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Monday, June 18, 2018


(The Kearsney College Choir)

Booking has opened for the last opportunity to see the internationally acclaimed Kearsney College choir before they leave for the National Arts Festival and the World Choir Games.

Under the direction of Marshell Lombard, the SOULdiers of the DRUM performance of Scenic Pop and Folklore will unveil the choir’s inspiring repertoire for the upcoming World Choir Games tour.

The Kearney choir has been awarded 13 gold and six silver medals at the Games since 2000; and last year at the 10th Orientale Concentus International Choral Festival in Singapore it won gold in the two categories in which it competed.

The choir has a growing international following, with supporters in the USA, Asia, Europe and the rest of Africa; and has been hailed as a great showpiece of the Rainbow Nation. It’s not the traditional ‘school choir’, but an amazingly vibrant group of boys who perform their signature blend of classical, pop and indigenous music.

The choir’s National Arts Festival performances will take place in the Thomas Pringle Hall in Grahamstown on June 30 at 10h00 and 20h00, and on July 1 at 10h00 and 13h00.

The World Choir Games is the ‘Olympics for Choirs’ and is the world’s largest competition for non-professional choirs.  It is held every second year, the last having 15,000 participants from 352 choirs across 61 nations. 

This year’s Games will take place in Tshwane during July, with the theme Various Voices, One Harmony. It will be the first time the Games having been held on the African continent.

The two performances of SOULdiers of the DRUM take place this Wednesday and Thursday (June 20 and 21) and will be in supper theatre format. Food and drinks will be on sale at the school’s venue, but those attending are also welcome to take their own food and refreshments.  The shows start at 19h00 and doors open at 18h00.

Booking is only through Computicket. Kearsney choir supper theatres traditionally sell out quickly.