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France and South Africa sing together

6 November 2018

Ambassador Farnaud of France hosted the University of Pretoria Youth Choir and the Ouistreham Choir from France at his residence as a continuation of the celebration of Nelson Mandela's centenary, which the French Embassy in South Africa has been celebrating for the whole year.

40 South-African singers from the University of Pretoria and 30 French singers from the Ouistreham and Dijon Choirs entertained guests. Among the guests were Yvonne Chaka Chaka, internationally recognised South African singer and songwriter.

Ambassador Farnaud said that it was an honour for him to host this unique mix of generations, nationalities and style at his residence.

The two choirmasters, Agnes Polet and Lhente-Mari Pitout, met in 2016 and decided to cooperate as part of the celebration of the centenary of Nelson Mandela. They met when Lhente-Mari Pitout was invited to lead a workshop in Dijon in Burgundy, France.

The University of Pretoria Youth Choir was created in 2001 with the aim of giving young talent the opportunity to sing at a high level, locally and abroad. The Choir walked away with a gold medal at the 2018 World Choir Games that took place in Pretoria. The Choir will tour Europe in December where they will showcase their talent in Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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