University of the Free State
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The University of the Free State Choir sang their hearts out at their European Choir Games’ debut. Needless to say, these rookies did wonderfully; winning two categories!


Norrköping, Sweden (14 November 2023) — The University of the Free State Choir recently brought pride home to choir enthusiasts across South Africa thanks to two erupting wins against some of the world’s fiercest and most experienced choirs.

At Interkultur’s 5th European Choir Games competition in Sweden, the University of the Free State Choir held their own, despite ‘joining as underdogs’ as the University of the Free State shared their admirable progress.

From their stellar performance in the Open Competition, they made it to the Grand Prix of Nations—a prestigious honour for the Choir on their come-up journey.

The choir won two categories in the Open Competition as conducted by Werner Stander: ‘Gospel, Spiritual, Music of Spirit and Faith’ and Folklore a cappella’.

These achievements are even more noteworthy when considering that this was the choir’s debut performance at the European Choir Games.

Before touching down in Sweden, choirmaster Werner Stander shared that he believed the experience would change the lives of all the participants.

“To get a sense of international standards and see nations coming together to sing will build confidence and establish lifelong friendships,”he added.

Adding to the above two wins, it’s safe to say that this experience will certainly be remembered as a great joy and celebration.

Sources: University of the Free State; Interkultur
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