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Old Mutual National Choir Festival

  • Date(s):
    Sat, 05 August @ 09:00
  • Venue: Sand du Plessis Theatre
  • Admission Fee:

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MEDIA RELEASE: Celebrating 40 years of greatness in choral music


Music lovers across Southern Africa have the opportunity to experience first-hand the world-class performances that define the Old Mutual National Choir Festival when the 40th anniversary of this legendary choral music competition kicks off on 5 August 2017.


Tickets are now on sale for the fiercely contested landmark 40th anniversary of the Old Mutual National Choir Festival, which is set to wow audiences like never before.


The annual music extravaganza is renowned for its powerful embodiment of sheer passion, hard work, perseverance, sacrifice and unity by organisers, participants, audiences and communities across Southern Africa.


“Ubuntu: there is no better word to describe what the Old Mutual National Choir Festival means to everybody involved,” says Old Mutual Sponsorship Manager, Bandile Mngoma. “As the main sponsor, Old Mutual is proud to play a role in bringing people together to celebrate the glorious tradition of choral singing.  We believe that by supporting this event and helping to cultivate talent, we are building strong communities and enabling positive futures for many.”


Apart from showcasing Southern Africa’s extraordinary talent and passion, the choral showdown inspires a great spirit of collaboration between everyone involved.

This year’s competition will see choirs performing songs from the following prescribed music:


Standard category:


1.    “Cheinterminabileandirivieni” Don Pasquale                  by Donizetti  

2.    “Squilla ilbronzo del Dio! Guerra, Guerra!” Norma           by  Bellini

3.    Norma viene...ah bello a me ritorna”Norma                    by Bellini                                             



1.    Inqola Emasondosondo                                                      by Q  Sibisi      

2.    Ingqanga                                                                              by S Njeza                  


Large category:


1.    Qual cor tradisti” Norma                                                       by Bellini         

2.    Mimanca la voce”Mosè                                                       by Rossini

3.    Esultiamo...siridesti...O sommo Carlo Ernani                        by Verdi          



1.    Yash’ Ingoma                                                                          by Q  Sibisi

2.    Khab’ Ingoma                                                                        by SBP Mnomiya        


“This year’s grand finale is going to be a momentous occasion, when we celebrate 40 years of creative genius through music. I urge families and communities to support their choirs as they poise themselves for musical greatness!” concludes Mngoma.


Dates and Venues for the Old Mutual National Choir Festival Regional Finals:




Free State

Saturday, 5 August

Bloemfontein - Sand Du Plesiss Theatre


Sunday, 13 August

Matsapha - Esibayeni Lodge

Western Cape

Sunday, 20 August

Cape Town - Arts Cape Main Opera House  

North West

Saturday, 3 September 

Rusternburg - Rustenburg Civic Centre


Saturday, 16  September

Harare - Celebration Centre

Northern Cape

Sunday, 1 October

Kimberley - Northern Cape Theatre

Eastern Cape

Saturday, 7 October 

Grahamstown – Guy Butler Theatre


Saturday, 14 October

Johannesburg - Mosaiek Teatro


Sunday, 15 October

Ethekwini – Playhouse


Tickets are available at R60 per person at the following outlets:

  • Tickets for the Free State Regional Finals are only available at the PACOFS booking office in Bloemfontein.