Christo Burger’s dream has grown into something spectacular – a mass choir with a 1000 people from all over the country, making young and old love life again even if it’s just for those few moments on stage.
Christo Burger phoned Michael Barrett one day with these words: “I have a dream.” He didn’t even have to say much else before Michael agreed to collaborating with him and this weekend marks the 14th actual Capital Singers show. What started out with 100 choir singers has grown into a mass choir of 1000 singers and they’ve basically outgrown all possible performance venues except, of course, the Sun Arena at Time Square. This community choir touches hearts whether you are a singer or in the audience.
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Preparations are well underway with the adrenaline starting to pump as things are picking up backstage. REWIND will be taking place on 4 and 5 May and the choir will be performing with artists like Elvis Blue, Joseph Clark, Vicky Sampson and a surprise guest artist (aged 15)! Choir members have been practicing the music in their cars, in the shower and on their bikes and will only be getting together to prepare for the weekend’s shows tonight. There is even a vet who practiced the music while operating! The logistics behind an event like this is enormous and it’s impressive to see how well organised everyone are.
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Burger and Barrett explains that it is touching to see how being part of such a large choir and a musical community can have such a huge effect on one person’s mental wellbeing. In some cases, a father started singing with Capital Singers, after which the mother also joined and later the children and their cousins – in a way Capital Singers has become a platform for family reunions where families and friends can share one very special thing: their love for music.
The next Capital Singers show’s theme will be revealed at REWIND, so be sure to keep your ears on the ground. They will also open up choir entries for this show at REWIND and you’ll have to jump at the chance to enter as they cap it at 1000.
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Capital Singers is giving away one set of 2 tickets for REWIND. Visit our Facebook page for competition details.
Tickets available at Computicket.