Cota Head to World Choir Games

CONSISTING of young people from across Namibia, the College of The Arts (Cota) youth choir is gearing for a trip to Latvia where they will take part in the World Choir Games.

Taking place in the capital city Riga, the competition will see 20 000 singers from 90 countries across the world battling it out for top honours.

The Cota choir, which is currently made up of 55 members, has been at the World Games before. They qualified for the competition in 2012, taking part in the Open Category and bringing home two gold medals. This qualified them for automatic entry to this years’ competition.

Under the leadership of Fanie Dorfling, the Namibian choir aims to once again come out tops. “I feel extremely blessed to be able to work with this group of people. It takes more than just a good voice to compete on this level. It takes hours and hours of rehearsals when your friends are doing things without you. It asks for determination and sacrifice,” Dorfling said.

He is very optimistic about the choir’s chances at the event. “We would like to bring back gold in all the categories we participate in and would really love to come back a world champion. It is without question a great honour to sing as Namibians for Namibia on the international stage. It would be the greatest achievement to sing the Namibian national anthem on the podium as world champions.”

Before heading off to Latvia, the choir will perform at the Dutch Reformed Church, situated in Luumlderitz street, (across from the old State House) on Thursday, 26 June at 19h00. Tickets will be available at the door for N$60.

The choir leaves for Latvia at the end of June with the competition commencing in July.

Source : The Namibian