We had a highly productive meeting the other day with Michael Barrett, director of the University of Pretoria Tuks Camerata, among other choirs. Mr. Barrett was highly enthusiastic about working with the Partnership. We discussed a number of possibilities for next summer, but perhaps the most exciting part of the afternoon was the opportunity to see the choir rehearse.
This is a really special group of college students. They sing a repertoire far more diverse than many of the choirs in South Africa. They–especially Mr. Barrett–are quite purposeful about what this means with regard to intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding, and acceptance of difference. It was quite an inspiring day to spend on the beautiful University of Pretoria campus.
Up next: an evening with the Johannesburg Metro Police Choir!