On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Dalene Hoogenhout about WITS Choir who are celebrating their 55th anniversary.
Wits Choir 55th Anniversary Celebration Concert.
The Wits Choir 55th Anniversary Celebration Concert is an event that choir alumni and fans will not want to miss. It showcases the Wits Choir brand of choral music – a joy to chorister and audience member alike. They will be performing the repertoire which they are renowned for, i.e. music from South Africa and from the continent of Africa with favourites such as Ntakana ntyilo-ntyilo, an isiXhosa folksong, God is hier teenwoordig by Eduard Bosman and Alleluia by Malawian composer, Fr Immanuel Mlenga. Many new songs have been added to the repertoire and they are, amongst others, Usaote by Namibian composer Engelhard #Unaeb, a Swahili song, Je! Wajua, Yesu anipenda and the South African premiere of Thloko ya me, Tlhoko ya gagwe by Mokale Koapeng.
Dalene Hoogenhout is the Trainer and Conductor of Wits Choir — the official choir of the University of the Witwatersrand. She has been a conductor for 21 years now since being appointed to reconstitute the Choir as an independent and representative ensemble of high musical standard at the University in 1994.
Under her direction, the Choir has become one of the leading choirs in South Africa, specialising in music of the African continent and particularly South Africa. She and the Choir bring the music of this continent to many audiences and other choirs both locally and internationally on the numerous tours and outreach projects that the Choir undertakes.
Listen to Renos’ interview with Dalene Hoogenhout here:
Tune in to Saturday’s Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice – Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8am to 11am