Who is the SYMPHONY CHOIR OF CAPE TOWN
The Symphony Choir of Cape Town (SCCT) is a non-profit organisation consisting of between 50 and 70 members from all walks of life with a common love of singing, especially choral music.
The Choir was founded in 1972 as an adjunct to the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, performing major choral works each year under the baton of well-known guest conductors.
Since 1993 the Choir has been an independent body and has promoted and managed its own concerts.
The choir is currently directed by Levi Alexander (who succeeded Alexander Fokkens in June 2021) and managed by a chairperson and committee made up of several choir members.
who are our members
The SCCT is a community based choir and our members are amateur singers from around Cape Town.
The Choir aims to reflect the diversity of our City and we therefore welcome singers of any gender, age, race or creed.
As with the majority of choirs worldwide, male voices – tenors and basses – are very much in demand and we are always delighted to have these singers join our community.
If you would like to sing with our choir, whichever voice part you sing, please see the “Sing with us” link for more information.
WHAT WE DO
The principal objective of the SCCT is to stage an average of 4 concerts per year. These concerts often comprise performances of major choral works with full symphonic orchestra, although the Choir also stages smaller scale works, either acapella or accompanied by chamber orchestra, piano, organ or small band. For some concerts choirs from the Greater Cape Town area are invited to collaborate with the SCCT as part of our policy to support such choirs.
WHERE WE PERFORM
Our current ‘home’ performance venue is the historic and exquisite Evangelical Lutheran Church in Strand Street. However, we also perform in a variety of other venues. These present and past venues include (but are not limited to) the Cape Town City Hall, St Georges Cathedral, Artscape Theatre, the Baxter Theatre, the Sarah Baartman Hall on the UCT campus, Bishops Chapel and St. John’s Church in Wynberg.
WHEN & WHERE
Rehearsals are held weekly on Wednesday evenings in the hall of the Rondebosch United Church, from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
There is no need to be able to read musical scores as rehearsals are structured to assist all choir members in learning the music.
In addition, training aids are supplied for home practice between formal rehearsals.
HOW THE CHOIR
Choir members pay an annual subscription and these subscriptions together with the proceeds from concert ticket sales go towards the Choir’s daily running costs and, in part, towards the staging of performances.
However, we are constantly challenged by the ever increasing costs of staging performances.
Our continued existence and ability to put on these performances relies heavily on the generosity of various sponsors and we are always seeking additional funds.