The children sang their hearts out, dancing and clapping their way into the evening. They had spent a great deal of their energies rehearsing for the Thornhill Annual Choir Festival, and they sounded like angels.
During the last eight years, this event has grown from a one-school concert in the Helen Mathole Memorial Hall at Thornhill to a fully fledged shingdig at the Maitisong hall.
The festival is the brainchild of the Head of Music Department at Thornhill, Linda Price, who says it was a thing she started when she was still a teacher with Morula Primary school in Selibe Phikwe.
“It is not a competition but rather just a platform to give the children an opportunity to perform for an audience,” explained Price.
She said that they usually feature guest choirs alongside the children as a form of inspiration to show them what consistent practising could do for their singing in future. The festival has enjoyed appearances from Sedibeng Choir and the Maikano Serenaders.
This year they had the cosmopolitan PPC youth choir. It was amazing to see children of African, Asian and Caucasian descent speaking the same language of music.
The PPC Youth choir comprises students from schools all over Gaborone, its and its members aged between 10 and 20 years old. They performed a medley of songs in various languages, putting and put on quite a show.
The schools taking part this year were Thornhill, Westwood International, Northside, Baobab and Botlhale Primary schools.
What they did was perform three music items per school with the aid of a piano and a few other musical instruments.
After every school performed, they formed a mass choir and performed two songs as one unit.
All performances ended with a loud applause. The last song got a standing ovation. The solo performances by the children would be an injustice since they were very moving.
Make a date with this music festival and enjoy the voices of angels.