Drakensberg Boys Choir - Central
Experience the Drakensberg Boys Choir and a feast of choir music
at an international standard in the Central Drakensberg
Boys Choir School is a school near the small town of Winterton,
in the heart of the Central Drakensberg region. 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 cebtral Drakensberg 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 central Drakensberg deals available.
Castle Camp - The upside is that you are inside Giants Castle
Nature Reserve. The downside is that you are inside Giants Castle Nature
Reserve. You are as close as you can be to starting the hiking
trails but far from any of the other attractions available. And the
gate opening and closing times make early starts and doing anything after
sunset an impossibility. If you do decide to stay here opt for the self
catering option and make sure you bring your own food with you. Giants
Castle camp offers self catering and has a restaurant.
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
Guest Farm - Situated right in the Central Drakensberg in the
Champagne Valley this guest House offers a dinner bed and breakfast deal.
Also centrally situated this guest house makes for a special few days
in the Central Drakensberg. Ardmore is especially suited to families
with units that can accommodate 6 persons.
B&B winterton - This accommodation option offers hotair
ballooning in the Central Drakesberg. Also microlight flights and helicopter
flips are available. This B&B is convientinly situated to explore
all that the Central Drakensberg offers
End - Self Catering Accommodation in the Central Drakensberg.
Accommodation situated in the Central Drakensberg's Champagne Valley
in close proximity to the Drakensberg Boys Choir Scool. Wits end offes
4 sleepr self catering units, 6 sleeper self caterin units and 10 sleeper
self catering units.
Cottage - A perfect breakaway or stopover on your way to the
coast. Indulge yourself in this cosy, quaint and romantic accommodation,
between huge trees, abundant birdlife where peace and tranquility enfolds
you! Close to berg resorts for hiking, horseriding, golfing, arts and
crafts, restaurants and coffee shops. situated in Winterton
Bridge Hotel - The Bridge Hotel is situated in Winterton near
the Central Drakensberg Mountains. Winterton is a place of unspoilt beauty
with farms and austere mountain wilderness. The Bridge Hotel is a charming
country inn under thatch and a convenient stopover or holiday base for
tourists, nature lovers, businessmen and travellers. The Bridge Hotel
is on the alternative route to Johannesburg and Free State, 20 km off
the National highway.
Peak Hotel - Experience a relaxed family holiday, conference
or a romantic mountain getaway, the hospitable staff and management at
Cathedral Peak Hotel look forward to welcoming all guests to an unforgettable
Central Drakensberg experience. Set right in the mountains Cathedral
Peak Hotel also offers a 9 hole golf course and helicopter flights to
the top of the Drakensberg escarpment
Mountain Farm House - Prepare for some of the most fantastic
food you will ever eat. This farm house offers high class fine dining
near to Highmoor Nature Reserve. The rates are a pit on the pricy end
of the scale but hey you only ever live once. Especially if you are one
of those foodie types
Nature Reserve - Simple self catering challets in the Kamberg
Valley. Make sure you bring your own food as there is little available
nearby. Kamberg suffers the same issues as Giants Casle Camp with gate
opening times that make staying here sometimes inconvient. But if all
you want to do is stay in one place I cant imagine many better central
drakensberg accommodation option.
Nature Reserve- This is one of the best camp site gems thats
available in the Drakensberg. There are also a few self catering challets
which are in need of repair and a chronic revamp.