Scenery Park school choir seeks funds for World Choir Games in Belgium
By Khuthala Nandipha
Provincial choral champions, the Scenery Park’s Uviwe Senior Secondary School Choir is hoping to compete in the 11th World Choir Games in Belgium on July 10, 2020 if they can raise close to half a million for their 50-member choir.
School teacher, Bulelwa Mseti says they were meant to pay a deposit by February 18, 2020 but their fundraising efforts have simply not been enough. However, the choir has not given up on their dreams to fly the South African flag at the world games. They have to raise funds in the months leading up to July in order to be considered for a spot.
“As a school and a community, we have endeavored into many fundraisings’ efforts, but we need big sponsors. The parents of these children are very impoverished and simply cannot contribute to this large amount needed. Please support us, these children have achieved so much with this choir in the country, they are very talented and they need this opportunity so they can trust that hard work does pay off,” said Mseti.
In previous years, the school has qualified for the World Games in Portugal but could not attend owing to lack of funds. The choir was founded in 1996 by students as a way to unite the school’s student community in singing, in particular choir singing. Since its establishment, the choir has been consistent as participants of the Department of Basic Education’s (DBE) school choir competitions, South African School Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE), Afrikaans Taal en Kultuurvereniging (ATKV)’s Applous Koorkompetisie (the biggest school choir competition in the SADC region) since 2011.
For the first time in their history, Uviwe Choir represented the school at the Eastern Cape Provincial Eliminations in 2010. When Hemingways Mall officially opened, the choir was one of the two choirs that were invited to entertain guests at a gala event.
From 2015, Uviwe Choir became a regular participant in the “Music in the Park”, a concert held annually for Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality’s senior citizens at ‘The Valley’ in Berea, East London obtained a Gold Certificate.
They obtained a Gold Certificate in 2011 at the ATKV Applous Border Regional Festival and in 2013 they progressed to the finals of the Applous in Bloemfontein, where they got a Silver Certificate. In 2017, the choir represented the Province of the Eastern Cape at the ABC Motsepe SASCE National Championships.
“The school’s objective is to nurture its learners into becoming future leaders. On March 21, we will have a Fun Run 5km on the Black Road, and later at the school premises, there will be entertainment, food stalls, craft and music. Tickets are R30 for children and R50 for adults,” said Mseti.
On Valentine’s day, the school hosted a fundraising gala dinner that was attended by local music sensation CeeBoo and community members who paid R300 for a ticket. The mixed choir specializes in acapella, classical, folk, ethnic, sacred, cross-over, R&B, Jazz, Opera, Gospel, Pop, Folk, Rock and other genres.
To sponsor the choir, please contact the Eastern Cape Rising Sun office or go directly to the school.
See a video of the choir on this link: https://www.facebook.com/uviwechoir/videos/395806170478631/