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German choir to tour South Africa and Namibia

13.03.2018 - Article

The German choir “Junges Vokalensemble Hannover” will have a concert tour in South Africa and Namibia from March 16 until April 1 2018. They are following invitations both by the state government of Lower Saxony and by partner choirs in Cape Town, Windhoek, and Swakopmund.

The German choir Junges Vokalensemble Hannover  and the Harmonious Sound Choir staged a concert together in East London in 2015.
The German choir “Junges Vokalensemble Hannover ” and the Harmonious Sound Choir staged a concert together in East London in 2015.© Junges Vokalensemble Hannover

The second tour of Junges Vokalensemble Hannover to South Africa Begins in March 2018. Its sponsors include the Goethe Institute, the German Foreign Office and the State of Lower Saxony. This is all in the context of the partnership between the State of Lower Saxony and the Province of the Eastern Cape.

Junges Vokalensemble Hannover will stage concerts in East London and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, in Cape Town (two Performances of Handel’s MESSIAH together with Cape Town Youth Choir, soloists and orchestra), and in Windhoek (with COTA Youth Choir and two other choirs) and Swakopmund (with Mascato Youth Choir). Each time will be with the intention of meeting South African and Namibian choirs and people, and singing together with them. There will be also workshops alongside a school concert, and a joint concert in Port Elizabeth. There will also be musical contributions in three church services in East London and Windhoek.

These are the following cooperating partners:

Stirling Chamber Choir and the Big Band of Stirling High School in East London, the Choir of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, the school choir of Diaz Primary School in Port Elizabeth, the Cape Town Youth Choir in Cape Town, COTA Youth Choir in Windhoek, Mascato Youth Choir in Swakopmund, the East London First Baptist Church in East London, the Macedonia Parish of Windhoek-Katutura, and the Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirchengemeinde Windhoek (Christuskirche).

The choir

The German choir Junges Vokalensemble Hannover partnering with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Choir in Port Elizabeth.
The German choir “Junges Vokalensemble Hannover” partnering with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Choir in Port Elizabeth.© Junges Vokalensemble Hannover

The mixed choir Junges Vokalensemble Hannover was founded in 1981 by its artistic director Prof. Klaus-Juergen Etzold. The choir consists of about 40 female and male singers. Many of the members are active or former students of the University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover, but other professions are represented as well. All singers are united in their wide choral experience and their joy in singing challenging works together. The performance of a wide range of a cappella works, some of them quite unknown, forms an important emphasis of the choir. In addition to sacred and secular a cappella music of the 15th century until today, the choir performs cantatas, masses, oratorios, and passions.

The tour dates

Stations: East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town; Windhoek, Swakopmund.

Sat., March 17th, 2018, 7 p.m.:
Joint concert with Stirling Chamber Choir, Stirling Big Band, Junges Vokalensemble Hannover  direction: Leoni Amour-Johl, Alan Webster, K.-J. Etzold. Auditorium of Stirling High School.
Address: Gleneagles Road, Stirling, East London

Sun., March 18th, 2018, 9 a.m.:
Holy Service. Musical contributions: Junges Vokalensemble Hannover. Pastor Barry Thomas. First City Baptist Church, East London
11 a.m.: Concert of Junges Vokalensemble Hannover in First City Baptist Church
Address: 6 Belgravia Cres, Belgravia, East London, 5201.

Mon., March 19th, 2018, 7 p.m.:
Joint concert with the Choir of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, cond. Junita Lamprecht van Dijk, and Junges Vokalensemble Hannover.
South Campus auditorium of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Address: University Way, Summerstrand, 6019,

Tues., March 20th, 2018, 9 a.m.:
School visit, workshop and school concert. Diaz Primary School, Port Elizabeth.
Address: Cradock Place, Port Elizabeth

Sat., March 24th, 2018, 7 p.m.:
Concert G. F. Handel: MESSIAH (I) with Cape Town Youth Choir, Junges Vokalensemble Hannover, soloists and orchestra, cond.: Leon Starker.
Address: Jameson Hall, Residence Road, University of Cape Town, Upper Campus, Cape Town

Sun., March 25th, 2018: 4 p.m.:
Concert G. F. Handel: MESSIAH (II) with Cape Town Youth Choir, Junges Vokalensemble Hannover, soloists and orchestra, cond.: Leon Starker. Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium, Cape Town
Address: Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium, Picton Street, Parow, Cape Town

Mon., March 26th, 2018: afternoon:
Workshop with COTA Youth Choir, cond. Fanie Dorfling. College of the Arts, Windhoek
Address: Fidel Castro St, Windhoek, Namibia

Tues., March 27th, 2018: 6.30 p.m.:
Devotion with music and „Joint Concert Germany and Namibia“. Groote Kerk, Macedonia Parish, Windhoek-Katutura, Pastor Lorenst. Raonga Kuzatjike. With COTA Youth Choir (Windhoek), Choir „Soli deo Gloria“ (Katutura), Harmin Choirs (Katutura) and Junges Vokalensemble Hannover.
Address: Katutura, Wilibard Kapuenene Street erf 346, Windhoek-Katutura

Thu., March 29th, 2018: 7.00 p.m.:
Joint concert with Mascato Youth Choir, cond. Theodore Cookson, and Junges Vokalensemble Hannover. Namib Primary School, Swakopmund.
Address: Strand Street, Swakopmund

Fr., March 30th, 2018: 3.00 p.m.:
Holy Service on Good Friday. Evang.-Lutheran Parish, Christuskirche, Windhoek. Pastor Achim Gerber.
Address: Robert Mugabe Ave, Windhoek


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