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About Cape Town Youth Choir

Our Story: In 1997 the Pro Cantu Youth Choir was founded by well-known South African conductor Andre van der Merwe. The choir was based in Durbanville and consisted mainly of high school learners. Under his direction it quickly gained a reputation for excellence with a particular highlight being awarded the title “Choir of the World” at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales in 2002. At the end of 2003 Leon Starker was appointed as the new choir director. The following year the choir undertook a concert tour of Namibia and in 2006 they participated in the World Games in Xiamen, China, winning two gold medals. In January 2008 the choir had the honour of performing Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man, a Mass for Peace in Carnegie Hall, New York. In July of the same year they traveled to Graz, Austria where they participated in the 5th World Choir Games, again being awarded two gold medals. The also received the title “Champion of the World Choir Games” for winning the the Musica Sacra category. A highlight of 2009 was the South African premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Passio (St John Passion) which was performed in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Oudtshoorn. In August 2010 the choir performed Rachmaninof’s All-Night Vigil, again in Cape Town and Stellenbosch. What made this performance special was that the work was sung in Afrikaans! In 2011 CTYC traveled to England and Europe with concerts in Salisbury Cathedral, St Paul’s cathedral and Londerzeel (Belgium). They participated in the Grand Prix for Choral Music in Graz and came home with two gold medals. In 2014, the choir had a memorable tour to Europe with concerts in Hamburg, Berlin, Prague, Bratislava and Riga. A very special memory for choir members is the visit to Auschwitz. They participated in the Bratislava International Music Festival and Competition and won three categories as well as the “Grand Prix” award for the best choir of the festival. They then moved on to the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia where they won gold medals in the Youth Choir and Musica Sacra categories. 2015 saw CTYC’s first performance of Handel’s Messiah. This formed part of the 350-year birthday celebrations of the Groote Kerk in Cape Town. A documentary movie of the rehearsals and performance called Finding Messiah, was made by Hollywood producer D David Morin. The movie is available for download from iTunes. In 2016, CTYC take on the challenge of performing Rachmaninoff's "All Night Vigil" again - this time in the original text of the Russian Orthodox Church Slavonic, which was performed at the Stellenbosch Woordfees, at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium and Bishops Chapel in Cape Town. Repertoire & Recordings: Ranging from Renaissance compositions, to international and African folk songs, to contemporary choral music; the repertoire of the Cape Town Youth Choir is distinct in its variety. While we regularly perform pieces from across the globe, we have also had the pleasure of showcasing the works of many accomplished Southern African composers such as Péter Louis van Dijk, Mzilikazi Khumalo, Hendrik Hofmeyr, Sidumo Jacobs, Peter Klatzow, Mokoale Koapeng, Hans Roosenschoon, Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, Conrad Asman, Simon Bethell and Roelof Temmingh. Over the years, the Cape Town Youth Choir has released several CDs; the most recent of which are available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/za/artist/cape-town-youth-choir/id603615423): ~ Magic Songs (2002) ~ Precious Lord (2004) ~ Lux Aurumque (2006) ~ Far Horizons (2008) ~ Forever Young (2012) ~ Chariots (2014) ~ Finding Messiah soundtrack (2015) Additionally, in 2011 the Cape Town Youth Choir recorded music for the soundtrack of a scene in the BBC2 mini-series, Labyrinth. Several choir members also appeared as extras in the scene. Delivering moving musical experiences to our audiences, at home in South Africa and abroad, since 1997. www.ctyc.co.za
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Genres:
Choral, Classical
Band Members:
Kate Farquharson, Sandile Zakwe, Etienne Raubenheimer, Chloe McKellar, Nicole de Oliveira, Melissa Hess, Leon originally attended Stellenbosch University where he completed a B.Sc degree as well as the Higher Education Diploma. During his time there, Kristen Wepener, Byron Milton, Lauren Patterson, Marga Roloff, Leon Starker is a conductor from Cape Town, Khaya Mxenge, Elana Benghiat, Johannes van Zyl, Denise Onen, as well as an adjudicator at national eisteddfods and competitions., Sarah Melville, he studied singing with Prof. George van der Spuy and sang in the Stellenbosch University Choir., Wanzenburg van Wyk, Nicolaas van der Westhuizen, Shadwell Overmeyer, Stefan Greeff, Mulalo Mphaphuli, Carrie Milton, Atticus Lardner-Burke, Nduduzo Mkhize, Malaika Motlana, Xanthe Lardner-Burke, Leon Starker, Jonathan Henderson, South Africa. He often appears as a clinician at workshops and seminars, Caitlin MacDonald, Mikhaila Smith, Jabulani Nyathi, Leon's day job is IT Manager for Vunani Fund Managers in Newlands. He is married to Louise and they have three daughters., Kyle Rother, Finn Lewis, Kelly Cupido, Leon currently conducts two choirs, Evan Williams, Estelle Roux, Markus Booysen, Kevin Maseko, namely: Cape Town Youth Choir . He is a part time lecturer in choral conducting at the UCT College of Music.
Hometown:
Cape Town, South Africa

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About Cape Town Youth Choir

Our Story: In 1997 the Pro Cantu Youth Choir was founded by well-known South African conductor Andre van der Merwe. The choir was based in Durbanville and consisted mainly of high school learners. Under his direction it quickly gained a reputation for excellence with a particular highlight being awarded the title “Choir of the World” at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales in 2002. At the end of 2003 Leon Starker was appointed as the new choir director. The following year the choir undertook a concert tour of Namibia and in 2006 they participated in the World Games in Xiamen, China, winning two gold medals. In January 2008 the choir had the honour of performing Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man, a Mass for Peace in Carnegie Hall, New York. In July of the same year they traveled to Graz, Austria where they participated in the 5th World Choir Games, again being awarded two gold medals. The also received the title “Champion of the World Choir Games” for winning the the Musica Sacra category. A highlight of 2009 was the South African premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Passio (St John Passion) which was performed in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Oudtshoorn. In August 2010 the choir performed Rachmaninof’s All-Night Vigil, again in Cape Town and Stellenbosch. What made this performance special was that the work was sung in Afrikaans! In 2011 CTYC traveled to England and Europe with concerts in Salisbury Cathedral, St Paul’s cathedral and Londerzeel (Belgium). They participated in the Grand Prix for Choral Music in Graz and came home with two gold medals. In 2014, the choir had a memorable tour to Europe with concerts in Hamburg, Berlin, Prague, Bratislava and Riga. A very special memory for choir members is the visit to Auschwitz. They participated in the Bratislava International Music Festival and Competition and won three categories as well as the “Grand Prix” award for the best choir of the festival. They then moved on to the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia where they won gold medals in the Youth Choir and Musica Sacra categories. 2015 saw CTYC’s first performance of Handel’s Messiah. This formed part of the 350-year birthday celebrations of the Groote Kerk in Cape Town. A documentary movie of the rehearsals and performance called Finding Messiah, was made by Hollywood producer D David Morin. The movie is available for download from iTunes. In 2016, CTYC take on the challenge of performing Rachmaninoff's "All Night Vigil" again - this time in the original text of the Russian Orthodox Church Slavonic, which was performed at the Stellenbosch Woordfees, at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium and Bishops Chapel in Cape Town. Repertoire & Recordings: Ranging from Renaissance compositions, to international and African folk songs, to contemporary choral music; the repertoire of the Cape Town Youth Choir is distinct in its variety. While we regularly perform pieces from across the globe, we have also had the pleasure of showcasing the works of many accomplished Southern African composers such as Péter Louis van Dijk, Mzilikazi Khumalo, Hendrik Hofmeyr, Sidumo Jacobs, Peter Klatzow, Mokoale Koapeng, Hans Roosenschoon, Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, Conrad Asman, Simon Bethell and Roelof Temmingh. Over the years, the Cape Town Youth Choir has released several CDs; the most recent of which are available on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/za/artist/cape-town-youth-choir/id603615423): ~ Magic Songs (2002) ~ Precious Lord (2004) ~ Lux Aurumque (2006) ~ Far Horizons (2008) ~ Forever Young (2012) ~ Chariots (2014) ~ Finding Messiah soundtrack (2015) Additionally, in 2011 the Cape Town Youth Choir recorded music for the soundtrack of a scene in the BBC2 mini-series, Labyrinth. Several choir members also appeared as extras in the scene. Delivering moving musical experiences to our audiences, at home in South Africa and abroad, since 1997. www.ctyc.co.za
Show More
Genres:
Choral, Classical
Band Members:
Kate Farquharson, Sandile Zakwe, Etienne Raubenheimer, Chloe McKellar, Nicole de Oliveira, Melissa Hess, Leon originally attended Stellenbosch University where he completed a B.Sc degree as well as the Higher Education Diploma. During his time there, Kristen Wepener, Byron Milton, Lauren Patterson, Marga Roloff, Leon Starker is a conductor from Cape Town, Khaya Mxenge, Elana Benghiat, Johannes van Zyl, Denise Onen, as well as an adjudicator at national eisteddfods and competitions., Sarah Melville, he studied singing with Prof. George van der Spuy and sang in the Stellenbosch University Choir., Wanzenburg van Wyk, Nicolaas van der Westhuizen, Shadwell Overmeyer, Stefan Greeff, Mulalo Mphaphuli, Carrie Milton, Atticus Lardner-Burke, Nduduzo Mkhize, Malaika Motlana, Xanthe Lardner-Burke, Leon Starker, Jonathan Henderson, South Africa. He often appears as a clinician at workshops and seminars, Caitlin MacDonald, Mikhaila Smith, Jabulani Nyathi, Leon's day job is IT Manager for Vunani Fund Managers in Newlands. He is married to Louise and they have three daughters., Kyle Rother, Finn Lewis, Kelly Cupido, Leon currently conducts two choirs, Evan Williams, Estelle Roux, Markus Booysen, Kevin Maseko, namely: Cape Town Youth Choir . He is a part time lecturer in choral conducting at the UCT College of Music.
Hometown:
Cape Town, South Africa

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