Drakensberg Boys Choir
Experience the Drakensberg Boys Choir and a feast of choir music
at an international standard
Drakensberg Boys Choir School is a school near the small town of Winterton,
in the heart of the Drakensberg mountain range in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The Drakensberg Boys Choir school educates the members of Drakensberg Boys
Choir. The school was founded in 1967 and claims to be the only choir school
in Africa. Enrollment is approximately 100 boys aged 9 to 15.
The the Drakensberg boys choir school
has a 600-seat auditorium constructed in 1995 and holds weekly concerts.
The Choir has toured the USA, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mauritius
and many African countries. The Mission of the Drakensberg Boys Choir School
is to prepare boys for life and leadership through excellence in music, academics,
sport and social enrichment in a Christian environment. There are two clearly
separate but at the same time closely related aspects of the Drakensberg
Boys Choir School.
There is the School itself and then there is the Choir,
and the one cannot operate independently of the other. It is this co-existence
that provides the Choir School with its unique and dynamic character. It
is a unique institution in that it is the only Choir School in Africa, and
there are probably very few other such similar musical / educational combinations
in the world.
The Drakensberg Boys Choir captivates audiences with its unique and diverse
style of music, which demonstrates the versatility and depth of the Choir’s
ability. This can be especially seen and heard with the recent addition of
more modern art music. The Choir is internationally acclaimed for its unique
African repertoire, containing various traditional works like 'Shosholoza',
and 'Night Sounds' where the boys imitate the sounds of the African Bush.
They also perform a ‘Gumboot Dance’, which originated on the
South African mines. Using authentic African instruments and body percussion
as accompaniment, the boys perform traditional African works as have never
been experienced before! The Choir also excels in music such as Handel’s "Messiah",
Mozart’s "Requiem", Bernstein’s "Chichester Psalms",
Bach’s "Magnificat", and many more works of this stature.
There are concerts most Wednesdays at 15h00 in the Auditorium at the School
during school terms.
Ideal accommodation options to visit the Drakensberg Boys Choir school
Guest House - Indeed a special find. One of those places
you wished you would have stayed longer where the accommodation, view,
location, service and food are just perfect. This is the nearest private
accommodation option near to Giants Castle and also offers one of the
best deals available.
Luxury cave lodge Experience something different and stay
in the only fully catered luxury cave in the Drakensberg Mountains. And
the luxury cave comes with a few special romantic options like a jacuzzi
spa bath and fireplace both in the bedroom. Whats more it opens onto
a deck with hammock chairs and a panoramic view not often experienced.
Guest Farm - While this guest house is a little further away
in the Champagne Valley it still a great option to stay when you visit
Giants Castle. Also centrally situated this guest house makes for a special
few days in the Drakensberg. Ardmore is especially suited to families
with units that can accommodate 6 persons.