The night started off with the UJ choir and their conductor Renette Bouwer setting a high standard for all other performances to follow. This was followed by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University choir and their conductor Junita van Dijk and SU with their conductor, André van der Merwe. Tuks Camerata, with their conductor Michael Barrett, finished the night off on a high note, being the only choir to receive a standing ovation.
Speaking to Perdeby, Barrett said, “At the end of the day choral music is the winner ,” adding that the prize money from the Varsity Sing series will be used to assist the less fortunate in funding their tour to Europe next year for their participation in the Choir Grand Prix and the World Choral Symposium taking place in July 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.
Barrett added that he thinks the Varsity Sing series was a great success and giving participating choirs additional publicity is also very beneficial.
Tuks Camerata is one of only 24 choirs and also the only choir from Africa and the southern hemisphere taking part in the World Choral Symposium.
Photo: Stefan Stander