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CUT CHORISTERS LEAD THE 38TH OLD MUTUAL NATIONAL CHOIR FESTIVAL
Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) Choir took a lead on 19 September 2015 at the 38th Old Mutual National Choir Festival in Boet Troskie Hall. Competing against six best choirs, the choristers scooped the first position under the standard category on their home ground.
The standard category consists of 30-48 choristers who have to choose African and Western pieces prescribed for each category. Competitors includes Matjhabeng Harmonic Voices, Meloding Community Choir, Phomolong Inter Choir, Mangaung Metro Municipality Choir, Ben Marcato Marvellous Sound and Marvellous Chorus.
STANDARD CATEGORY – WESTERN SONGS:
1. Gia intorno dei venti/Feriam! Feriam! – iI Profeta (by G. Meyerbeer)
2. The Fair – Faust (by C. Gounod)
3. Light as air at early morning – Faust (by C. Gounod)
STANDARD CATEGORY – AFRICAN SONGS:
1. Waza wamuhle Mzantsi (by S. Njeza)
2. Finale Act 1 – Madiba the African Opera (by S. Njeza)
CUT choristers will be waving the CUT flag high when representing Free State Province at the national competitions. The event will be held at Vista Arena, Bloemfontein on 06-07 December 2015. The winning choirs for large category will walk away with R10 000, R9 000 and R8 000 respectively, while standard category winners can expect to win R8 000, R7 000 and R6 000 for the top three positions.
The National Choir Festival is a national choral music competition conducted at district and provincial level; culminating in a National final. The annual festival runs from January to December.
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