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Choir

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There are two choirs in the school catering for a diversity of interests.

The main School Choir comprising about 60 learners plays a leading role in school ceremonies and participates in festivals, concerts and competitions. Their repertoire is wide and ranges from difficult and challenging classical works to popular songs and songs from musicals.

In 2017, the choir under the new directorship of Johan Bester participated in the thought-provoking stage production Listen which was written and directed in house by Ms Pugin. The choir together with an instrument ensemble made up of Jeppe staff, learners and old girls supported the cast throughout which made the four performances highly impactful and quite unforgettable. In May, the choir also took part in the Megafest of Choirs in Rhoodepoort. The girls shared the stage with 20 other Gauteng choirs in a week long celebration of choral music.

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They are seen above where they performed at the Ruth First Fundraising Fiesta at the Linder Auditorium on 31 August 2017 together with a full orchestra. The choir is directed by Mr Johan Bester and is accompanied by Dr Kruger, Miss  Conradie and Miss Venter.

The choir held auditions for 2018 in October 2017 and had a rehearsal workshop in November and will have another in January. The choir will be participating in the 10th World Choir games which we first attended in 2008. The Games are to be held in the City of Tshwane.

The second choir is a traditional voice ensemble called Hlabelela which means “to lead with the voice”. Hlabelela sing African music and broaden their knowledge of the language and cultures of South Africa. They are assisted by Mr Bhulana and are seen here performing at the school’s Fun Run and Market Day.

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Five Hlabelela singers auditioned and were selected to be part of the major school production, Listen. Wande Nduna, Minenhle Makhubu, Bronwyn Geen, Nandi Zulu and Sumaiya Cotwal all played lead acting and singing roles in the production. The girls also got involved in the play produced for the EADS competition as it was written and directed by Zakithi Khulu. The play received the adjudicators’ special award for Hlabelela’s involvement.

The following girls were recognized in 2017 for their contribution to the choir:

Full Colours (Re-Award) – Moratiwa Malatje and Lesego Molefe

Full Colours (New) – Linaé Baron, Thato Mokgothu, Nthato Molefe, Lungile Mvelase, Mpho Mvelase, Daniella Owiredu, Danielle Owiredu

Half Colours (New) – Buhle Dube, Thando Dube, Tiffany Harzon, Tsakani Mhlanga, Demi Van Waardhuizen

Merit AwardZakithi Khulu

Team – Linaé Baron, Buhle Dube, Zakithi Khulu, Moratiwa Malatjie, Lerato Maphela, Thato Mokgothu, Lesego Molefe, Nthato Molefe, Lungile Mvelase, Mpho Mvelase, Daniella Owiredu, Danielle Owiredu, Maya Oliver and Nqobile Xulu

Choir Leaders 2018

Head Chorister : Tiffany Harzon

Deputy Head Choristers: Sinqobile Mbutho, Tsakani Mhlanga, Mqondiso Mquqo and Demi van Waardhuizen

 

Hlabelela Leaders 2018

Head: Minenhle Makhubu

Deputy Head: Bronwyn Geen

Secretary: Mqondiso Mquqo

The Experience of a lifetime

Jeppe High School for Girls brought home 2 silver medals from the 5th World Choir Games which  took place in Austria in 2008.

The Jeppe choir took part in two categories – Popular Choral Music (Open) with 20 other choirs and Gospel and Spiritual (Open) with 16 other choirs. They were selected to go through to the final round for both categories and performed in the finals on Friday 11 July and at midnight on Saturday 12 July.

The results of the Games were announced at a huge prize-giving ceremony at midday on Sunday 13 July in an indoor theatre that was larger than a soccer stadium. Most of the choirs that had participated attended the ceremony in their national dress and were bearing their national flags. It was a wonderful experience. The certificates for each category were awarded first and then the medals: bronze, silver and gold. After cheering heartily for our fellow South Africans and choirs we had met on the tour, the Jeppe contingent awaited the results of their categories with bated breath. The competition was really stiff and the excitement mounted as the choirs who had been awarded certificates were announced and then those that had won bronze medals and Jeppe’s name still hadn’t been called out. When Jeppe Girls was awarded silver, the learners and staff alike leapt to their feet with ecstatic cheering.

 “I am really thrilled with our results” said Mrs Morrick. “We were honoured to be invited to participate in the games and were incredibly excited when we qualified in not one category, but two. I would have been happy with one bronze medal, but two silvers! I’m ecstatic! As first time participants, we have done ourselves and our country proud. Our girls worked extremely hard and they deserve this honour. Bravissima!

The South African choirs attending the games did exceptionally well, winning more gold medals than any other country (15 out of the 74 gold medals that were awarded) and numerous silver medals. Ms Slabber, Headmistress at the time, had this to say: “What a wonderful experience for Jeppe Girls to be able to compete against the best choirs in the world. The fact that the choir received two silver medals for the first time they participated in the games is quite an achievement at this level of competition. The girls also participated in a friendly concert that took place in Haüplatz – in the middle of the city and drew the biggest crowd of all the choirs that participated. It was an amazing experience for everyone. Well done and congratulations to all involved.”