SAs foremost choirs rake in the gold in Cincinnati in the US in a feast of choral splendour.
Three South African choirs took part in the second week of the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio. They were Tygerberg Childrens Choir and Stellenberg Girls Choir from Cape Town and Kearsney College Choir from KZN.
Stellenberg Girls Choir, under the baton of Andre van der Merwe, were crowned double world champions, winning gold medals in the Musica Contemporanea and Music of the Religions Divisions. In the latter category they triumphed over Tygerberg Childrens Choir, who has to be satisfied with a second place.
It is absolutely heartwarming to see two excellent South African choirs obtaining first and second places in an international competition of such stature. Choir leader Andre van der Merwe is taking home a whopping four first places in this years World Choir Games, after Stellenbosch University Choirs mammoth win last week.
Tygerberg Childrens Choir, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year under the leadership of Hennie and Theresa Loock, also obtained second place and a gold medal in the Childrens Choirs division, losing by a very narrow margin of only 0,14% to the excellent Vocalista Angels from Indonesia.
In the Spirituals division, Tygerberg Childrens Choir ended in 5th place, against much older choirs. Stellenberg Girls Choir also obtained a fifth place in the Gospel division.
Kearsney College Choir under the baton of Bernhard Kruger won the Scenic Folklore category. Final results at this years World Choir Games: 4 South African choirs, 11 gold medals and one silver, 5 first places, 3 second places and two fifth places. Indeed a mean feat for our excellent musical export products.
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