The Cantare Organisation consists of children and youth aged between 6 and 24 years from the Southern Gauteng and Greater Ekurhuleni district.

The Children’s Choir was founded in 1995 in collaboration with the Southern Gauteng Education Department.  The Cantare Choir has excelled as one of the best children’s choirs in South Africa and has international recognition.

 

Choirs:
The Cantare Children's Concert Choir (aged 10 and 15 years)

Harmonia Girls Choir (Aged 14 to 24 years)

Dulcet Development Choir (aged 6 to 10 years)

 

Our outreach programme with 3 development choirs in Thokoza, Katlehong and Tembisa was established in 2004 with sponsorship from the National Lottery Commission.


The choirs are selected from approximately 40 different schools in these regions. 79% of these choristers come from historically disadvantaged areas and participate in our development programme. We believe that we are the largest organisation of this kind in South Africa.

Music School:

In 2020 a music school was established in Soweto.

THE CHOIR OBJECTIVES

  • The choir’s mission is to provide musically talented singers, irrespective of their background equal opportunities to develop their musical talents to their fullest potential 

  • The Cantare Choir organisation is dedicated to identify and enrich singers from the Southern Gauteng region’s lives by teaching music and choral artistry in a joyful, caring, nurturing environment thus ensuring personal and social growth irrespective of their social- and economic circumstances  

  • To promote South African choral and heritage music worldwide so that  we are true ambassadors for our country and to unite languages and cultures through our music 

  • To promote the choir’s activities through participation in cultural-, corporate- and social events. 

  • To uplift the children from historically disadvantaged communities through different music experiences providing opportunities where they are taken from the townships to participate in workshops, concerts, national and international choir festivals to be worthy ambassadors of South Africa, broadening their horizons by building relationships and gaining experience.

  • To develop choristers’ talents through consistent quality training and education in choral music thereby giving them tools to become performing artists, future musicians and choral conductors.

  • Achieving excellence in choral singing by teaching choristers to strive to be the best in what they do. Children are introduced to and taught all genres of choral music and musical theatre.  

  • To teach children singing skills, music theory,  basic music knowledge and history and the playing of musical instruments used with choral singing (drumming and other percussions) 

  • To teach them traditional dances to enhance the traditional South African song and building bridges among the colourful diversity of our Rainbow Nation. 

  • To develop leadership skills, self-worth, teamwork, pride and appreciation of music among singers, parents, guardians and audiences.

  • To give the star of stars the opportunity to travel to Europe in 2020 to showcase the colourful traditional heritage of South Africa

  • It is our mission to make sure that this project continues as it makes a huge difference in the lives of the children in the communities we serve through grants, sponsorship requests, concerts and corporate functions to sustain and enhance the development of the Cantare choir and development choirs in the four townships

Image by David Beale

ABOUT THE CANTARE CHILDREN'S CHOIR

A Creative Ensemble