Catholic School Scores at First World Choir Games in Africa
Among the 300 choirs from 59 countries at the 10th World Choir Games in Tshwane this month was award-winning Brescia House School Serviam Sisters Choir from Johannesburg.
The Brescia choir won a silver diploma in the “Open Competition: Young Children’s Choirs” category.
Their songs included “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho”, “Will There Really be a Morning”, “Clap Yo’ Hands” and “Mino”.
It was the first time the Brescia choir had participated in this event. “The girls went into the games with enthusiasm, aiming to share their talents, and make new friends. They were elated to win an award,” said Helga Bishop, the school’s head of marketing and admissions.
It was also the first time that the contest, aimed at amateur choirs from all over the world, was staged in Africa.
South Africa won the most prizes, with a total of 76 medals. China came second with 25 medals, followed by Russia with 17.
Interkultur, the organisation which stages the festival, in April declared South Africa’s Stellenbosch University Choir as the best amateur choir in the world.
The closing ceremony saw a colourful Parade of Nations, with choirs waving flags representing their countries.
The next World Choir Games will be held in 2020 in Antwerp and Ghent in Belgium.
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