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Eastern Cape Children’s Choir (ECCC) PDF Print E-mail
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Established in 1982, the Eastern Cape Children’s Choir (ECCC) has provided hundreds of talented children between the ages of 11 and 15 with the opportunity to perform musically and technically challenging music on a variety of stages, both nationally and internationally.

Under the directorship of Lionel van Zyl (conductor since 1986) the choir has not only undertaken nine successful international concert tours, performing in many of Europe’s most beautiful cathedrals  and concert halls, but is also regarded as an important event on the local music calendar, where they perform regularly. Performances are often shared with international children’s and youth choirs of high calibre such as the Mainzer Dom Boys' and Girls' Choir and the Halle Children’s Choir, as well as with South African Choirs such as the Tygerberg Children’s Choir and the NMMU Chorale. Visitors are usually hosted by the ECCC choristers.

While accomplished performers of a cappella  music, the children’s musical experience is further enriched through performing with a variety of orchestras, such as the CAPAB and East Cape Philharmonic, musical ensembles from harp to French horns, as well as soloists.

The choir has appeared on local and international television a number of times and their seventh CD is due for release shortly.

During the choir’s 2008 tour to Germany, Finland and Estonia, the value of having a dedicated feeder choir for the ECCC was again highlighted and the decision made to start a Young Children’s Choir.

Led by well-known local musician and music teacher Hanlie Young, and supported by Lionel van Zyl as musical director, the Eastern Cape junior Children’s Choir is set to be a valuable addition to the ECCC in 2009 and beyond. Children who are too young for the ECCC (7-10 years of age) are taught proper voice habits and choir and concert etiquette in a friendly environment, preparing them for the more exacting demands of the ECCC and thereby allowing the ECCC to achieve even higher standards.

Contact Details:

Province: Eastern Cape

City: Port Elizabeth

Category: Choirs

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Contact: Chairperson, Susan Coetzer: 082 781 2428

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