Choir Auditions for 2017/2018 Choir
The time has come!
Tuks Camerata will be having our auditions from 5-9 June!
If you have a passion for singing and camaraderie, come and sign up!
Please note that the June auditions are only for students who are currently at the University of Pretoria, as our new choir year will start in August 2017. Those who aer not yet at the University of Pretoria will be given opportunity to audition later on in this year for the 2018 choir.
We hope to see you there!
"Sing with the heart, sing with the mouth, sing with life!"
Where Africa Meets The West
20 April 19:30 - Musaion
After the great sucess of "Champions of Song", thanks to you, our loyal supporters, we are proud to announce our next concert for the year: "Where Africa meets the West".
The concert juxtaposes the diversity and tapestry that is so uniquely South African. From the Western idiom of music by Hofmeyr, Temming, van der Watt and Barrett, to the authentic songs and dances of traditional Africa, this is one concert that is for all South Africans.
The Tuks Camerata is also privileged to host the international guest conductor, Prof Cameron LaBarr from the USA, and audience members will delight in his contribution to American songs.
Get your tickets today:
Champions of Song - Concert with Akustika
30 March 19:00 - University of Pretoria, Musaion
Join two internationally acclaimed choirs as they present a program of choral music that will inspire and excite. These two ensembles are well known for their ability to perform music from all composers, all countries and all styles. Composers include Bruckner, Esenvalds, Hofmeyr, Runestad, Temmingh, and a variety of classical, contemporary and South African favourites will be of the program. This is a performance presented by two giants of choral music and should not be missed.
Hostel Concert at Magrietjie
On 14 March we had our first hostel concert for the year at the Magrietjie residence. What a great evening!! Thank you Huis Magrietjie for having us!
UP Four Choirs Concert
26 March 16:00 - University of Pretoria, Musaion
- UP Youth Choir
- Jacaranda Children's Choir
- Onderstepoort Community Choir
- UP Camerata
Make sure you get your tickets for this spectacular show today! We cannot wait to see you there!
CD Love & War on iTunes
To all our loyal supporters.
We are happy to inform you that our latest album Love + War is now available on iTunes.
Thank you for your support, we hope you enjoy the album as much as we do!
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Every three years, 24 choirs across the globe are invited to participate in the world's largest international conference for choirs.
In July 2017, the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music will take place in Barcelona, Spain and our choir will represent not only our University and country, but the entire African Continent.
Tuks Camerata has an "all for one, one for all" policy and believe that such tours are for all choristers. We do not leave members behind as the Tuks Camerata is an organization for all students.
In order for us to make this trip a reality, we have launched the "Send us to Spain Campaign". Family, friends, alumni, companies, sponsors and all who believe in the power of choral singing can assist in getting us all there by donating to our tour fund.
No amount is too small, so we encourage you to help is with this worthy cause.
To donate please follow the link below:
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In July 2017, the University of Pretoria Camerata will travel to Riga, Latvia, to participate in the Grand Prix of Nations.
The University of Pretoria Camerata will represent not only the University, but the country by competing in several categories.
We are proud to have this opportunity and look forward representing our beautiful nation at this choral festival.
The University of Pretoria will also represent our country at the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Spain, the world’s largest conference for choirs. Only 24 choirs across the globe are selected to perform for thousands of conductors, singers, composers and choral enthusiasts and Camerata has been selected to stand amongst the giants of choral music.
The cost of the tour is R31 350-00 per person.
Although the choir performs regularly and tries to alleviate the burden, the payment of the tour falls on each student. The members of the choir are responsible for the entire cost of the tour.
Many of our students are on full bursaries.
We would like to offer all our singers this opportunity and your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for 2016
Dear Camerata Supporters
The gala concert truly was a fantastic experience. We couldn't have asked for a better audience or a more memorable end to this phenomenal year, packed with experiences, victories, memories and a whole lot of music!
Thank you to the brilliant choristers and each and every supporter for carrying us through one of the busiest years we've ever had! Your dedication, help and continued support is truly appreciated.
We're taking a well-deserved break for now, but rest assured, Camerata will be back full steam in 2017 with a brand new members and a shiny new repertoire that will give you goosebumps from start to finish. Keep on watching this space to see our journey to Barcelona in 2017!
We love what we do, and we can't do it without you.
With love and many thanks
Tuks Camerata Executive Committee 2016
Gala Concert - New Date
Just as we promised, the Tuks Camerata 2016 Gala Concert is back!
We've moved the concert to 15 October at 19:00 in the magnificent Affies Boys Hall, just across the road from the UP Main Campus!
Please note that your old ticket will not be valid for the concert. Please head down to your nearest Shoprite, Checkers or Computicket Branch as soon as possible to have your ticket exchanged.
If you can't make the new concert date, please have your ticket refunded by 4 October 2016.
If you bought your ticket online or have already received a refund, please follow the link below to buy your new ticket directly from the Computicket website!
Varsity Sing Audience Voting
Have you been following the Varsity Sing University Choir Competition? Well get ready for this!
The FNB Fans' Favourite category of the competition is based on an audience vote, during which the viewers will be able to vote for their favourite choir in the competition. The winning choir will receive a cash prize of R50 000!
To vote, go to one of the links below (for both Google Play and iStore clients) and download the Varsity Sports SA App on your mobile device.
Log in quickly with your Facebook Account and then you can vote!
Voting opens this Thursday right after the broadcast of the last Semi-Final, and will be open until the LIVE broadcast of the Final on 13 October!
Each viewer can vote once a day, so be sure to make your vote count! Download and sign in now, so you're ready to vote as soon as voting opens!
You know who to vote for, it's Tuks of Niks!
Voting starts 6 October at 21:30
Google Play link:
Varsity Sing Finals
The Camerata made the varsity sing finals!
See replays of our performances during the past rounds below:
Gala Concert Postponed
If you have received a message from Computicket stating that Sunday's concert has been cancelled, please note that it has only been postponed. We are working hard to set a new date and we will keep you updated with the details as soon as we have them!
The Tuks Camerata Gala Concert in the Musaion on 25 Sept 2016 has been postponed due to the student protests. This decision was not taken lightly by the University Management. We tried to move the concert, but all suitable venues are unavailable this weekend.
We highly appreciate your patronage. You may request a refund from Computicket should you wish to do so. However your tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled concert.
Tuks Camerata will keep you updated on the new concert date.
Varsity Sing Tickets to Final
Tickets for the Varsity Sing Final are available now!
The final will be in the Wits Linder Auditorium and will be broadcast LIVE on KykNet on 13 October!
Follow this link to book your seats for a mere R20 per ticket!
Let's fill that hall!
Varsity Sing Semi Final Broadcast
Don't forget to tune in on 22 September at 20:30 to see us compete against these three amazing choirs in the Varsity Sing Semi-Final!
Kyknet DSTV 144
Arnesen's 'Even when he is silent'
Why do we carry old shoes with us on stage?
In the Second World War, prisoners in concentration camps were forced to take off their shoes before they were marched to their death. To this day, heaps of old shoes serve as a reminder of the atrocities committed at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
One of these prisoners, in his last moments, wrote on the wall of a Death Chamber in Aushcwitz:
"I believe in the sun, even when it's not shining. I believe in Love, even when I feel it not. I believe in God, even when He is silent."
These chilling words were set to music in a composition by Kim Arnesen, and this piece forms part of the Tuks Camerata's 2016 repertoire. When we perform this piece, we honour the lives lost during this time of oppression, and the victory of Faith in those times.
See the Tuks Camerata perform Arnesen's 'Even When He Is Silent' at this year's Gala Concert, titled 'Love and War'.
Tickets at Computicket.
We started recording our new CD this weekend!
Watch this space!
Varsity Sing Rankings
The final tally is in!
After the first round, Tuks Camerata is in the lead for the Varsity Sing title!
Will we be able to keep it up? Tune in on Thursdays at 20:30 to find out!
Varsity Sing Supporters
A huge thanks to all our supporters who turned up at the Varsity Sing Semi-Final last night!
Remember to tune in to channel 144 next week Thursday at 20:30 to see who makes it to the final round!
Support us at the Varsity Sing Semi Finals
Do you want to feel like you're part of the action; right in the middle of it all? Experience the lights, the cameras and all the glory of a Television Recording this Tuesday at the Varsity Sing Semi-Final in the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg!
To make the deal even sweeter, Varsity Sports has organised a a bus for all our supporters to get to the Auditorium on Tuesday FOR FREE!!!
If you've already booked a ticket, you can also hitch a ride on the Camerata Fanmobile!
To book a spot on the bus, send an e-mail to our choir manager at email@example.com. Space is limited, so book now!
Free music. Free ride. Now go get your face on TV!
Auditions for 2017
Auditions for the 2017 choir will run from 19-23 September 2016.
Please follow the following link to book your audition:
Have you got your tickets?
Varsity Sing Semi Finalists!
We're through to the semi-finals of Varsity Sing!
Thanks for tuning in and all your support!
Get your tickets for the recording of the semi-final round now!
11th World Symposium on Choral Music
And it's official! The Tuks Camerata has been chosen among a select few choirs to perform at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona in 2017!
What an amazing honour! Check out our journey to Spain over the course of the next year on our Facebook page and @tukscamerata on Twitter!
View the participating choirs here: 11th World Choral Symposium Participants
Varsity Sing Semi Final
Are you a fan of Varsity Sing?
Varsity Sports and KykNet are recording the Semi-Finals in front of a live audience and you have a chance to take part in this amazing show!
To book your seat in the Semi-Final, Click on the link below and see the action unfold first-hand!
Remember to watch Varsity Sing every Thursday on KykNet to see who goes through the Northern Semi-Final!
In case you missed a few episodes, or you just want to relive the magic, check out our performance of Eric Whitacre's phenomenal 'Lux Nova' right here!
Remember to tune in every Thursday on KykNet at 20:30 to see the action unfold in this jaw-clenching competition!
View the video of Lux Nova from Varsity Sing here: Kyknet - Lux Nova
Joshua na die Reen releases his new album
The amazing album we recorded along with Joshua na die Reën is finally here!
Head on over to their website to order your copy now!
Nelspruit Tour 2016
Our 2016 Innibos Concert Tour culminated in a performance with the phenomenal Joshua na die reen and Corlea Botha in the Sudwala Caves.
Truly a memorable experience!
The Wold Choir games in South Africa
And it's official! The World Choir Games are coming to Pretoria in 2018!
Interkultur Rankings Released!
The University of Pretoria Camerata has been ranked as one of the 1 000 best choirs in the world.
After Camerata’s first ever participation in an Interkultur competition, the choir was ranked in 20th place overall! Please see Interkultur World Rankings.
The Interkultur Foundation organises the bi-annual World Choir Games and many other international choir competitions and festivals across the globe each year.
"This is a massive achievement for Camerata as this is the first international choir competition it participated in to qualify for the Interkultur World Rankings. We shall only go from strength to strength," said Michael Barrett, conductor of this outstanding student choir.
Camerata has also been ranked fourth overall in the Youth Choir Rankings, and 27th in the Folklore category.
Camerata falls under the auspices of UP Arts, and the choir consists of full-time students from a variety of study fields, including medicine, engineering, theology, education, economics, accounting, plant sciences and music.
Camerata’s new CD Phoenix has just been released. View more info here.
To obtain your CD, please contact the Choir Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Champions of the World
The University of Pretoria Camerata Choir participated in the World Choir Games, also known as the ‘Olympics for Choirs’, which was held in Riga, Latvia, from 9 to 14 July. Camerata excelled and returned with two gold medals.