Celebrating the joy of performing on stage again after a two year Lockdown, the KZN Youth Choir were in fine voice this week performing with visiting Missouri State University Chorale (who are on a South African tour) and Kearsney College Choir, at a one off Choral Music Concert in Kearsney Chapel which played to an enthusiastic (Covid compliant) capacity audience.
Kearsney College, in the heart of 1000 Hills, is known for its fine music department and proactive choir, under the baton of choir master and respected Director of Music Bernard Kruger, who is also Artistic Chief at the KZN Youth Choir.
The 30 women KZN Youth Choir singers proudly wore brand-new bespoke Zulu beaded necklaces made especially for them by beaders at the Woza Moya economic empowerment project at Hillcrest Aids Centre.
The necklaces were gifted to the choir, sponsored by the proactive 1000 Hills Community Tourism. “We welcome any public opportunity to showcase the creativity we find in 1000 Hills,” says Jane Candow, Marketing Director with 1000 Hills CTO. “The choir, emerging after lockdown, in need of the focal point of their performance costume made by the community crafters at Woza Moya was a win:win opportunity for us,” she said. “We are proud that at every public concert at which the KZN Youth Choir is performing, the work of Woza Moya can be seen in all its glory.”
The necklaces were made a group of 20 community crafters who all live in the hills. A very traditional design was chosen to celebrate our universal heritage and culture.