Stellenbosch University Choir Beats 36 Choirs To Win International Choir Competition


The Stellenbosch University Choir (SUC) has won three gold prizes in the world’s biggest international singing competition in Russia.

The choir which consists of 120 students beat 300 others from 36 countries in the ninth World Biannual Choir Games.

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The amazing choir, under the baton of André van der Merwe, earned the highest scores of 92 percent, 94 percent and 98 percent in three categories – the highest score awarded in all 27 categories in the competition.

Stellenbosch University spokesman, Martin Viljoen said, “the choir won first places and gold medals in three categories. In the category for sacred acapella, it received a score of 92 percent; in the category for spirituals, 94 percent; and in the category for contemporary music, 98 percent”.

This is the highest score awarded in any of the 27 categories in which choirs competed in over the last 10 days.

With this landmark victory, the SU Choir has now won a special CD contract for the coveted Choirs of the World series as a bonus.

It has also retained its first place on the Interkultur list as best international non-professional choir – a position the choir has been holding since 2012.

Meanwhile, the outstanding choir is expected to arrive at Cape Town International Airport in two groups. The first batch would touch the shores of South Africa on Tuesday 19 July while the second batch will land in Mzansi land on Friday 22 July.

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Interkultur has announced that the ninth International Choir Games in 2018 would be held in Pretoria.

Stellenbosch University Choir is a choir attached to Stellenbosch University. Founded in 1936 by William Morris , it is the oldest choir in South Africa.

The choir’s current conductor, André van der Merwe, was appointed at the beginning of 2003.

The outstanding choir has toured overseas extensively and won critical acclaim for its performances. Remarkably, the choir is viewed as a leading South African choral ensemble.