It’s that time of the year when we prepare for the Old Mutual National Gospel Choir Festival in Namibia. It is an exciting period to look forward to and last year we kicked off with 25 choirs that participated at regional level and ultimately culminating in a grand finale event in Windhoek. We expect that this year’s competition will be even bigger and better.
This initiative is one of many initiatives that Old Mutual, through the Old Mutual Foundation is investing in. It is underpinned by our cardinal principle of being a Responsible Business and it is supported under one of the five pillars of responsible business, that of being responsible to the communities we serve. Through this Festival and other flagship projects, Old Mutual immerses itself deeper into the community activities in Namibia, ploughing a minimum of 1% of our after-tax profits annually, under the Old Mutual Foundation, back into the communities and environment in which we live and operate.
Our relationship with churches goes back to 2005 when Old Mutual and different churches in Namibia concluded a business relationship through the Scheme agreement. In 2016 this competition was introduced as a form to further building and consolidating our existing relationships. The competition is open to choirs from churches across the country that have a Scheme agreement with Old Mutual.
Through this Gospel Choir Festival, we encourage culture and reward choral excellence which also plays a role in the development of group and individual musical talents and careers. We created a platform where, as Namibians, we can celebrate our love for choral music and for the different churches to showcase their talent and passion for singing. During the competition, participating choir conductors and choir members will be given the opportunity to improve their skills and to learn from the best in the choral music industry.
I believe that this festival will cement Old Mutual’s closer relationship with our customers and the broader community we serve. I encourage all participating choirs to hold hands with Old Mutual in order to make this event a success year after year.
Group CEO - Old Mutual Namibia
TO TAKE PART IN THIS EXCITING COMPETITION, PLEASE DOWNLOAD YOUR APPLICATION FORMS AND THE COMPETION RULE BOOK HERE
2018 NGCF Application Form - Registration
2018 NGCF Application Form - Choristers
2018 NGCF Application Form - Auditioning Choirs