The St Francis College school choir has done the school proud after scooping First position at Circuit Level of the inter-school choir competition organised by the Department of Education recently.
It is important to note that the school has not had an established legacy of choral tradition for a while now, and therefore in its first appearance at the inter-school choir competition held at Hamarsdale Magaba Community Hall, to scoop first position is something to be proud of. With this success, the school booked itself a place at the next round of the competition at the District Level which took place at Newlands East Library Hall on the 11th May.
The School Principal Ms N. M. Njapha said she was very proud of the school choir members for their performance and achievement at the competition. “It is the first time that our choir enters in such competition and they did us proud as a school”.
Meanwhile, Mr P. Mkhize, the school choir conductor said the choir performed exceptionally well, considering the fact that it was their first ever participation in such kind of competition against other schools. “Our choir never participated in any kind of competition before, but it sang in Holy Masses, school functions and the Annual Catholic Schools Festival held at St Emmanuel Cathedral, Durban.
Seeing the great potential in the school choir Mr Mkhize said he decided to throw choristers in deep end by participating in school choirs’ competition. “It was not easy, but with cooperation of Ms C. Mdluli and the determination of the choristers, the choir sang very well, obtaining 1st position in both songs at circuit level thus qualifying to participate at the District Level held at Newlands East Library Hall. At the district level the school was eliminated. “This was the end of a long and hard journey, but it was a good and exciting experience for the learners who had never sung on stage in such competitions before”, said Mr Mkhize. He also commended the school leadership for not only allowing the choir to participate but also for the unwavering support that they received. “To the learners, this is the beginning of the process of rediscovering their talent and a musical career for some”, he said.
Asked for a comment about the choir, one of the oldest staff members said, it reminded her of the Mariannhill of olden days, whose choir used to lead a musical circles. Under the baton of old choirmasters – the late Sr. Ingberta among others, it even recorded at the SABC, hymns that were played on radio for many years after recording.