Pitch-perfect choirs

Kuisebmond takes top honours again

11 June 2019 | Education

Michelline Nawatises

Choirs battled it out on 4 June at Maerua Mall in Windhoek, as Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) hosted the Chamber of Choirs competition together with the Miss High School pageant.

There were five choirs that participated - Kuisebmond Secondary School, Jan Jonker Secondary School, Hage Geingob High School, Academia High School and Swakopmund Secondary School.

Kuisebmond scooped the win, while Jan Jonker Afrikaner took second place and Swakopmund the bronze.

The choirs were judged according to choir etiquette and stage presence, intonation, diction, technique and accuracy, musicality, interpretation and creativity.

The Kuisebmond Secondary School choir, based in Walvis Bay, made their first debut at the Hashtag Festival Chamber Choir Competition in 2017 and also brought home the sought-after title.

This year’s competition welcomed new talents from across the country.

Given Gowaseb, a teacher and choirmaster Kuisebmond Secondary School, said the choir is no stranger to competitions.

“We have participated in various local competitions, as well as at the annual ATKV-Applous competition.”

The choir practices twice a week and increased their rehearsals to make sure they gave their all. According to Gowaseb, the choir was well-prepared and chose only the best learners from the school to take part.

“For every position in the choir we made sure that we took the best learners to perform. We also made sure that we chose the right songs to sing and I believe that is the reason why we were the most successful choir at the end of the day.”

According to the project coordinator of the Hashtag Festival, Octavia Tsibes, the aim of the event is to bring sport and education together. " It was resounding success to bring the concept edutainment to life. We hope to see more schools join us next year," she said.