19 August 2016 – The third term has struck with a vengeance in its demands on the Saints’ Chapel Choir, but, not surprisingly, under the leadership of the indefatigable Clive Mott, Head Chorister Leonard Jennings, and organist Penny Sparks they have risen to every challenge and remain in popular demand.
Clive Mott (right) leads the Saint Andrew’s Chapel Choir during the annual Confirmation Service
A very busy programme has seen the Choir singing at the Memorial Service for Haxton Guiney, at the annual Confirmation Service, at the Andrew Murray (English) Dutch Reformed Church, at Old Boy Ken Evans’ renewal of his wedding vows with Hilary on the occasion of their 40th anniversary, and at the Christening of Riley Gouws, son of school staff member Heleen Gouws and her husband Morné.
The Choir’s programme remains packed, with their eagerly-awaited annual performance at the Bayswater Retirement Village coming up on Friday, 26 August, followed by the Old Boys Service during the annual Reunion weekend on Sunday, 11 September.
Commenting on the programme of sacred and show numbers that the Choir will be presenting at the Bayswater Retirement Village, Clive Mott said with a smile: “We have received thousands of requests from one or two ladies.”
A common thread throughout the performances of the Choir and the important contribution they continue to make to life at Saint Andrew’s and in the Bloemfontein community remains the esteem in which they are held.
This was, perhaps, best demonstrated at the end of the Confirmation Service when The Bishop of Bloemfontein, Dintoe Letloenyane, said he always enjoys attending the Saint Andrew’s Chapel because of the excellent singing. Hugely impressed by what he had witnessed, he thanked the Choir and called on the congregation to applaud them.