The Singkronies Chamber Choir is a mixed choir, selected on the merit of voice quality and musicality. The name Singkronies means the desire to sing in a synchronised way as well as singing without pause. The choir is mostly composed of amateur singers from all walks of life. Notwithstanding the pressures of other professional commitments, choir rehearsals are enthusiastically attended, which is proof of a commitment to and love for music!
The choir is unique in that it is self-supporting and not affiliated to any institution. It has identified the production and recording of South-African choral music as a priority and adopts a project-based approach to performances and recordings.
The choir is acclaimed for its excellence, both nationally and internationally. Nationally six CD recordings have gained recognition and the choir has been awarded the prestigious FNB SAMA (South-Africa Music Awards) in 1999 for the best recording of a mixed choir. During an international choral festival in Finland in 1998, the choir was lauded in a review for the excellent standard of its performance. These awards acknowledge the furthering and refinement of South-African choral music.
The choir has had four international tours. In 1998 the choir visited Finland and Estonia and in 2004 the Czech Republic invited the choir to take part in an international music festival. In 2007 the choir again went to Finland and Estonia and took part in the Talinn International Choral Competition. 2008 saw the choir participating in the Tolosa International Choral Competition. Singkronies also initiated a National Chamber Choir Festival held annually in Pretoria, and hosted this for a number of years.
Since its founding in 1996, Singkronies was conducted by Dr Johann van der Sandt until 2008, when he accepted the position of Musical Director at the Drakensberg Boys Choir School. In 2009 Lhente-Mari Pitout was appointed conductor, and stayed with the choir until 2011.
The choir was re-established as an adult project choir in September 2012 under the direction of Charlotte Botha, who left to accept a position as the second conductor and music teacher at the Drakensberg Boys Choir School in September 2013. Acclaimed tenor and conductor, Nicholas Nicolaidis is the current conductor of Singkronies. Membership is fluid, and changes with each project. This means that the choir divides its year into sections, and singers commit for a 3 month, 4 month or 6 month period depending on the specific project. This structure works well for singers who work or study full-time.
Singers are supplied with the sheet music which needs to be learnt well in advance. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings from 18:20-20:20 (in Pretoria) to work on interpretation and expression. At the end of a project, we welcome new singers to audition for the next project.
Any singer aged 18 and above is welcome to do an audition. Be sure to check our auditions page to find out when our next auditions will be.
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