Celebrating Choirs

Embracing Diversity

Creating Networks

  • About Us
  • Valued Partnerships
  • Documentation
  • Directors
  • The Team
About Us

The last few years proved the incredible diversity of the South African choral landscape. The Choral Celebration Festivals builds upon the success of the most recent World Choir Games that took place in Tshwane from 4 – 14 July 2018 and showcased the value of music and specific choral music to create tolerance for other nations, showcase cultural diversity and brought people together to create life long friendships and unforgettable memories.

South Africa is a powerhouse of choirs if we take the 76 Gold medals and 7 Category winnings into account. The 2019 Choral Celebration Festival series of the Public Benefit Organisation(no 930066027) Choral Celebration Network Foundation, showcased 84 South African choirs of all age groups and genre’s from all 9 provinces in 14 festivals nationally, engaging more than 6000 singers.

These events received incredible feedback from audiences, singers and conductors alike and created opportunities for choirs to show their uniqueness and to build networks for performing together and sharing their passion for music to achieve better understanding and tolerance. 

We planned to expand the Choral Celebration Festival series to include another 2 provinces as hosts in 2020 but engage with more choirs in 30 concerts over 11 festivals nationwide. Unfortunately, Covid happened, and we were only able to host 1 event in Northern Cape – one of our new provinces at the Kimberly theatre. What a great way to end the long choral performance silence with exceptional singers from Northern Cape.

The rest of 2020 was a challenge for choirs and conductors alike and to keep the choirs going CCNF launched wonderful Virtual events. Series 1 consisted of 10 virtual festival with festival 1 – 9 consisting of choirs from South Africa, In Festival 9 we engaged the choirs from Africa and Festival 10 showcased international choirs. 


These festivals were so well received that we launched Series 2 and group choirs together in specific groups – mixed, university, children’s, youth etc.. with choirs from South Africa & around the world in 12 festivals. It was spectacularly well received and choirs got the opportunity to not only see themselves but also choirs in their own category performing from as far afield as Russia, Canada, Mexico, etc.

To end our year off in style we hosted a Festive season festival.


Please visit our YouTube channel to view these free events for inspiration: CLICK HERE TO VISIT YOUTUBE FESTIVALS

 

We are relaunching our Choral Celebration festivals in partnership with choirs from around the country and to get going we will be hosting 12 festivals and one Conductors Network Indaba. 


We have decided to put our Sing & Safari event on ice until we can secure funding and have more clarity on the way forward for hosting local and international choirs.


CCNF aims to be the network link between choirs, events and festivals from all nations, to assist in creating memorable experiences for choirs in South Africa from South Africa, Africa and globally to ensure that the harmony of singing together is brought home to where it all started.

Contact us for more information about performance opportunities in South Africa, Africa and at international and local festivals, competitions and events around the globe and learn more about our unique projects that will be rolled out to achieve our objectives.

We have formed two powerful partnerships that allow us to provide tax benefits to both local and international sponsors. Operation Healing Hands specifically is a partnership where we as two PBOs fulfil our mission for whole life health support. OHH providing support for physical health and CCNF for mental health. 

Valued Partnerships

UNESCO

We have had the tremendous honour to be a UNESCO recognised partner organisation since June 2020. This partnership proves beyond a doubt that our focus and track record in making a difference in communities are aligned with local and international trends. Watch this space for more news on this exciting partnership.

SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR UNESCO PARTNER

We also formed specific valuable partnerships that reflect our mission of adding value and making a difference to our communities on ground level and on its own represent incredibly worthy causes. These partnerships aim to create collective awareness of our causes and raise money to further these initiatives wherever possible. Should you have access to funding or want to get involved, don't hesitate to contact Alta Maré for detailed information: info@ccnf.co.za

OPERATION HEALING HANDS

Our partnership with Operation Healing Hands came late in 2019, but we feel the alignment with our focus to make a difference and create a better life is reflected on a physical level by what the team of OHH does. This partnership has a joint objective to create awareness, raise money for projects, and provide support where possible. Go to their website for more information on the incredible work performed by this selfless team of individuals, and feel free to donate to ensure they can help those in need: https://www.ohhsa.net.

MILLENNIUM TRUST

Documentation

Should you wish to get involved in our NPO, any and all documentation are available upon request. Please email info@ccnf.co.za for more information.

Directors

In Progress. Update Coming Soon!

The Team

ALTA MARE

Founder & Director

Hi, I’m Alta Maré. I have years of experience ranging from team player to project and programme manager in the corporate, public and private sectors in all types of industries. I, however, was very lucky to convert my passion for choral music into an organisation that aims to support conductors and choirs to make a huge impact in their communities. We embrace diversity, create networks and celebrate choral music daily in our job.

I believe every singer, audience member and conductor leaves a ripple in our souls when they perform- like even the smallest stone thrown in the water – and that ripple of joy, passion and peace is taken back to your home, family and community. My family is my whole world and a huge part of CCNF, and they pitch in wherever possible to help. My other passion, maybe let me rephrase – superpower – is eating. I am a huge foodie, and for stress relief bake and cook, so when I stress, I bake delicious goodies. I hope if our paths ever cross that you will find something in the music we showcase through the choirs we host for your soul, and that ripple will whisper peace, love and joy to you when you are alone and with others. Stay blessed! Alta

RENETTE BOUWER

Creative Artistic Advisor

I have a one grey hair for every choir rehearsal I have done in my life – no wonder I am completely grey by now! To work with young talented singers is my greatest joy. I love to unveil the secrets of a world of vocal possibilities to my singers, who then soon become like my own children. (By the way, I have four children and 5 grandchildren. They all sing, but some just a little better than others.)


Although I’ve trained adult singers, I mainly work with high school learners and students. Currently I conduct the girls of Affies Meisies in Pretoria and the students of the University of Johannesburg Choir.


Young people are like sponges and with a little TLC they become super stars in a very short time.

Given the opportunity they can even be on TV or travel the world!


I love cooking and try to not excel at it too much because my mother taught me that one must eat what you cook, and I don’t want my husband to become fat. My kids used to complain that I have the biggest collection of spices and bottled sauces and pickles in Gauteng. It is no surprise then that I love reading and collecting recipe books. I also enjoy a good suspense thriller and TV series.


When I was younger, I sang solo in many concerts here in South Africa and also in Europe. I even performed the solo of Mozart’s Requiem in St. Petersburg in Russia some years ago. That concert hall was something else – it had eight huge crystal chandeliers, each as big as a room. I got quite nervous to sing there but tried to focus on my good singing habits to calm my nerves. I am not sure if I succeeded, though…


I started to play the piano when I was very young and was lucky to be able to accompany my friends in singing class from a very young age. It came very natural for me. When I was fifteen, I got a job as organist in the church. I had to play on a pipe organ with three rows of keys and even some pedals that must be played by my feet! The best part is that I received a proper salary which enabled me to buy toffees for all my friends during school break times every day. (No wonder I had lots of friends.)


Although my singing career made me quite famous, it also kept me humble. Each performance is unique. I tried to keep on learning new music and embrace a variety of musical styles. The biggest lesson of all is that discipline and dedication is the key to success. And ultimately that to sing TOGETHER brings the biggest joy of all.

TAMERIN MARE

Office Administrator

Hi! I am Tamerin. I love to see how my hard work of communicating in writing with choirs throughout the planning process are converted into fantastic Choral Celebration Festivals. I love that I am engaged with choirs and the sense of community you feel when you are around them. I love to listen to music and reading and to have fun with my family. I also love pretty clothes and dressing up!

KENDALL HARBOUR

Marketing & Operations Manager

Hi, I’m Kendall and I’m excited to tell you a bit about me. I have been in the event and marketing industry for seven years now, and I have been singing in choirs for the last fifteen years. I absolutely love what I do, I love the people I get to work with and I love the message behind the Choral Celebration Network Foundation! I love that I get to use my social media marketing skills, my event organising techniques and my insider knowledge of the choral world all in one job! Not many people can say that. When I’m not doing all this, you can find me reading a good book of the psychology genre or listening to choir music. I have also begun volunteering on a horse riding farm each weekend which has been so good for my soul. I love to give back to the world we live in; the people and the animals. It’s important to look after each other thereby creating a world of peace and kindness and leaving it better for those who follow after us

Catrien Stander

Finance

I love music and my aim in life is to make the world a better place – CCNF gives me the opportunity to use the first to accomplish the second! Apart from taking care of the CCNF finances, I am the financial manager and PR officer for Operation Healing Hands NPC.

I also enjoy singing in choirs and have done so from primary school. My other hobbies include reading, movies, pets, volunteering for charity initiatives, travel, and adventure.

HELEEN HOLLAND-MU¨¨TER

Backstage Management

Hi, I am Heleen. Music has always been a part of my life. I started with piano lessons at the age of five and in the Primary School I was introduced to the wonderful world of choirs. I sang in my primary school, and high school choirs. And have sung in many choirs ever since then. I am currently part of Horizons Project Choir. I teach Afrikaans at a High School in Pretoria and I am also the Choir Organizer of my schools choir. I love to help and develop a love for music and choir with the children I work with and I am very fortunate to now be able to work with the AMAZING CCNF team of ladies and all the choirs we are working with.

When I am not busy teaching or singing, I love to read, paint and spend time with my two very loveable Dachshunds, Snip and Vlekkie.

YOLANDE STRAUSS

Media & Digital Specialist

I have been a chorister my whole life. My journey started in a primary school choir when I was six years old. Now many school choirs, provincial choirs and even a national choir later, and deep in my forties, I am still part of a small community choir here in Pretoria. I love the idea of giving the people of South Africa, no matter their backgrounds and skill levels, the opportunity to be part of the world of choir, because I can honestly say that choir changed my life and the way I look at the world today. I love the idea that CCNF creates a platform for learning and sharing knowledge within the South African choir landscape. Although I only play a small part in the fantastic team at CCNF, I love absolutely everything the organisation stands for. My roadmap has steered me through the digital world for more than 15 years now (yes, we still had to wait for the internet to connect with krrrrrrkiekiekie when building websites when I started….) and I hope that I can use the knowledge I acquired from many years in the industry to spill over into creating beautiful moments and memories with, and for, CCNF in the digital realm.

On a more personal level, I am a bit of a serial hobbyist. I am a part-time singer, musician and songwriter. (I can decently play a bit of piano and have also taught myself the bass, guitar and ukulele). Apart from music I am a wife to an incredible husband (20 years already!) and a mother of two teenage boys. I am a videographer, photographer and blogger and I am currently working toward my green belt in Krav Maga and my blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu. I believe in love, grace, gratitude and in living the best life i can possibly live. Drink the good coffee, eat the cake and don't be afraid to simply say yes to opportunities as they come knocking on your door!

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