One of the oldest and most celebrated choirs in South Africa is about to make history as the first South African choir to reach 4 million views on YouTube.
The Stellenbosch University Choir was founded in 1936 under the baton of William Morris. After him various conductors established the ensemble as an influential South African choir.
The Choir, an ensemble of approximately 80 – 100 voices, has won international acclaim through performances, concert tours, and participation in prestigious festivals and competitions.
And only a few of the students in the group actually study music!
The University choir is one of the most celebrated in South Africa with various awards from around the world…
At the World Choir Games in Bremen (2004) they won the category for Mixed Youth Choirs and in Graz, Austria (2008), they won the category for Musica Sacra.
During July 2010, the Stellenbosch University Choir took part in the 6th World Choir Games in China and won the categories Contemporary Music as well as Mixed Choirs. The Choir won the latter category with 95.75 points – 8 points more than the choir that came second and with the highest score of the whole competition.
Recently, the choir competed in the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. They won the Mixed Choirs and Musica Sacra categories with 93.50 points and 96.88 points, respectively and placed second in the Popular Choral Music category with 91.25 points. Not only was their score of 96.88 points in Musica Sacra the highest in the category, but also the highest score ever attained by any choir in any category at the World Choir Games.
And now they are on their way to becoming the first South African choir to hit 4 million views on YouTube with their Accapella version of ‘Say Something’.
Watch the incredible performance below: