Suiderkruis Mis (Southern Cross Mass) blends South African cultures, languages and genres in joyous musical form. Local composer, André Strijdom, has interwoven a range of styles in his blended composition – from classical, to rock, easy listening, folk, and township jive – to create an exuberant musical experience. SATB voices are supported by orchestra and rock band, and overlaid by classical vocal quartet, and a honey-toned praise poet. The short, but intense Suiderkruis Mis, is sung in English, Afrikaans, Latin and isiXhosa, and the evening will be introduced by an instrumental ensemble.

The current Suiderkruismis company are made up of voluntary singers, musicians, and technical supporters from the Helderberg Basin, drawn together around a common purpose. The first presentation took place on Heritage day, and the Mass is now attracting an increased number of participants from all communities who enjoy making music together. There is still room for more singers and musicians to join in, but we also need a supportive audience.
Composer and conductor, André Strijdom, has made his work available to promote the diversity of music in the Helderberg, and also to raise awareness of the need for urgent psychiatric services in the Helderberg Basin. The Luhani Project is still in its early stages, but aims to work towards developing a Mental Health facility in the Helderberg, especially for those patients who cannot afford to pay medical bills. The concept was initiated by Dr Judith Ludwick, a psychiatrist and counsellor in the area. We can all do with a greater awareness of the need for appropriate mental health support. Our communities will be much healthier if we knew where to go for affordable psychiatric help.

Two performances of Suiderkruismis will be held at The Refinery, home of NewGen Church (13 Derrick Drive, Somerset West Business Park) on Thursday 16 and Saturday 18 November. Two more performances will be held at the new NG Lofsentrum, Dennehof Street, Gordon’s Bay, on Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 November. Tickets at R100 are available online through Quicket, or sms 083 564 7619.

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