ARTvokal - COTA Youth Choir Namibia

Nach dem der Neue Kammerchor Heidenheim auf seiner Konzertreise durch Südafrika und Namibia 2014 zu Gast war beim COTA Youth Choir Namibia freuen sich die jugendlichen Sängerinnen und Sänger auf den Gegenbesuch im Dezember.

Von Do 8. - So. 11. Dezember werden 52 Sängerinnen und Sänger aus Windhoek unsere Gäste sein.

COTA Youth Choir Namibia is a dynamic group of young singers from Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, and surrounding area. Their repertoire includes Western, classical and African music. The choir is under the leadership of Fanie Dorfling.

“The COTA Youth Choir, being composed of learners from various secondary schools in Windhoek, is regarded as being truly representative of the wide cultural diversity in Namibia. What immediately strikes one upon meeting with the choir leader, Mr. Fanie Dorfling, and listening to the choir members, is the spontaneous sharing of not only their cultural heritage, but also the joy of singing and especially, the joy of singing together in a heart-warming, skin-prickling encompassing wave of sound. Their willingness to perform at diverse areas of events - from diplomatic functions to school- and church events, demonstrates their keenness to reach out and embrace the Namibian society at large. Their behaviour in public has been exemplary and demonstrates a true reflection of their seriousness to present themselves in a category of the highest recommendation.” The COTA Youth Choir performed at various College Of The Arts functions, as guest choir at choral festivals and on invitation at various functions of the government of Namibia during 2005/06, at functions for the Government and at functions for the American Embassy, Spanish Embassy and French Embassy. They performed with the Boland College Choir and East Rand Youth Orchestra from South Africa. The choir performed at the prestigious Concerto Festival with an invited symphony orchestra. Furthermore the choir performed during a Mozart Festival in 2006 and performed at various churches in Windhoek. They performed with the Windhoek Symphony Orchestra during the Christmas Concert 2006 of the College Of The Arts. They were instrumental in assistance when the World Youth Choir visited Namibia and attended a workshop presented by this renowned choir. They performed with a great number of choirs visiting form overseas, as well as South Africa. Highlights include a performance of the complete Gabriel Faure Requiem with the Bremen University Choir, a combine concert with the Dresden Philharmonic Youth Choir, The Lion’s Roar: a musical about Jackson Kaujeua’s live together with the Happy Disharmonist form Berlin, Happy Beat: a musical written for the College of the Arts and the highly acclaimed musical for Independence in 2010. The choir performs at churches in the community in Windhoek. We give approximately 15 concerts a year. We performed at Swakopmund, Otjiwarongo and Tsumeb in the past. The choir performed as demonstration choir at various functions. They toured to South Africa in 2008 to take part in a choral festival in Pretoria to high acclaim, and performed in Johannesburg and Lady Brandt as well and recorded their first CD. In 2009, as a very young choir, we managed to come third in the Namibian National Coral Festival against well-established choirs. In 2010, the choir became the first choir from Namibia to represent our country at the ATKV Animato Choir Competition Finals in Pretoria against choirs from all over South Africa. They returned victoriously as the winning choir of the competition, as well as Best Youth Choir and Best African Song performed. In 2011, they again represent Namibia in the ATKV Animato Choir competition. The choir came second overall and received the price for the Best Prescribed Song. They also performed on invitation with Jannie Moolman, Lize Beeckman and Tobie Jooste in Windhoek. They released their second CD December 2011. The choir again received Gold on 9 June 2012 in the Animato Regional and represented Namibia in September 2012 in South Africa. COTA visited the Bach Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany in 2012 and the two choirs performed Bach and Namibian Traditional music together. During the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati USA, COTA received 2 Gold Awards, one each for the respective categories that they performed in: Mixed Youth Choirs and Folk. In the finale of the 2012 International Animato Competition in Cape Town, South Africa they received the prize for Best Contemporary Song. The COTA Youth Choir’s repertoire includes Western music, both light and classical; contemporary choral music and traditional African and Namibian music. 2013's highlight was the choir's performance of the complete Bach Cantata nr 4 with the Windhoek Philharmonic Orchestra. We toured Europe in June 2014, on our way to the 2014 World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. We performed in Bulgaria and Sweden before visiting Riga. During 2014 WCG in Riga the choir received three Gold Medals in the Championship for Scenic Folklore, Musica Sacra and Spiritual Categories, as well as silver in the Mixed Youth Choir Category.

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