The newly found Cape Soloists’ Choir will make its much anticipated debut on Saturday June 1 at Bishops’ Chapel in Rondebosch. According to Jaco Dippenaar, founder and conductor of the choir, the choir’s name refers to the individual members who are all semi-professional or professional singers. “Our aim is to take choral singing to exciting new frontiers by performing inspiring and innovative programmes, while at the same time introducing South African audiences to a wealth of choral music not often heard in concerts,” says Dippenaar.
The Cape Soloists’ Choir launch concert is a tribute to the music of Knut Nystedt, widely regarded as the father of modern choral music. The eighteen members of the Cape Soloists’ Choir all currently hail from Cape Town and surrounding areas, although membership will not be limited to the Cape region. The singers are professionally trained, all of whom are potential soloists in their respective fields. The choir aims at having twenty-six singers on a rotational basis eventually, which would allow the number of singers to vary according to the repertoire of a particular project. This will give both flexibility and stability and allow the choir to maintain an exacting standard of the highest performance.
Of his monumental work, O Crux, Nystedt once commented tongue-in-cheek: “I composed the work in such a way so that only good choirs could sing it.” Dippenaar confirms this as one of the reasons he chose this specific work for their launch concert. “The audience can definitely expect world-class choral singing.”
* The hour-long concert will start at 6pm and tickets at R100 person will be available at the door. For more information, call 071 350 6220.