World-class university choirs from Yale and UCT will join in concert in a once-off performance at the Baxter Concert Hall on Wednesday 17 July 2013. The UCT Choir and renowned Whiffenpoofs of Yale University will perform excerpts from their respective repertoires, in a concert supported by the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) and the South African College of Music (SACM).

Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world’s oldest collegiate a cappella group. Founded in 1909, the “Whiffs” began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory’s Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. The group has become one of Yale University’s most celebrated traditions, gathering a notable audience including Ronald Reagan, George Bush I and II, Bill Clinton, Mother Teresa, and the Dalai Lama. The group has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, and for events such as The World SeriesSaturday Night LiveThe West Wing, and NBC’s The Sing Off. Under the baton of conductor Andy Berry the Whiffenpoofs perform throughout the year within the United States, and travel internationally during selected periods.

The UCT Choir is the most diverse musical group at the University of Cape Town. It is a fully student-run ensemble, welcoming students from every faculty and discipline, as well as alumni and external members. The fifty-person choir, currently under the direction of Kurt Haupt, was founded in 1985 and plays an active role in the musical life of Cape Town, also touring nationally. Singers and audiences are exposed to a rich variety of choral music from classical to contemporary genres, both sacred and secular. In 2010, the UCT Choir released its first CD, which featured music from its 25th anniversary year, and has since released two additional CDs.

The concert will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2013, at 20:15 at the Baxter Concert Hall in Cape Town. Tickets cost R60 (adults) and R30 (pensioners, students and learners) and are available through Computicket. For enquiries, please contact Casey Driver on 083 501 3737 or

List of works to be performed:

Operator (The Manhattan Transfer)
On Broadway (The Drifters)
Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez)
Rainbow Connection (Williams/Ascher)
Killing Me Softly (Fugees)
Ride the Chariot (African American Spiritual)
The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel)
Yale Football Fight Song Medley (Fenno Heath)
Down by the Salley Gardens (Irish Traditional)
When the Saints Go Marchin’ In (American Traditional)
Whiffenpoof Song (Kipling/Galloway/Minnegorade/Pomeroy)

UCT Choir
And so it goes (Billy Joel)
Till there was you (Meredith Wilson)
Jauchzet dem Herrn alle welt (Felix Mendelssohn)
An die Sonne (Franz Schubert)
Prayer of the Children (Kurt Bestor)
Double-Breast (Zulu traditional)
Emarabini (Zulu Traditional)
I’m a train (Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood)
O Magnum Mysterium (Morten Lauridsen)
Weeping (Dan Heymann and Bright Blue)

Start: 17 Jul ’13 8:15 pm

End: 17 Jul ’13 10:15 pm

Cost: R30 - R60


Organizer: UCT Choir

Phone: +27 83 501 3737


Venue: The Baxter Concert Hall

Address: Google Map Baxter Rd, Cape Town, South Africa