Kearsney choir ambassadors do their country proud

Kearsney College Singapore tour 2017. Photo: Facebook.

Kearsney College choir brought home two gold trophies from the 10th Orientale Concentus International Choir festival in Singapore and planted them firmly them on South African soil at King Shaka international airport yesterday.

The 55-member strong choir won gold in the Folklore category and achieved the highest score overall of 92.2 and a Grade 1 gold.

They also came second in the Equal Voices category scoring 81.3.

The choir was the only competitor from the African continent.

To the rousing sounds of “Shosholoza”, the KwaZulu-Natal contingent with strong North Coast ties entered the domestic arrival’s lounge stirring up the pride and passion for our country.

Among those from Ballito, Salt Rock and Richards Bay are Emil Loubser, Amnene Mthiyane, Jens Otto, Mhleli Khuzwayo, Tim Bean, Matthew Bemporath, Wandile Linde, Mhlonishwa Zulu and others.

One of the boys in the Kearsney College choir – MhlonishwaZulu and Nombuso Mthethwa.

Currently the choir is the second most highly decorated choir in the world having being awarded 13 gold and six silver medals at the World Choir Games between 2000 and 2014 as well as many other awards.

Tour mom Emily Stockil-Smith said she could not be prouder of the boys.

“They handled themselves with tenacity and spirit.

“The capacity to handle any setback was highlighted best in the manner in which they responded to getting stuck in a lift for an hour and 45 minutes just before they were due to perform. They responded with courage, humour and grit having had to rush across town and make the performance  with 10 minutes to spare”.

“This to me was the highlight of our tour,” she said.

Kearsney College director of music and choral conductor Marshell Lombard said he believes “the bar has definitely been raised” counting “passion to be the best that they can at what they do” as one of the contributing factors to the group’s success.

Describing the journey from preparation to participation, mother Sarah Bemporath said “Our boys have shown not only are they uber talented, proud, tenacious but are united in achieving the goal they set out to achieve.

“Follow our boys as they prepare for the World Choir games in Pretoria next year. They are going to make KZN, SA and Africa prouder than ever”.


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Heidi Gibson

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