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Friday, June 30, 2017


A joyful and festive occasion. Break a leg, boys! (Review by Keith Millar)

Kearsney College’s celebrated Choir has for some time set the benchmark for school choirs, both locally and, for that matter, internationally. They can proudly call themselves world champions having been awarded 13 gold and six silver medals at the World Choir Games (the Olympics Games for Choirs) over the years.

They were awarded the “Prize of the City of Vienna” at the 33rd International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, as well as 1st prizes in various international choral competitions in Hong Kong, Germany and Austria. They were also invited to represent Africa at the Rhythms of One World Music Festival at the UN European Headquarters in Geneva.

Now they are about to embark on their bi-annual international tour, this time to Singapore to compete in the 10th Orientale Concentus Competition. And if their supper theatre concert at the school this week showcasing their tour repertoire is anything to go by, they should return with another bag full of trophies and medals.

Under the innovative leadership of the Director of Music at the school, Marcel Lombard, the choir displayed all the wonderful quality of sound and richness of tone one has come to expect from the Kearsney boys. There is little doubt that these youngsters want to sing and they do so with joyful exuberance, dynamism and energy.

The choir sings both a cappella and with accompaniment, with most of the supporting musicians also being pupils from the school.

Their repertoire includes both traditional and contemporary music. The Folklore segment of their repertoire is intense and dramatic and bursting with the rhythms of Africa and includes a bit of gumboot dancing and stick fighting. It is sure to win many friends at the competition.

Contemporary music items included superb renditions of songs such as Johnny Clegg’s Asimbonanga and The Crossing, Sam Smith’s Writing’s On The Wall, Calum Scott’s Dancing On My Own, Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic and George Michaels’ You’ve Got To Have Faith.

Matric pupil Alex Gibb was a very impressive as a soloist and he covered himself in glory while Head of School. Head of Choir Wandile Linda also featured strongly.

This supper theatre performance by the Kearsney choir was a joyful and festive occasion thoroughly enjoyed by an audience of family and friends who filled the school hall to capacity – and justifiably gave the choir a rousing, standing ovation at the end of the concert.

The Orientale Concentus Competition in Singapore awaits them - and they are sure to do themselves, their school and indeed their country proud. Break a leg, boys! – Keith Millar