The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir were named world champions in the Scenic Pop/Show Choirs category at the 10th World Choir Games in Pretoria on Saturday. Picture: Facebook
The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir were named world champions in the Scenic Pop/Show Choirs category at the 10th World Choir Games in Pretoria on Saturday. Picture: Facebook
St Mary’s DSG Kloof were crowned world champions in the Scenic Folklore category.Picture: Facebook
St Mary’s DSG Kloof were crowned world champions in the Scenic Folklore category.Picture: Facebook
Durban - KwaZulu-Natal schools were among the top performers at the 10th World Choir Games that are being held in Pretoria.

In total, 16000 singers in 300 amateur choirs from 60 countries are taking part in the Games.

The world’s largest competition for non-professional choirs is held every second year, and this is the first time the Games have been held in Africa.

There are two competitive sections: Champions (highest level of the competition for choirs that have already proven their proficiency at international level) and Open (choirs with no international experience). Within each of these there are 27 categories.

On Saturday, choirs gathered at the Sun Arena Time Square for an awards ceremony of the Champions Competition rounds in the first part of the competition.

Four South African choirs - including two from Kwa­Zulu-Natal - were among the winners.

The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, conducted by Bernard Krüger, won in the Scenic Pop/Show Choirs category, while St Mary’s DSG, Kloof Choir, conducted by Lindy van der Meulen, won in the Scenic Folklore category.

Drakensberg also obtained a gold medal in the Children’s Choir/Mixed Boys category and St Mary’s achieved a silver medal in the Scenic Pop/Show Choirs category.

Kearsney College, who participated in three categories at the Games, received two gold medals and one silver.

Under the direction of Marshell Lombard, the choir competed in three categories, winning golds in the Scenic Pop and Music of Spirit and Faith categories, as well as silver in the Scenic Folklore category. 

The Mercury