Writer’s poem now a ‘unique’ carol

The Herald (South Africa) - - LEISURE -

PORT El­iz­a­beth writer Mar­garet Kollmer has had a poem of hers com­mis­sioned as a new Christ­mas carol in Cape Town.

The carol is ti­tled Christ­mas in Africa and it was com­mis­sioned by Cape Town’s new­est choir, VOX Cape Town, un­der the di­rec­tion of John Wood­land.

The carol, with words by Kollmer and mu­sic by Maike Wat­son of Cape Town, will pre­miere at two ser­vices of the Fes­ti­val of Nine Lessons and Carols in Cape Town this month.

“A record­ing of the ser­vice will also be broad­cast on Cape Town’s Fine Mu­sic Ra­dio, with an in­tro­duc­tion by well-known broad­caster Rod­ney Trud­geon,” Kollmer said.

The carol may be heard on Christ­mas Eve at 6pm on Fine Mu­sic Ra­dio at 101.3FM in Cape Town or on­line at fmr.co.za

“We spe­cially com­mis­sioned this work in or­der to ex­pand the lo­cal choral reper­toire,” Wood­land said.

“This carol sets the scene for a unique and lo­cally rel­e­vant cel­e­bra­tion of Christ­mas ‘un­der a South­ern sky’.”

Kollmer is a pro­lific writer who, as far back as 1970, joined up with the late Clem Tho­let, of Port El­iz­a­beth, to win the Best Folk Song cat­e­gory in the South African Song Writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

A past win­ner of The Her­ald’s Christ­mas “Very Short Story” com­pe­ti­tion, she moved to PE with her fam­ily in 1968, but later re­turned to her home town of Benoni.

Kollmer moved back to the Bay four years ago and now lives in Fairview.

FES­TIVE NOTE: The Vox Cape Town Choir

MAR­GARET KOLLMER

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