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The Helpmekaar Kollege Choir has been in existence since the previous millennium. In September 2014 Siegfried Pretsch has been appointed as conductor with Ciska Range as accompanist. The following year, 2015, Helpmekaar entered for the first time for ATKV Applous competition in the category “Mixed Choirs – Advanced” and obtained a third place nationally. (The ATKV Applous is a national competition for choirs and only the best of the best reaches the finals). The same prestige has been achieved in 2017, where the choir is one of the top four finalists competing for the national first price. The finals will be held on 5 August 2017. The choir obtained a gold medal and was placed a fouth nationally. The choir strives to have a universal and diverse repertoire. The 2017 repertoire comprises music written in four international languages, covering as many genres as possible. The choir performs on invitation, and yearly with the Helpmekaar Orchestra. The choir resides at Helpmekaar Kollege, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Siegfried Pretsch was born on 10 August 1966 in Sasolburg, South Africa. He has been organist since the age of 16 and his main instrument was trumpet. He obtained his Higher Diploma in Jazz from the Technikon Pretoria. He has been conducting orchestras and choirs for the last twenty years and in 1994 he was awarded an ARTES in the category “advancement of music”. He is currently the resident conductor of Helpmekaar Kollege and 4forty Chamber Choir.Back to the list of ensembles