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12 May 2011

Peace Mass Choir Concert with special guest Kyle Shepherd

Jazz pianist KYLE SHEPHERD is the special guest at a unique concert of the 'PEACE MASS CHOIR', a combined choir featuring the best singing talent from the Christel House SA, Fezeka High and Sans Souci Girls High Schools, to be held on Saturday 21 May 2011, 7pm at Sans Souci High School, Newlands.

Tickets cost R40 and are available through COMPUTICKET by calling 083 915 8000 or via their website

The concert is being held to present the PEACE MASS CHOIR as a united voice to proclaim the message of peace and harmony in South Africa and throughout the world. The choir's repertoire includes John Rutter's "For the beauty of the earth", "All things bright and beautiful", Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" as well as a special composition called "A piece of peace" by Misha Favis, a fourteen year old South African musician who is studying at the Yehudi Menuhin Music School in London.

"We are very honoured to have Kyle Shepherd as our special guest at our concert. Kyle is a role model musician reaching out to the people – his people – the community brothers and sisters. Kyle feels strongly about sharing and helping his fellow human beings and wants to make a musical and social difference by reaching out to others. His song – A Hymn for us – speaks powerfully of the need to heal and love through music." Lainey Trequesser, President of MUSIQUELAINE French Based Non Profit Association for Music Development in South Africa.


Jazz pianist Kyle Shepherd who is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s most influential and accomplished jazz pianists and composers will be doing a solo piano performance at the concert.

Shepherd has released two critically acclaimed Albums to date, namely fineART and A Portrait of Home, which have both been nominated for a South African Music Award (SAMA). Apart from South Africa, Shepherd has performed in The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, France, Denmark, Malaysia, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe, with the most notable concert appearances being at The Bird’s Eye Jazz Club (Switzerland), The Aarhus Jazz Festival (Denmark), The Riverboat Jazz Festival (Denmark), The Cape Town International Jazz Festival (South Africa), The Joy of Jazz Festival (South Africa), The Pan African Space Station (South Africa) and The Genting International Jazz Festival (Malaysia).

The PEACE MASS CHOIR is a combination of choirs from three schools, namely Christel House SA, Fezeka High and San Souci Girls High.

The Christel House SA School Choir consists of about sixty voices chosen from both the junior and senior schools. The choir was established a decade ago by Mrs Rene van Niekerk and is assisted by Mr Clarke Schilder.

The Christel House SA Choir prides itself on its numerous sterling performances at a variety of prestigious events ranging from their participation in the David Kramer & Taliep Petersen’s District Six Musical to singing for the opening of Provincial Parliament. The choir draws singers from all surrounding townships and is seen as a great opportunity for kids to express themselves through the arts. Performing at the American Embassy on Independence Day was really a great highlight for the choir.

The choir's vast repertoire ranges from traditionals to the very challenging classicals in the opera La Boheme in 2007. As part of Christel House South Africa's 10th anniversary celebrations the choir will embark on a recording project to capture all the beautiful memories of the past decade.

The award-winning 77-member Fezeka High School Choir from Gugulethu was only established in 2008 and are already seven-times National Singing Champions. It is directed by Ms Holly Lubbock with Mr Phumi Tsewu as its choir master.

Apart from numerous performances locally and nationally, the choir has also sung at Salisbury's Annual International Arts Festival and other venues in the UK. This also led to the making of a Film Documentary, Fezeka's Voice which documents the choir’s journey to Salisbury and tells the remarkable story of Phumi's commitment, charm and spirit which has inspired these ordinary young people in Gugulethu to reach extraordinary and unimaginable heights in their personal, artistic and academic endeavours.

The Sans Souci Girl's High School Choir led by Shirley Sutherland has grown in size and stature since the success of its sixties' musical in 2010, Twist and Shout. The Choir played an important role in the production, performing numerous songs and had the honour of working closely with Mr Mervyn Williams (Cape Town City Ballet) on their choreography.

Other highlights since 2010 include the choir being awarded 80% in the Tygerberg International Eisteddfod, Honours in the Cape Town Eisteddfod, a gold medal in the Kaapse Afrikaans Eisteddfod and winning the 2011 Annual FACETS Eisteddfod. The choir also participated in the Wynberg Boys’ High Choir Festival and is part of the Peace Mass Choir.


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"Jazz and freedom go hand in hand. That explains it. There isn't any more to add to it. If I do add to it, it gets complicated. That's something for you to think about. You think about it and dig it. You dig it..." Thelonious Monk

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