Sunday 26 May, 11:30 — Moravian Church, Genadendal



The Cape Town Youth Choir was formed in 1997 under the name “Pro Cantu” by Andre van der Merwe. Leon Starker became the conductor in 2003 and the choir still remains under his baton.

We aim to provide a moving musical experience to our audiences and to provide an opportunity to young Capetonians to sing in a choir of the highest international standards.

CTYC has performed well in a number of international competitions, winning gold medals on several occasions at the World Choir Games and winning the Grand Prix award at the Bratislava International Festival and Competition in 2014. We are proud to have been selected as the choir representing South Africa in Austria at the Spittal an der Drau Choir Competition in July 2019! Only ten choirs have been given this honour.

The choir comprises of between 24 and 36 members. Membership is open to anyone that has passed the audition process successfully and who is willing to commit to our rather busy schedule.

Our choir maintains the motto “Pro Cantu”, meaning “for singing”, and it is through singing that we make new friends and each chorister is empowered to find his or her own voice.

We love tackling challenging repertoire and singing major choral works. In recent years we have performed Arvo Part’s St John Passion and Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, as well as Handel’s Messiah. In 2017 we performed three different repertoire sets: in April we toured the USA with concerts in New York City (including the famous Carnegie Hall!), Connecticut and Boston, with a programme titled “Songs of Loss and Hope”. Later in the year – August to be exact – we performed a concert in honour of SA-composer Hendrik Hofmeyr’s 60th birthday and presented an all-Hofmeyr programme. In March 2018 we recorded Handel’s Messiah for DSTV’s KykNet channel which was broadcast on South African televisions in December 2018 during the Festive Season.