The Kearsney College Choir has become synonymous with vibrant, energetic performances and slick, professional productions. With its signature blend of classical, pop and indigenous music, the choir has built up a large international following of appreciative supporters.
Founded in 1921, Kearsney College is a private boarding school for boys in Botha’s Hill, a small town between the provincial capital of Pietermaritzburg and Durban, in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.
The Kearsney choir boasts a long list of accolades, including 13 Gold medals and 6 Silver medals at the World Choir Games (the Olympics for Choirs) between 2000 and 2014. The choir was 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.
At the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati, USA (July 2012), the choir was crowned World Champions in Scenic folklore for the third time. At the World Choir Games in Latvia (2014), the choir won the Scenic Pop category and won the Champion title once again, as well as gold medals for the Folklore and Young Male Choir competitions.
The choir undertakes an international tour every second year. Recent tours include Germany/Netherlands (2004), China/Hong Kong (2006), Austria/Greece (2008), Japan/Taiwan/China (2010) and the USA (2012). In 2014 the choir was invited to represent the African Continent at the “Rhythms of One World” Music Festival at the UN European Headquarters in Geneva, as part of their European tour of Switzerland and Latvia.
The Kearsney College Choir performed their world famous “rainstorm” along with Toto’s “Africa” at the Pop Choral category in the World Choir Games 2008. The choir consists of school boys (aged 13 -18) currently attending the College and the video has recently been revived and is being shared all over social media.
Watch the video below:
And below is a more recent performance from the incredible choir: