KZN Youth Choir
South Africa’s oldest Youth Choir
The KwaZulu-Natal Youth Choir is a provincial choir in South Africa. We are a diverse group of around 80 choristers, conducted by Gerard’d du Toit; a conductor, composer and an exceptionally accomplished musician. The choir’s repertoire mirrors our cultural diversity and includes a range of classical, sacred and traditional African music. Being the oldest youth choir in South Africa, the choir was founded in 1967 by Mr. Hein de Villiers and has been open to the youth of KZN for over 50 years. Our choristers come from all over KwaZulu-Natal, including Durban, Empangeni, Ballito and Hermannsburg, to name only a few areas.
The KwaZulu-Natal Youth Choir has participated in numerous national and international choral competitions and has had the honor of winning many of those competitions. The last tour that the Choir participated in was the 13th Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in July 2019. This is Austria’s premier global youth festival which gathers young talent from all over the world to perform in Vienna. We were the only choir to represent the African continent, with other choirs coming from Australia, China, Taiwan and Brazil to name a few.
The choir did exceptionally well, obtaining ‘1st place with outstanding success’ in the Mixed Choir category. Part of the tour included performances in Croatia and Slovenia as they prepared for the competition. It is a once in a lifetime experience for the youngsters and creates memories that they will never forget.
The Choir never rests too long, and even with the world being thrown into turmoil with the Covid-19 pandemic, continue to practice and perform while social distancing. Technology has allowed the choir to keep on doing what they love from the safety of their homes, practicing and performing in virtual groups. These recordings have then been edited and compiled into stunning performance pieces which you are able to view on our Facebook page.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the KZN Youth Choir, please contact us here. Any help would be appreciated to give as many young people in KZN the life-changing opportunity to be a part of a choir, and to give these choristers the chance to experience an international tour.