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Cantare Childrens Choir

The Future Sounds Good

Currently 265 choristers are part of our organisation. 79% of these choristers come from previous disadvantaged areas and participate in our development programme.. We believe that we are the largest organisation of this kind in South Africa. 

Annually 48 of the most talented choristers from the 4 development choirs are selected for the Cantare and Harmonia choirs. International tours include Germany, Singapore, China, Austria, the United Kingdom, Slovakia and, most recently, Spain.The Cantare Choir has shared the stage with choirs like the Drakensberg Boys' Choir, Copenhagen Boy's Choir, Ratcliffe Choral Society, Harvard Ladies Choir, Swiss Girls’ Choir from Winterthur, Colorado CC, Miami CC, Cantate Chamber Choir, Colla Voce, East Rand Youth Choir, Ekurhuleni Youth Choir (Now the Manzi Youth Choir), the UP Youth Choir and various children's choirs that include Pretoria, Jacaranda, East Rand, West Rand, Ekurhuleni and Kimberley CC. 

The Cantare Choir has performed with acclaimed artists and groups like Andre Schwartz, Cutt Glas, Flip a Coin, Overtone, Navi Redd, Rina Hugo, Manuel Escorsio, Jannie du Toit, Nianell, Jak de Priester, Juanita du Plessis, Coenie de Villiers, Heinz Winkler, Anke and Jodan, Anaïs, Jannie Moolman, Coert Grobbelaar and  Joshua na die Reën. Elvis Blue

Teach In Harmony 

In its 24 years of existence the Cantare Choir has been recognised nationally and internationally for its contribution to the art of choral music, its outstanding sound quality, as well as the choristers' high level of discipline. By partaking in an acclaimed international choir, the young members develop outstanding social skills and self esteem in a fun but disciplined environment. They build lifetime friendships and achieve academically.Its outreach programme with 3 development choirs in Thokoza, Katlehong and Tembisa was initiated in 2004 with a sponsorship from the NLDTF.   In 2015 the Soweto Sweet Voices joined the Cantare family.The choirs consist of children aged between 9 and 19 from various schools in the Southern Gauteng District and Greater Ekurhuleni.. The choirs are selected from 49 different schools/  The junior choir, namely Dulcet Voices Choir, is situated in Alberton. Children from the ages 5 – 10 years are trained in musical skills using the Kodály teaching method. 

The First Note

The choir was founded in 1995 by Ida Strydom in conjunction with the former SouthernTransvaal Education Department.  The Cantare choir has excelled as one of the best children’s choirs in South Africa and has given joy to thousands of listeners globally and  served as a means of expression to hundreds of choristers across the spectrum of young South Africans.  It has been a way of uniting the youth of the Southern Gauteng Region and Greater Ekurhuleni MM across cultural barriers, racial stereotypes and social divides.

The choir was privatised and funded itself through concerts, fundraising and membership fees. The choir organisation enriched the lives of many children who all set out to do what the Italian word Cantare means: To sing!The Cantare Board carries the responsibility for administration, finances, fundraising, marketing, tours and concerts in conjunction with the artistic director.


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