Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) will be hosting over 1500 choir members from the 18 to 20th October 2013, when the O R Tambo Choral Festival takes place at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton. Ruth Rala, Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Metro Choral Association says, “We are so excited to gather with the same passions and goals to show NMB what the choral festival is all about and the positive influence it can have on young and old”.
As Port Elizabeth, during 2013, celebrates 100 years since being declared a city the 10th Annual Provincial Choral Festival will take place in Nelson Mandela Bay as part of PE’s Centenary calendar of events.
Seven districts have multiple teams as finalists in the various categories. The districts represented are Alfred Nzo District, Amatole district, Cacadu District, Chris Hani District, Joe Gqabi District, Nelson Mandela Bay District and O R Tambo District. Taking place at the beginning of September each year, the Festival inaugurates the new musical season with a series of district Municipalities eliminations, while creating opportunities for choirs to meet and fraternize.
The annual event is named after Oliver Tambo who was a South African anti-apartheid politician and a central figure in the African National Congress (ANC). Apart from participating in football, tennis and cricket at St Peter’s, he was also a member of the school’s choir. Prior to becoming an advocate, he’d harboured a desire to enter the Priesthood and was a choral conductor and composer.