July 18, 2011
“The last concert of the tour took place at the JL Zwane Training & Development Centre (Gugulethu, Cape Town) and featured a joint concert with the Fezeka Choir. The Fezeka Choir is a high school choir, and the concert was supported by many community friends and family. The choirs had spent the afternoon practising together and shared a meal prior to the concert. Many email addresses were exchanged following the concert – evidence good friendships had been established. The concert was full of energy and diverse styles of music, and for many of the SCC choristers, was a tearful event given it was the last concert they would be participating in as a SCC chorister. Approximately 14 choristers – many of whom have been with the choir for up to 8 years – have reached the end of their career with the SCC.
“The final day of the tour was a time for the SCC choristers to relax, enjoy the wonders Cape Town offers including penguins, seals, local craft markets and stunning views. The final evening meal centered around a 16-course African meal where dishes from various regions of Africa were featured. In addition to the delicious food and African entertainment, this evening was also an opportunity for the SCC choristers to say their thanks to the many people who supported all aspects of their tour. They did this through very creative musical and poetic presentations, leaving them and those who have accompanied the tour in tears and laughter. This has been a rich experience for all.
“I presented the Choir with a Certificate of Appreciation for the work the SCC did in partnership with CLWR`s We Care Program to address the needs of people suffering from HIV/AIDS in this region. Rev Mathe, Executive Secretary of LUCSA was also in attendance to add his words of appreciation and good wishes to the SCC Choir, highlighting the value the commodities shipment and kits provided through the Choir will be to the benefactors.
“We begin our journey home today…” – Irma