Top school choir wins world gold

2008-07-23 00:00

Elated members of the internationally acclaimed Kearsney College Choir returned home yesterday with three gold medals and a silver they won at the fifth World Choir Games that ended in Austria at the weekend.

The games are the largest in the history of choir music, with over 400 groups from 93 different countries competing.

Angela Stevens, director of music at Kearsney, said there was enormous pressure on the choir, which has twice been crowned Olympic Champions.

This year it competed in four categories, winning gold in the Scenic Folklore, Popular Choral Music and Music of the Religions categories and silver in the Mixed Boys’ Choirs section.

The choir has developed a versatile repertoire, including sacred, secular and ethnic music and gumboot dancing.

Stevens said in the build-up to the games, the choir competed in the Summa Cum Laude Competition in Vienna as the only representative of the African continent.

It also performed at a choral fireworks display, a live television show and at the games’ gala concert.

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