The Libertas Choir was established in January 1989 to promote a spirit of trust and unity in a country characterised by divisions.

Highlights

1989: After groundwork by Women for South Africa, the first rehearsal takes place in the Jannasch Hall in the Conservatory for Music at the University of Stellenbosh on Thursday 13 April.  The first performance is during evening service of the Vredelus D.R. Congregation, Bellville on Sunday 15 August.  The first full concert takes place in the Nassau Centre, Groote Schuur High School, Newlands, on Thursday 9 November.
1990: A performance in aid of Childcare is held in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.  A concert, arranged by Women for South Africa, in the State Theatre, Pretoria, is remembered for the audience standing up spontaneously when N’kosi Sikelele is sung at the end of the program as an encore.  A TV documentary about the choir is broadcasted in the program Antenna.  The choir performs during morning service in the VGK, Koue Bokkeveld.  Six performances of the Messiah, by Händel, are offered in the Western Cape.
1991: Transnet becomes the choir’s official sponsor.  Performances at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, in Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Stellenbosch are given of the Mozart Requiem as well as the choir’s a cappella repertoire.  The choir performs in the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, at an administrators function.
1992: The Missa Criolla, by the Argentinian composer Ariel Ramírez, is performed at Oude Libertas Amphi Theatre, Stellenbosch.  A concert is held at Hewat College,Athlone.  Händel’s Messiah is performed in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch as well as at the Grahamstown Arts Festival.
1993: Ein Deutsches Requiem, by Brahms is performed at the Grahamstown Arts Festival as well as in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.  Concerts are held in the UNISA Auditorium and the State Theatre, Pretoria.
1994: Just after midnight on 27 April, the choir performs our  National Anthem live on television at the flag hoisting ceremony, Cape Town, signifying the birth of democracy in South Africa. Performances take place at Hewat College, Athlone, in the open air at  Kirstenbosch, Cape Town and at the Grahamstown Arts Festival. Concerts are held in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch , in aid of the Mfuleni orphanage, as well as in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. The choir performs Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah in the Welgemoed Dutch Reformed Church and in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.
1995: At the first Klein Karoo Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, the choir performs their  a cappella repertoire in the Kango Caves, as well as Mendelssohn’s Elijah in a church in the Bridgeton coloured  community. A performance is given at the Rugby World Cup function in honour of Danie Craven in the Stellenbosch City Hall. The choir performs at an ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging) function in Goudini, with Pres Nelson Mandela in attendance, who afterwards insists to be introduced to and have a friendly talk with each of the choir members. A concert is held in the Endler Hall in aid of the Durbanville orphanage. The choir performs  at a World Wild Life Fund function at Nederburgh, Paarl, with Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in attendance. Performance at Commonwealth Health ministers conference, Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.
1996: The choir undertakes a European concert comprising the respective countries France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and England, sponsored by Transnet, with in particular performances at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in the Grossmünster church ,Zurich, in Marlborough House, London for the Duke of Kent and other dignitaries, as well as singing the Our Father prayer in Afrikaans at the midday service in Westminster Abbey, London. The choir performs  at the Stellenbosch University Honorary Doctorate ceremony for Pres Nelson Mandela, Endler Hall,Stellenbosch, during which he spontaneously rises from his seat  and starts dancing in front of the choir during their rendering of  the Xhosa song Bawo Thixo Somandla.
1997: The sponsorship by Transnet of the choir comes to an end, upon which  Mediclinic successfully launches, and takes the lead in a fundraising campaign to establish a substantial trust fund in order to ensure the choir’s  further existence. Performances of Händel’s  Messiah are presented at Bridgeton church during the Klein Karoo Festival, Oudtshoorn, and in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch. The choir performs  in the Anglican church ,Athlone during morning service. Christmas concerts are given in Atlantis and in the  Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.
1998: The first performance of Die Pad na Jerusalem, a medley of spiritual songs as traditionally sung by the Cape Coloured congregations, takes place during morning service in the VGK, Vredendal.  The choir performs during morning service in the Morawian Church, Langa.  A concert tour is undertaken in Belgium with performances in Brugge, Brussels, Antwerp and other venues.  The performance in Dendermonde is broadcasted on the Flemish channel on Belgium TV.
1999: The Choir enters into a formal agreement/association/commitment, that lasts until 2009, with the University of Stellenbosch.  The Choir performs during an evening service in the Volkskerk, Stellenbosch.  A concert tour to the USA is undertaken, with performances in the Riverside Church, New York City, in the National Cathedral, Washington DC, as well as at Harvard University and Trinity Church in Boston.  A Christmas concert is held in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.
2000: Mendelssohn’s Elijah is performed in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.  The choir performs during a morning service in the VGK, Tulbagh.  Throughout the choir’s existence such performances were done at at least 12 other VGK congreations in the Western Cape Provence.  The choir also performs at an international cardiology conference at Spier Estate near Stellenbosch.
2001: The choir performs during the Woordfees in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch. A concert, arranged by MediClinic, is held at Paul Cluver farm near Grabouw. A performance at the EFSA (Ecumenical Foundation of Southern Africa) congress, Fismer Hall, Stellenbosch.  The choir gives a recital during a Daimler/Chrysler function in the Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, where former president George H Bush and spouse is in the audience.  A performance together with Pieter-Dirk Uys is given in the Cape Town City Hall in aid of Mrs Elita de Klerk’s welfare organisation.  The choir sings in the Endler Hall during Prof Andreas van Wyk’s farewell-as-US-Rector function.  The choir takes part of a morning service at the AME Church, Kleinvlei.  The choir undertakes a concert tour through Germany as guests of the EKD (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland), thanks to initiatives by EFSA.  Performances are given, amongst others, in Tutzing on World AIDS Day which is broadcasted on German Television and to the Bundespräsident Johannes Rau and his guests at his official residence Schloss Bellevue in Berlin.
2002: Performance in Studentekerk, Stellenbosch at inauguration of the new US rector Prof Chris Brink. Perform Brahms Requiem with CTSO in Cape Town City Hall and Endler Hall, Stellenbosch. Performance for Huguenot conference, Endler Hall, Stellenbosch. Performance  during morning service in VGK church, Piketberg. A performance is held at the Military Academy, Saldanha, followed by a concert in Diazville coloured community. Christmas concert at La Motte wine estate, Franschhoek.
2003: Perform during morning service in Velddrif VGK church. Concert in AME church, Kleinvlei. Participate in Choral Bonanza, ArtsCape,Cape Town. Perform Händel Messiah in Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.
2004: Perform at Stellenbosch University honorary doctorate ceremony for Pres Thabo Mbeki in Endler Hall. Concert in aid of Catholic church welfare organisation in Cape Town City Hall. First performance of Lungile Jacobs’s Messa da Boa Esperanza, with movements in each of South Africa’s eleven official languages, in Endler Hall, Stellenbosch. Concert tour through Netherlands in celebration of the new Dutch translation of the Bible, with highlights including the performances  in De Doelen auditorium, Rotterdam, with Queen Beatrix in attendance and in the Dom church, Utrecht.  The tour extends through Germany as guests once again of the EKD, thanks to the initiatives of EFSA, with noteworthy performances including the ones in Tutzing, fully televised, and in the Reichstag, Berlin on the German Volkstrauertag, in remembrance of the tragic consequences of military conflicts, televised live throughout Germany, and attended by German parliamentarians and other dignitaries, in particular Bundespräsident  Horst Köhler.
2005: Perform in Endler Hall, Stellenbosch for gathering of Vice-Chancelors from throughout Africa. Concert at La Motte Wine Estate, Franschhoek, televised as part of documentary on choir by German television. Performance for International Dental Conference in the CTCC, Cape Town. Mendelssohn’s Elijah performed in Endler Hall. Perform during morning service in VGK church, Robertson. Concert in AME church, Kleinvlei, in aid of their building fund. Perform at Groot Constantia function celebrating the 320th  anniversary of the South African wine industry. Christmas concerts in Mitchell’s Plain and Endler Hall.
2006: Concert for EFSA conference, Arabella, Kleinmond. Concert in Lutzville, followed by performing at morning service in the VGK church of the neighbouring coloured community in Ebenhaezer. Perform at Die Burger Christmas concert for charity, ArtsCape, Cape Town.
2007: Perform at official opening of Kleinmond Mthimkulu Village. Ariel Ramírez’s Missa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra with Amanda Strydom performed at Oude Libertas Amphitheater, as well as at Klein Karoo Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, where choir also gives recital from its a cappella repertoire. Perform in Kruiskerk, Stellenbosch at induction ceremony for the new vice-chancelor, Prof Russel Botman. Perform the Verdi Requiem in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch. Performance in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Ecumenical Centre for Christian Spirituality, Endler Hall, and attended by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
2008: Performs at the State Banquet in Tuynhuys, Cape Town, given by Pres Thabo Mbeki in honour of the state visit to South Africa by French Pres Sarkozy.  A concert in Yzerfontein followed by a performance during morning service in the VGK, Darling.  Performances in the Genadendal Moravian Church as well as the Lutherian Church in Cape Town in aid of the Cape Town Orphanage.  Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil is performed in the St Georges Cathedral, Cape Town, and in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.  Christmas Concerts are given for the PSG Group in the Endler Hall as well as for the La Motte wine estate in the DR Church, Franschhoek.
2009: The musical drama Jericho is presented at the Oude Libertas Amphi Theatre as well as at the KKNK, Oudtshoorn.  Performance is held in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch, to celebrate the US Seminary’s 150th anniversary.  The choir release its 7th CD titled ‘XX’ to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
2010: Performs at the Woordfees gala concert in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.  Performs in ArtsCape for the Ford Foundation.  A concert in Goudini, followed by a performance during morning service in the VGK, Goudini.  A performance in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch, at the introduction of the University’s Hope Project.  Performs Bach’s Mass in B Minor in the Toringkerk, Paarl, as well as in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.
2011: Performs at the Woordfees in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch, with a concert titled “Van Bach tot Bos“.  Performance in the US Seminary Auditorium for African deligates at the Gender Equality Conference.  A concert in aid of Labour Ministeries in the Strand Town Hall. A performance in the Calvinist Lutheran Church, Athlone.  Two performances of “My story, my song” in Oude Libertas Amphi Theatre.
2012: Performance on luxury liner Seabourn Quest in Cape Town harbour. Mozart Requiem performed in Endler Hall, Stellenbosch, and in Toringkerk, Paarl. Concert in Methodist Church, Mbekweni. Concerts in AME Church, Kleinvlei, and for PSG Group in Endler Hall. Performance at Christmas Service in the DRC Moederkerk, Stellenbosch. Concert tour through Germany as guests of the EKD, once again as result of initiatives by EFSA. Particular highlights being a performance in the Französische Dom, Berlin, during a Christmas service attended by over 200 German parliamentarians and other dignitaries, as well as a performance for Bundespräsident Joachim Gauck and his staff in his official residence Schloss Bellevue, Berlin, and a joint Christmas concert with the Berliner Liedertafel male voice choir in the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, Berlin.
2013: Perform Ariel Ramírez’s Missa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra with Amanda Strydom in Oude Libertas Amphitheater, eventually doubling the number of performances for the year from two to four by public demand. Performance for students,from across the African continent,of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) at the US Kweekskool auditorium. Concert at Root 44 venue,Audacia,Stellenbosch.
2014: Perform Stabat Mater by Karl Jenkins at Oude Libertas Amphitheater, and in the DRC Moederkerk, Stellenbosch. At the Klein Karoo Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, two more performances of Missa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra with Amanda Strydom, followed by a sold-out performance in the Park DRC Church of a choral recital titled “Stellenbosch Libertas Choir: 25 years“. On 13 April 2014, celebration at Lourensford, Somerset West, of choir’s 25th birthday.