The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sound of the Nation Choir will collaborate in bringing the Christmas Community Concert to Soweto.
The concert takes place on 2 December 2017, 15:00 at the Diepkloof Hall in Soweto and will be conducted by Eddie Clayton and Mohau Mogale.
Sound of the Nation is a Choral Music organisation based in Soweto. Established in February 2007, the choir has 75 members, the majority of which are the youth of Soweto and surrounding townships. One of the main goals of the Sound of the Nation is to stimulate community interest towards choral music, thereby mobilizing the community in support of culture and heritage.
The Johannesburg Philharmonic will be in full force and is donating its services free of charge. This concert is aimed at helping to promote community choirs and give them the opportunity to perform with professional musicians as well as introducing new music to the communities around Johannesburg.
Mr. Bongani Tembe, the Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the JPO said: “Choral music plays an important role in South Africa, particularly in the black communities; it is a fantastic tool of bringing people together in happy and sad moments. Almost every village, township, school or church has a choir. The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to promote this genre of music and to help enhance the skills of choristers and conductors.”
The programme will consist of famous opera choral works and popular Christmas sing along carols to bring the people of Soweto into the festive season.
Tickets will be sold at the door and all the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Sound of the Nation Choir.