Local university choir ranked top spot

Members of the Stellenbosch University choir during one of their former performances. PICTURE: NANETTE EVENHUIS

The University Choir Stellenbosch has once again taken first place on the prestigious Interkultur World Rankings when this international organisation announced its latest rankings last week.

The SU Choir has been in first place on this ranking for amateur choirs since 2012. “I am so proud of my choir members. This recognition celebrates the exceptional dedication, enthusiasm and talent of our choir over the past 20 years,” says André van der Merwe, conductor of the SU Choir.

The mission of Interkultur, a global cultural organisation renowned for being the world’s leading organiser of international choirs and festival and organiser of the bi-annual World Choir Games, is to unite people of all countries, cultures and world views through song.

With a new repertoire of iconic local and international works, the choir will soon be hosting a gala concert in the NG “Moederkerk” in Stellenbosch on Saturday May 7 at 19.30 and on Sunday May 8 at 16.30 and in the Northern Suburbs at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Center in Parow on Sunday May 15.

Tickets for the performances are available online at, Quicket, but ticket sales are limited due to Covid-19 regulations.

The University Choir Stellenbosch is the oldest and most celebrated university choir in South Africa. It was founded in 1936 by William Morris.

Apart from scoring the top ranking the choir has had great success with their music shared on online platforms, at least four songs of their songs, have already exceeded the million views mark on YouTube.