This World renowned choir are neighbors to Wits End Mountain Chalets and their auditorium is only a short walk away. The school was founded by the Tungay family in 1967 with an inaugural intake of 20 boys.
Many stories abound about the early days, one humorous account is of Ma Tungay, a city dweller, driving a malfunctioning tractor with a large rock strapped to it’s side to counter balance a defective steering. Sadly the early generation have now passed away, but their legacy lives on in the trust that was formed to run the school.
The school today hosts about 120 boys, from the ages of 9 to 15, and students are of differing racial and social backgrounds with the main entry criteria being excellence of voice. The school is situated in the Champagne Valley, Central Drakensberg, an idyllic mountain background for this internationally acclaimed choir. They have performed, by papal request, for 25,000 people at the Vatican City and on their 25th anniversary received an award as one of the best boys choir’s in the world at the triennial World Boys choir festival in Poland. They have performed to packed audiences throughout the World and within Southern Africa.
The choir performs a wide variety of coral renditions ranging from Bach to Freddy Mercury, with a liberal sprinkling of traditional folk songs from both the African and Afrikaans cultures. .
In 1995 an auditorium with a seating capacity of 600 was completed and offers a magnificent venue for the choir and many other performers including other visiting choirs.
Guests to the Central Drakensberg can enjoy their weekly Wednesday afternoon concerts, held during term time when the boys are not on tour. The concerts commence at 3.30 pm.
The 2018 Wednesday concert dates:-
August-1,8,15,22 & 29.
October-10,17,24 & 31
Concerts start at 3.30 pm.
June 16- Youth day concert. Drakensberg Boys Choir In concert with Cincinnati Boys choir. 15h00-16h30 at the Ken Mackensie Auditorium.
The Drakensberg Boys Choir school also offer 2 music festivals each year “Music in the Mountains” in April, and Christmas in the Berg at the end of the year.
This years festival dates:-
Music in the Mountains- 27 – 30 April 2018.
Christmas in the Berg- 7-9 December 2018.
For on line bookings:- dbc.nutickets.co.za
Web site- www.dbchoir.com