboom choir)
Hoërskool Wonderboom’s choir was established in 1986 by Mr A Morland and was co-winners of the Afrikaans Culture Society Applause ’86 (Also in 1988, 1994, 1999, 2002 and 2005, 3rd in 2007 and 2008) competition for high schools in the Northern Transvaal. They also won 8 Director’s Trophies, making history by being the first choir to win in all three categories (mixed-, boys’- and girls’ choir) of the competition.
In December 1988 they were invited to
In 2005 the choir took part in the 6th International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music in
In 2010 the choir once again took part in the Prague Festival, this time taking 1st place in the youth choir category. Furthermore they were appointed Festival Laureate – overall winners of the competition. They continued their tour of the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Austria.
During the past eight years the choir has had South African workshops with the choirs of Kokopelli (Canada) and Harvard University (USA), the ETV Lastekoor (Estonia), the APZ Tone Tomsic choir from the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and the Czech Philharmonic Children’s Choir (Czech Republic). They also made their appearance on Polish television in 2005. They regularly tour through South Africa, visiting the Western Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga.
Throughout the choir’s 26 years of existence under conductor Albert Morland, many choir members wanted to continue singing after finishing school. Several returned, forming a special choir called “Conwonnité” consisting mainly of (but not exclusive to) ex-school choir members. During the past two years Conwonnité has collaborated with the school choir in two productions for the ATKV, namely “Ave Maria/ Halleluja” (consisting of famous works by Mozart, Schubert, Gounod, Handel, Jenkins and including in the cast notable South African musicians such as organist Ockie Vermeulen, internationally acclaimed soprano Haneli Stapela and popular voice Jak de Priester. It was performed on two occasions, one being the Aardklop National Arts festival in Potchefstroom) and a Christmas program with well-known soprano Rina Hugo and tenor Dewald von Solms.
This joint choir was chosen (from more than 70 applicants) as one of only 10 choirs and bands to take part in the Cantus Salisburgensis Festival in Salzburg in 2013.
The choir will also perform in Begium and Paris.In this choir family we work hard but play often and through the act of singing together we find ourselves growing into balanced human beings who are ready to serve the world with a song - from the bottom of our hearts!
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