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.

 
 

 

On Tuesday 4 May 2010, SCCC made history in George by hosting the annual production of MUSIC MONTAGE, with guest artist Danie Niehaus, accompanied by the South Cape Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jan-Erik Swart. This event was such a success that it was broadcast on national TV news and radio!

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 7 August 2010, the SCCC participated for the first time in the IHLOMBE! International Choral Festival, which was presented at die University of the Western-Cape. International choral groups showered the SCCC with accolades!
One of the choristers of the SCCC,  Throy Peterson (a Grade 11 learner from York High School) made history in the choir by becoming its accompanist in 2011. Throy served in this capacity until the end of 2012, and has since begun studying music at Stellenbosch University.

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.
 
On Tuesday 5 April 2011, the SCCC celebrated the 200-year celebration of the founding of George, with a combined concert featuring the Musica Mundi 2010 world champions, the Tygerberg Children's Choir, directed by Hendrick Loock. This function was the first time ever that the two choirs performed together and was broadcast live on Eden FM. The concert was opened by the acting mayor of George, Counsellor Esau.
The SCCC celebrated its 15th year of existence in 2011, by hosting its first reunion concert.  On 16 July 2011  "SCCC and Friends - Night with the Stars" featuring Lesley-Rae Dowling, Petronel Baard, Innes and Greta Benade, Michael Lindt, Voldi George, Gerda Kinsey, Anton Gemmer, LeRoy Botha, Rouge and Appassionata, as well as a festival choir of past members. The MC was well-known TV personality, Ellen Erasmus-Morton.

Anne Swart, Louisa Lotz, Adv. Tinus Lotz, Andries van Schalkwyk, Freude and Dries du Toit during die 15-Year Reunion Concert.

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.
Our choir was also the first international group to perform in the newly-renovated Aachen Cathedral, which is 1200 years old, and contains the sarcophagus of Charlemagne, the Great. The restoration took 25 years to complete!

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 2013, the SCCC was awarded  the highly-sought-after KKNK "Kanna" Prize for best musical production with Chris Chameleon! It performed the Benjamin Britten Ceremony of Carols for the bicentennial celebrations of the Dutch Reformed Mother Church, George.


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!

During 2014 the SCCC also won the ATKV Animato International Choral Competition with the following accolades: best overall choir of the competition; best prescribed Afrikaans work; best Ethnic-African work; best contemporary SA Composer; Best Romantic Classical Work and best contemporary classical work.
 
During 2015, the SCCC won a regional GOLD at the ATKV Animato competition, entitling it to take part at the finals, and was invited to close the 2015 Klein Karoo Klassique, with its own production, "Suid-Afrika in Refrein!" with Jannie Moolman, Loveline Maodumo, Dalene Brits (piano) and Olga Schoeman (harp.)
 

In April/May 2016, the SCCC won 1st Place (cum laude) at the 64th European Music festival for Young People, in Neerpelt, Belgium!