Jacqui Nel and Tracey Lisegang enjoying some cupcakes before the Rotary Choir Festival.
Medleys from the The Jungle Book and Annie and earworms from ABBA met powerful African traditional drums and fired up Grace Hall at the annual Rotary Choir Festival recently.
The North Coast united in song at Ashton International College, as choirs from 12 schools and about 460 pupils took to the stage and sang for a good cause.
Rotary Ballito Club president, Jeff Shinns said the choir festival was a huge achievement.
“This is our fourth festival and the second at Ashton, who gracefully allowed us to use this magnificent hall free of charge.
“The funds we raise here tonight go towards helping our community – from getting a wheelchair for a child who was previously taken to school in a wheelbarrow, to sending a young leader on a leadership course.
“Thank you for helping us raise funds and to help us make a difference in our world,” said Shinns.
The evening had another exciting announcement – Christopher Duigan has made Ashton’s Grace Hall the new home for one of his grand pianos and will be performing there on a monthly basis starting in September.
He kicked off the choir festival with a little bit of Mozart and Chopin to set the tone for the festival.
From left, Zee Dennison and Zandile Tembe looking fabulous. From left, Robyn Duncan with Louane and Dean Dunn. From left, Ashton Senior College head Jenny van Buuren, John Coburn, Trinityhouse Palm Lakes principal Darren de Gouviea-Smith, Rotary Ballito president Jeff Shinns, Ashton Junior College head Flick Holmes, Richard and Sonia Brooks, Trevor Broadbent and Curro Mount Richmore's Dewet Wentzel. From left, John Donnelly, Lauren and Craig Turner and Mel Donnelly keeping warm on the chilly evening. The Ashton choir boys with their teachers. From left, (back) Vrishin Pachaschandra, Vincenzo Casertano and Alistair Wodsworth, (front) Claire, Cheri McGrath, Nathan Godfrey, Stephen van der Merwe, Richard Patterson, Reesan Pillay and Ashton head of music Tara Blake. From left, Fana Mbatha and Nonjabulo Nxumalo are excited about the festival. From left, Rebekah Gengan with Khanya and Nthabiseng Morrison. From left, Fay Horack, Johann Fisher and Sian Horack. From left, Laurence and Liezl Meier with Joy and Dennis Drew. From left, Amelie and Roas Zeelie, Adel de Matteis, Avril Tayler, Michelle Victor and Joceline Ellis. Michelle McDowell and Betro Steyn having a quick coffee and pancake before the choir festival begins.