Kearsney College choir are World Champions

2014-07-14 00:00

THE Kearsney College choir triumphed in the World Choir Games in Latvia yesterday, winning three gold medals and World Champion status.

The choir won gold in all three categories it entered — the Young Male Choirs, Scenic Folklore and Scenic Pop — as well as World Champion status in the latter.

In the Scenic Pop category, clearly a favourite with the boys, several jury members recorded their performance on their cellphones and were some of the first to give a standing ovation.

The Choir Games is regarded as the choir Olympics and is the largest competition in the history of choir music — attracting 27 000 participants and 460 choirs from 73 nations this year. Clearly crowd favourites, the 64-member Kearsney choir received standing ovations on several occasions.

The choir was also invited to represent Africa at the Games’ final Celebration Concert in a spectacular showcase performance, where one choir from each continent highlighted the music representative of its continent.

During the Games, the Kearsney choir was also invited to present a workshop on South Africa’s indigenous music, entitled “Voices and drums — a celebration of song, rhythm and movement”.

With its signature blend of classical, pop and indigenous music, the Kearsney choir has now won 12 gold and six silver medals at the eight World Choir Games held biannually since the inaugural event in 2000; and has been hailed as “a great showpiece of the Rainbow Nation”.

The boys’ colourful exuberance, energy and vigour, matched with top-notch musical performances, highlights all that can be achieved if differences are put aside and a common goal is sought, said Kearsney College headmaster Elwyn van den Aardweg. “The pride in African culture, the passion with which it is presented, and the obvious teamwork are inspiring. Their unity and harmony show in and out of performance.”

• The choir will perform at Kearsney on July 22 with the internationally acclaimed show choir Synergy from the United States. Booking is through Computicket.

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