History Of The Sccc: 2010 - 2016
A second, more informal performance logo, representing the vibrant, dynamic character of the choir, was designed by Jolandi van Aswegen and implemented in 2007 until 2017.
The SCCC Anthem was written by Jan-Erik and Louise Swart, and is usually sung at the close of every concert.
On Friday 9 March 2007, the SCCC held its debut concert under the direction of Jan-Erik Swart, in the George Arts Theatre. The accompanist was Yolandi Wiese.
During August 2007 the SCCC recorded its first dvd, "Oceano", which was filmed in the most beautiful scenic areas of the Eden district of the Garden Route of South Africa.
Gifted concert pianist, Olive Sandilands, accompanied the choir in September 2007 for their European concert tour of Switzerland and Germany, where the choir was overwhelmingly applauded with standing ovations everywhere it went. Olive accompanied the choir until 2011.
Olive Sandilands (l) with Sandra Nel, opera singer.
In 2008, the Choir participated in its first competition (the ATKV ANIMATO regional choral competition in Port Elizabeth), winning Gold.
Pieter Pepler chaired the management of the choir from 2009 to 2011.
Jan-Erik Swart with Adv Tinus Lotz, Louisa Lotz, Pieter Pepler and Larita Pepler at the 20 year reunion of the SCCC, held in the George Civic Centre in 2016.
On 23 July 2010, the SCCC won the ATKV Animato National Competition at the Z.K. Matthews Great Hall, UNISA, Pretoria:
- Cantus Maluti Trophy - Best Children's Choir (National)
- Best Prescribed work
- Gold Award - Best Programme.
Dr Danny Titus, head of the ATKV, hands the winner's trophy and certificates to conductor, Jan-Erik Swart.
On 3 April, 2011, the SCCC performed as guest choir for the opening service of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK).
Founding members of the South Cape Music Academy/SCCC, Dr Dries du Toit (principal Vryburg High School) and Freude du Toit with conductor, Jan-Erik Swart.
The SCCC also undertook its 5th European concert tour of Germany, Switzerland and Belgium (1-15 October 2011) sharing the stage with famous international artist Dana Winner.
The SCCC took leave of Anne Swart, the Choir's International Tour Coordinator, in 2011. Anne was involved with the SCCC and organised every Eurotour since its founding!
During 2012, the SCCC achieved its eighth gold award at the ATKV Animato Final, held in Cape Town, and presented its own concert series at the 2012 ABSA KKNK! The year ended with another first! SCCC presented Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, with Amarillie Ackerman on harp, followed by a bumper prizegiving function.
In 2014, the SCCC participated in the ATKV "AMEN" production at the KKNK and participated in the 8th World Choir Games, winning the "Musica Sacra with Accompaniment" Open category, coming 2nd in the "Children's Choir" Category and coming 4th in the "Ethnic" category of the World Choir Games, Riga Latvia!
In April/May 2016, the SCCC won 1st Place (cum laude) at the 64th European Music festival for Young People, in Neerpelt, Belgium!
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