The SMS Chapel Choir excelled by achieving second position at the Cantamus National Competition for school and regional choirs. They participated in the category “Equal-voiced Girl Choirs.” Several choirs participated in the competition that took place in George in the Southern Cape in August.
On their way to George, the girls visited the Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape. The luxurious rooms of Ilita Lodge in George were a perfect start to a perfect trip.
The second day was spent at Hartenbos Beach where the girls made great memories. After a day of shopping, and swimming in the ocean, they were ready to prepare for the competition that awaited them the following day.
At the competition, all rigged out in their new choir outfits, the nerves, the apprehensive atmosphere, the judges’ expressions, and the silence before receiving the first note, were overwhelming. While some SMS parents sat waiting to hear the beautiful harmonies, the choristers mentally prepared themselves for what was to come.
Having sung ‘Oor die Kam’, ‘Yo le canto’, as well as their African Medley, the choir knew they had excelled. Excitement mounted as the choristers waited for the prize-giving function of the evening.
Eventually the fantasy became reality. As runners-up, the Chapel Choir received an appreciative applause, enthusiastic congratulations and many compliments.
After the prize-giving, a meet-and-greet was held for all the choirs, giving the choristers the opportunity to mingle and show off their best dance moves.
The choir, which has grown to 75 members, was accompanied by their conductor, Ms Joanie Prinsloo, the accompanist for the competition, Mr Dana Cilliers, and two staff members, Mr Jaco Cilliers and Mrs Tabbie Enslin.
The choir lived up to their reputation! Their recent performances at Speech Night, Valedictory and Songs of Celebration were outstanding and literally gave one goose bumps! At these events, they added A Child’s Prayer, The School Prayer and the School Anthem to their repertoire.