9 October 2018



Dear Parents and Choristers,


Please remember to also let your child read this newsletter. 

So we have come to the last term and the last part of the choir’s calendar year.  It has been a very exciting year and the friends made and concerts with choirs from the Czech Republic and Belgium were a definite highlight.

First of all I want to start by thanking everyone who has been assisting me during this year.  It is really a pleasure to work alongside you all and a special thanks to Mr. Lionel van Zyl and Ms Amanda Engelbrecht for all their hard work and dedication.  You are a blessing to our choir and we thank you.  Others that I want to thank especially are Prof Albert Troskie, Lara Potgieter, Liske Hemmingway and Lucretia Sikwebu who joined us at our performances.  Thank you so much for offering up your time, we appreciate it immensely. 

A special thanks to Mr. Kennedy, the Headmaster of Cillié High School, as well as Mr. van der Riet, who assisted the choir every Wednesday and Friday as well as with all the other activities we had at the school.    

Thank you to every parent for your commitment to your child and to the choir every week and especially for all the feedback and concerns brought to my attention. I aim to be of continued assistance this term.



The visit from Iuventus Gaude Children’s Choir and their concert was one of the highlights of the third term.  To be able to walk along and share our beautiful beaches with them was a privilege and honor.  We tried to communicate, but fortunately where translation was lost in words, music made up for it in spades.


We had such fun and laughter with our guests and the concert together with them and the Clarendon Park Primary School Senior choir was absolutely amazing.  To all the parents who hosted our visitors, a big hug and a heartfelt thank you.  They enjoyed every second they were here and we hope to host them again in the near future. 


We had such a warm welcome at this beautiful church situated in Uitenhage and the Choir enjoyed singing there immensely.  We want to thank the Pastor and the congregation for their hospitality and for all the lovely refreshments afterwards.  It was a beautiful Sunday and we will love to sing there again.


We attach hereto the updated choir calendar.  Please note and diarize all the events.  If there are any changes/updates, we will keep you abreast thereof via SMS. Please consult our website under the “EVENTS” tab to keep up to date.  The choir also has a Facebook page under the name Eastern Cape Children’s Choir, please feel free to join.  Previous newsletters can also be accessed via the website

Please click on the link at the bottom of this letter to access the calendar as well as the waiting duty for the 4th term.


We will have our first rehearsal for the last term on Wednesday, the 10th of October 2018 and our last AGM for the year from 17:30 – 18:30.  If you would like to nominate anyone for the new Choir Committee, please give it some thought and nominate them at this meeting. 

The AGM agenda will be e-mailed tomorrow morning.

Should you be unable to attend the AGM, please complete the notice at the bottom of this e-mail and return it to me by tomorrow morning

This meeting is very important and should be attended by all the parents.  The following portfolios are available:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice-Chairperson
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Fundraising
  • Uniforms (ordering, not making)
  • Public Relations
  • Tour organizer
  • Catering Convener (not making the food, just organizing it) and Tuck Shop organizer



The photoshoot will take place on the 26th of October 2018, time and venue will be confirmed.  We therefor need all the choristers to please keep this date available. 


The farewell function for all the choristers will be held on the 9th of November 2018 and we will announce the venue nearer to the date.  ALL THE CHORISTERS SHOULD PLEASE ATTEND THIS FUN EVENT. 


The welcome concert for all new members will be held on the 4th of November 2018 at 15:00 at St Cuthbert’s Church in Westbourne Road, Central.  Choristers please report at 14:00.  We will also say goodbye to some of our choristers who we will miss dearly.  THIS EVENT IS COMPULSORY, PLEASE


Last but not least, we will be performing at this wonderful event on the 6th of December 2018. It takes place at the Feather Market Centre at 13:00 and we will be saying goodbye to our beloved Mr. van Zyl.  This will be the last time that the choir will perform under his baton and we trust that everyone will attend.  Please bring your family and friends along and come and enjoy this special performance with all of us.


This is going to be a wonderful last term and we hope that everybody will enjoy it thoroughly and not miss any performance.  We want to thank every parent once again for being there with your child at all the activities and always being on time in dropping off and fetching them at rehearsals. 

Have a lovely 4th term.


Yours in music, 




Choir Calendar 4th Term

Waiting Duty 4th Term




Notice is hereby given of the Annual General Meeting of ECCC choir parents.

Date: Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Venue: Cillié High School

Time: 17h30

The purpose of the meeting is to review the 2018 choir year, annual accounts and the election of new committee members. Information will be supplied to new choir parents and time will be allowed for questions.

 It is of vital importance to form a quorum. If a choir parent cannot attend the AGM, the proxy form below must be completed in order to allow another choir parent to vote on behalf of the absent parent.


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Return to choir / fax to 086 6375 311 / e-mail:

I, ______________________________________________, parent of

________________________ hereby give permission to

____________________________________________, parent of

 __________________________________, to vote on my behalf at the annual general

meeting to be held on 10 October 2018 at Cillié High School.