Stellenbosch University choir wins big at International Choir Games

2016-07-18 07:21

Sochi – The University Choir of Stellenbosch under the baton of André van der Merwe, was the biggest winner at the eighth International Choir Games held in Russia. The Games came to an end today.

The Choir won first places and gold medals in three categories. In the category for sacred á Capella, it got 92%; in the category for Spirituals 94%; and, in the category for contemporary music it got 98%. This is the highest point given in any of the 27 categories in which choirs competed over the last ten days. With this achievement, the SU Choir keeps its first place on the Interkultur list as best international non-professional choir – a position the Choir has been holding since 2012. 

A further bonus was the special CD contract for the coveted Choirs of the World series. 

The International Choir Games are held biannually and this year more than 300 choirs from 36 countries competed. This is the biggest choir competition in the world. Interkultur earlier announced that the ninth International Choir Games in 2018 will be in Tshwane, South Africa.

The SU Choir consists of 120 students and André van der Merwe has been leading the choir for 12 years. 

The Choir is expected to arrive at Cape Town International Airport in two groups – on Tuesday 19 July and Friday 22 July.

Watch a video of them singing here:

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