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Choir Gold at ATKV

BY Busi Rooibard

Busisiwe Rooibaard provided this excellent report on Riebeek's choir success: Vincent Lombardi once said," The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."

Every choir girl will relate to this quote. We've been working since December 2014 in preparation for those precious few moments on the ATKV stage. However, nothing can prepare you for the surge of nerves that shoots through your body when you take that first step into the stage or that first breath before the first note of the first song. The thrill of performing for huge crowds is something that we all love and can never get use to.

I have witnessed the Riebeek Choir really struggle through some terrible practises where we all felt like giving up, but we came together wonderfully and sang out hearts out for everyone. For us, winning the Best African Song Award and coming third place are definitely achievements worthy of bragging about!

The Senior Choir performed in the Less Experienced Non-Afrikaans Home Language - Girls category with two other choirs, namely St Michaels Girls' High School (the winners of the night) and The High School for Girls Potchefstroom. We performed last on the programme and sang four songs, which included the prescribed piece 'Ek Dink Aan Jou'. The other three songs were My Soul's Been Anchored In The Lord, Pleidooi Vir Afrika and the Xhosa song, Hiyo Le.

Highlights for the evening were definitely watching the very talented primary schools perform and getting interview and recorded by the SABC News.

To end off on a sad note, this was Mrs Zietsmann's last ATKV performance with the Riebeek Senior Choir and we hope to have made her proud. Although we're not saying goodbye yet, we must thank her for all her hard work- She is truly an amazing woman. Also, Thank you to Mr Tim O'reilly for all your positivity- especially during tough practise sessions.

Thank you to Mrs Mapoma, Mr Jonas, Mrs Snyman and Mr and Mrs Metcalf for accompanying and supporting us.

 August 07, 2015
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