The International Federation for Choral Music(IFCM) invited the NMMU Choir to represent Africa at the 11th China International Choral Festival and IFCM World Choral Summit in Beijing, China in July 2012. The theme of this global initiative was voices in Harmony. The choir performed in the opening ceremony for the festival infront of 18 000 people. A special performance was also held for around 700 delegates, constisting of internationally renowned choral conductors. In addition to these performances, the NMMU Choir hosted a workshop. Here, attendees were taught African singing techniques and walked out practising the famous "African Clicks."
In 2011 the choir was very privileged to be selected as one of the 24 choirs (chosen from 120 choirs from five continents) as the only choir from South Africa to perform at the prestigious IFCM’s 9th World Choral Symposium in Puerto Madryn, Argentina in August 2011. This is the most important event on the international choral calendar and scheduled every three years in another country and preferably on another continent
First place: Volkslied (Traditional) with 96%
Third place: Kunstlied with 90,5%
Publikum prize: Most popular choir at competition
The Choir, reflecting our multi-cultural country in image, song and dance were not only ambassadors for NMMU, but also our metropole and country. They are the only choir in the 46 years of the competition to receive a standing ovation after their performance.
Performances at the University of North Florida and St Augustine were planned to coincide with the visit to Jacksonville by the Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Nondumiso Maphazi, and her entourage. These performances were also attended by the Mayor of Jacksonville and other dignitaries.
Reviewers in the US wrote of the NMMU Choir performances:
“…wows audience with versatility and skill”
“…amazingly talented, highly skilled”
“…brought the audience to its feet with high energy
African drumming, dancing, and traditional African songs”
“…the audience burst out of their seats”
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Port Elizabeth, 6031, South Africa
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