First choirmaster of the Tukkie Choir celebrates 75th birthday
Mr Adolf Theron, the first choirmaster of the Tukkie Choir, recently celebrated his 75th birthday with Tuks alumni and former members of the choir. Oom Adolf is known as the grandfather of the current Tuks Camerata, and was choirmaster of the Tukkie Choir from 1968 to 1975.
Choir members who sang under the direction of Oom Adolf shared stories about the good old days and sang a few golden oldies together. Although most of the guests were already grey, their voices were still crystal clear.
Oom Adolf developed a love for choral singing while he was a member of the Hoërskool Sentraal’s choir in Bloemfontein. At the time he was appointed as choirmaster of the Tukkie choir, choral singing at universities was still a new thing, and they mostly sang religious and folk songs. Everyone agrees that he laid the foundation on which the current choir has been built.
Oom Adolf leads the choir members once more. Alumni of the Tukkie Choir at the celebrations