Singing groups of the NWU spread the charm
The North-West University (NWU) Puk Choir, conducted by Mr Kobus Venter, recently returned from a successful tour to Namibia.
The tour started on 21 June with a visit to the community of Upington, where they sang to a full audience in the church of the URCSA.
The tour took them to the Augrabies National Park and they received a traditional Namibian welcome from the local choir in Keetmanshoop. During the visit to Windhoek the choir attended a workshop together with the local youth choir, the COTA Youth Choir, and again held a fully sold-out concert in the Reformed Church of Windhoek. The choir also gave a free performance in a local German old-age home.
Venter said that the high point of the tour was the visit to the two coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. The choir gave joint concerts and a workshop with the local women’s choir, the C-Gals, as well as sold-out concerts in Swakopmund’s Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche and Walvis Bay’s city hall.
Venter said that the mayor of Walvis Bay, Ms Nambahu, a former student of the NWU herself, was in the audience of 500 people. After the performance she gave high praise to the NWU and referred to her good memories of English lectures by Prof Annette Combrink.
After a few enjoyable adventures at Dune 7, the choir also visited Okahandja and Gobabis. The tour ended at Jwaneng in Botswana.
• Die Boulevard Harmonists, an a capella group for six voices, visited the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown for the ninth time. The group presented a series of five concerts in the Rhodes Chapel on the campus of the Rhodes University.
The group consists of three male and three female voices, with Marilize Hattingh (soprano), Lanka Stols (mezzo-soprano), Carla le Grange (alto), Manna Stander (tenor), Wilhelm Meyer (baritone) and Phillip Venter (bass).
Their performances were well attended and the Boulevards also took part in the festival’s outreach programme, with a free concert at the Brookshaw old-age home.
They were highly praised in the local festival newspaper, CUE, and the audiences were charmed with good singing and a variety of music, and they were rewarded with many standing ovations.
PHOTO: The Boulevards during their performance in the Rhodes Chapel. From the left are Marilize Hattingh (soprano), Lanka Stols (mezzo-soprano), Carla le Grange (alto), Manna Stander (tenor), Wilhelm Meyer (baritone) and Phillip Venter (bass).
PHOTO: Members of the Puk Choir at Dune 7 in Namibia.