On 24 June, the Kearsney College Choir jetted off to America to compete in the World Choir Games in Cincinnati. The 64-member choir from Botha’s Hill made visits to New York and Washington before travelling to Cincinnati.
Story: Sam Goldswain
The choir was privileged enough to be representatives at the ‘Rhythms of One World’ choral festival in New York at the end of June, where they had outstanding reviews.
After the festival the choir had the honour of performing at the opening concert at the headquarters of the United Nations, celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter. The Choir had a rave review in the New York Times, which mentioned their traditional Zulu numbers.
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Before leaving New York the boys had a live performance on Good Morning America where they performed in New York’s Times Square, bringing pedestrian traffic to a standstill.
Kearsney College then travelled to Washington where they performed at South African Embassy-hosted concerts. The Choir, who so far appeared as crowd favourites, performed in two categories in the Choir Games. Their first performance was in the category of Music of the Religions, where they scored 82.86% and a gold medal. The most outstanding news of all came from the second category that the boys performed in, Folklore, where they scored 90 points and another gold!
Shouts of joy and pure excitement from the boys engulfed the performance hall and South African flags were brought out and our National Anthem was sung. The boys really made their school proud as well as their country.
Well done to all the Kearsney College Choir boys and to Bernard Kruger, the choir master, for all the hard work, time and effort they have put into this tour. The choir has put many people in awe and made countless people proud.
For more about the Kearsney College Choir and their journey, click here