UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA CAMERATA
The University of Pretoria (Tuks) Camerata, which celebrated its 53rd anniversary in 2021, has received many national and international accolades through the years. The choir’s mission is to contribute towards the cultural development of the student body, to enrich the lives of the students and the broader community through choral singing, and to act as cultural ambassadors of the University of Pretoria. The Camerata falls under the auspices of The School of the Arts (Faculty of Humanities) and consists of 85 full-time students from a variety of study fields, including medicine, engineering, theology, law, education, economics, accounting, plant sciences and music.
In July 2017, Tuks Camerata successfully defended the title won in July 2014 when they were declared the winners of the prestigious Grand Prix of Nations for Best Mixed Youth Choir in Riga, Latvia. During the same month, the choir performed at the 11th World Symposium of Choral Music hosted by the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM) in Barcelona, Spain. In recent years, the choir has recorded three albums, namely Phoenix (2014), Love and War (2016) and Indodana (2017), all of which have been nominated for South African Music Awards and have received critical acclaim. Written in the Stars is their fourth album recorded under the direction of Dr Michael Barrett.
Cantate cordibus, cantata oribus, cantata moribus.
Sing with the heart, sing with the mouth, sing with life.