NINE choirs will join the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra when it hosts its first Youth Choral Festival in the Palm Ridge New Apostolic Church in Bethelsdorp at 7pm tonight.
The festival is planned as an annual event involving youth choirs of Nelson Mandela Bay.
The choirs taking part will include Booysen Park, Cedarberg, Sapphire and St Teresa's primary schools and the NAC Children's Choir. Senior secondary schools Bethelsdorp and Chatty will also participate and as guests, members of the NMMU Choir and the Eastern Cape Children's Choir will lend their voices.
The EC Children's Choir, conducted by Lionel van Zyl, is about to depart on an overseas tour.
The repertoire will include Jabula Mkliziya Yam, Vat Jou Goed, Hear My Prayer, Lady Madonna and You'll Never Walk Alone.
The last item on the programme will be a massed piece sung by about 450 young voices conducted by Van Zyl.
Admission is free. For further information call the ECPO on (041) 581-7747.