Our History

During a school choir tour in 1997 to Cape Town, I was asked by parents to start a regional choir. Astonished I replied: "Who? Me? How? With what money?

Nevertheless I decided to contact a few schools and to my surprise the reaction was overwhelming. In October 1997 the choir was founded with 44 members. The initial name was Magaliesberg Cantabile Choir. After pronouncing Cantabile wrongly, I changed the name to Magaliesberg Children Choir. The choir exists of school children (grade 4-12) from different schools in the Northern suburbs of Pretoria. After one year there was a request from children all over Pretoria and I extended the borders even as far as Cullinan, Hartebeespoortdam and Midrand.

On 19 January 1998, we had our first practise at Con Spirito Church, Wonderboom. They had to work hard on technique. A highlight of the year was the recording of a gospel casette for an American Recording Studio. We did the Rentmeester Youth Art Festival in the State Theatre and our first Year Concert in the Musaion was a full house.

In 1999 we did our first Music Festival at Aardklop, Potchefstroom.

2000: The choir did its first tour to Oudtshoorn, participating in the Klein Karoo Kunste Fees (KKNK), together with Helena Hettema. The kids got standing ovations with each performance.

2001: We attended the 21st International Youth Music Festival in the Main Spessart Region, Germany. We met the princess of Lövenstein and built solid ties with Germany.

2002. The choir was chosen as the best choir during the Rentmeester art Festival and was invited to sing during a celebration of the Directors (twin brother) of Rentmeester's birthday at the Sharaton Hotel. We also had a mace over our clothes which we use till today. Our second CD is launched.

2003: One of our big fans, Anette Krogh remarked: "to listen to the choir brings me joy and happiness like nothing else ever could".

2004: One of our beloved choir members, Grace Lilian Richards dies in a tragic accident. We participated in the Advent Competition in Prague and won gold (one of four) among 54 choirs all over the world. We performed on TV 2 in the program, Hosanna!

2005: This was the year when I received the song, Angel Wings, in a visit from angels.. This inspirational song has touched hundreds of people. A highlight this year was the Choir festival at Voortrekker Monument with Vaughan van Zyl.

2006: The choir participated in two operas, namely I pagliacci from Rugiero Leoncavallo and Cavalliera Rusticana from Pietro Mascagni. We met Dewald von Solms, a well-known opera singer in SA. Dewald is our permant solist and is it an honour to have him part of Magaliesberg Children Choir family. The choir performs for various radio stations such as Radio Pulpit, Radio Jacaranda, Radio Pretoria, Radio Impact.

2007: We tour to Italy, participating in the Tuscany Choir Festival in Montecatini. Other performances were in Basilica Maggiora, Santa Maria, Francis from Assisi and St Paulo.

2008: On 18 January we had a performance at the Tshwane Show Grounds in honour of the top Matric achievers of the previous year. Dr Gwen Ramakgopa, the mayor of Tshwane sang with the choir. We also had a successfull tour to Kwazulu Natal.

2009: A highlight this year was the performance for RSG radio station in ZK Matthews hall.

2010: The choir had a successfull concert tour to Germany, Austria and Hungary.

2011: We did a big concert in Brooklyn Theatre with Anina Wasserman, one of South Africa's top soprano's.

2012: A highlight was the performance for RSG, celebrating the 40th birthday of their program, 'Loof die Heer', presented by Fanie Smit. The choir also performed in the The Planet suite, composed by Gustav Holst with the UP symphony orchestra.

2013: We were invited to be part of a program in Europe to bond the youth via choir music. Bärbel Klüpfel entered us into the 8th Johannes Brahms International Choir Competition in Wernigerode. We won two gold medals which qualified us for the World Choir Olympics of 2014 in Latvia.

2014: Participating in the world's biggest choir event in Riga, Latvia - 450 choirs, 73 countries. Out of 83 children choirs we brought a GOLD medal home as well as a silver for Folklore.  One of the most outstanding achievements of the choir!!