Stirling Primary choir scoops national awards

The Stirling Primary School choir took third place and its song, Emlanjeni Yelele, was voted the best African song at the annual ATKV Applous choir competition in Pretoria last week.

HIGH NOTE: The Stirling Primary Senior choir with their choir teacher, Nomagugu Makhathini, right, and accompanist Elizabeth Kahnleft, after clinching gold and top awards Picture: SIBONGILE NGALWA

The competition is one of the biggest in the country, in which schools are invited to compete in various categories.

The national competition is open to primary and high school choirs, with the primary objective to promote Afrikaans songs and youth choirs.

However, the competition does not discriminate against other languages, as it seeks to promote enjoyment of choir singing generally.

As a result, choirs are also allowed to perform and participate in the non-Afrikaans category.

The Stirling Primary School choir, which is made up of 53 Grade 4-7 pupils took part in the non-Afrikaans mother tongue category and performed brilliantly. With their powerful English voices, the choir won third place overall and won the best African song for Emlanjeni Yelele.

The Stirling High School choir also won in the best African song category.

Stirling Primary choir teacher Nomagugu Makhathini said the pupils had worked hard in preparing for the competition, sacrificing many afternoons and sometimes weekends to practise.

“The pupils worked extremely hard and we are very proud of them.

“They were focused and dedicated. We rehearsed almost every day and sometimes on Saturdays too,” the proud teacher said.

Before the finals, regional rounds of the competition were held in Port Elizabeth in May.

This is where schools from all over the province went to perform, hoping to make it to the nationals.

Only 11 schools were awarded with gold awards.

But of the 11 schools, only one high school and one primary school were chosen to go through to the nationals.

Stirling came tops and earned the right to go to Pretoria last week.

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