Under the Southern Cross - ENG

A course for choral singers to be held in the Netherlands

“Crux” is a constellation of stars in the southern sky in a bright portion of the Milky Way. It is dominated by a cross-shaped asterism commonly known as the Southern Cross. Our course is titled “Under the Southern Cross” because the Southern Cross represents “home” for many South Africans. It also represents the coming-together of cultures and the “oneness under the same stars” for the people of South Africa. We will be learning a collection of South African traditional music, and contemporary choral works by South African composers. The choir will be directed by South African conductor Leon Starker, with the aid of a storyteller who will be involved in the concerts at the end of the course.

General information

Our aim is to facilitate international contact and broaden a shared love of music. We are looking for 32 singers (8S/8A/8T/8B). Participants are expected to come well prepared, able to sing their parts confidently. They will receive music scores PDF files by e-mail well in advance. Capella or Midi file will also be provided.

The choir will give two concerts at the end of the course:

  • Saturday 31st October (not yet confirmed)
  • Sunday  1st  November Huissen

Event information & pricing

Arrival: Wednesday  28th October (afternoon/evening)
Programme ends: Monday 2nd November (after breakfast)
Accommodation: Participants are offered accommodation with meals at the Dominican Monastery, Huissen. Netherlands.

€ 578,- Per person, single occupation (due to the outbreak of the corona-virus it is not possible to share a room)
This covers: all meals; coffee / tea; transportation to and from the 2nd concert location ; music scores; Capella / midi files; Musical Director fee / costs; Storyteller fee / costs; tourist tax. Please bring your own towels.

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Meer informatie


  • Woensdag 28 oktober 16.00 uur t/m maandag 2 november 2020 10.00 uur
    Code: 20213


  • € 576,- Vast tarief
  • Single room. Covers: all meals. coffee and tea, transportion to 2nd concert location, music scores, fee for director and storyteller. Please bring your own towels.
  • Algemene voorwaarden


  • Conductor:
    Leon Starker has been the conductor of the Cape TownYouth Choir since 2003. Under his baton they have performed major works such as the Rachmaninov Vespers, Handel’s Messiah, Arvo Pärt’s Passio (St John Passion) and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man:  A Mass for Peace. They have recorded numerous CDs. In addition to the Cape Town Youth Choir, Leon conducted the St Cyprian’s Girls’ Choir and currently conducts the University of Cape Town Choir.  Leon taught choral conducting at the University of Cape Town College of Music from 2015 till 2018.

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