Namibia Economist (Windhoek)

22 June 2012

Namibia: Voices of Namibia to the U.S.

Time has come again for Namibia to take part in the international Choral Olympics which will be held in Cincinnati from 04 to 14 July. The Namibian choir is finalising their travel plans to ensure the group arrives in the US ahead of the competition.

Namibia participated at the World Choral Olympics which were held in Shaoxing, China and under the leadership of veteran Ernst van Biljon they scooped one gold and two silver medals. Namibia was also selected by the judges to participate in the 2010 Mass World Choir which consisted of 300 of the world's top singers.

The Namibian choir consists of 35 members from all the regions. These are the best voices in the country, proud to continue the legacy of choral music. Van Biljon said the level at which choral singers compete is not important, the main idea with choral music is to sing for pleasure. "The sheer enjoyment or reaching for artistic stars, the power and the vibe of singing connecting the soul to a subtle force of inner satisfaction which is so powerful."

The choir works with well-known Namibian composers such as Robert Nautoro and Engelhard Unaeb under the masterful guidance of Ernst van Biljon. The choir itself is conducted by Rayno Burger.

This year more than seventy three countries from across the globe will participate in the World Choir Games in Cincinatti.

Local performances before the choir's departure aims to collect funds to help cover the cost of attending the competition. This Saturday evening 23 June, they will sing at the DHPS Aula.

Tickets are N$80 for adults and N$40 for kids and are available at the Biltong Shop (Maerua Mall) and the Medi-Sun pharmacy in Wernhill Park shopping mall.

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