Boys from the John Tungay choir of South Africa have come to the end of a three-week singing tour of the United Kingdom.
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CU ZOOM OUT FROM Candle TO Choir singing Handel's "Messish" - "The Allelujah Chorus"
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Choirboy to choir singing South African song
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Background: Boys from the John Tungay choir of South Africa have come to the end of a three-week singing tour of the United Kingdom. With a packed repertoire and a full schedule, they have visited colleges, clubs, arts centres, hospitals and churches such as the St. Richard of Chichester Church in Three Bridges, near Crewley in Sussex, where they sang on Thursday (16 January).
The white boys from the Drakensberg Mountains give their performances in costume appropriate to the songs they sing. One of the main aims of their British tour is to raise money to help the formation of a Zulu boys choir from the Drakensberg region. Their repertoire ranges from the classical counterpoint of the allelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah to the traditional harmony of Zulu music, and they dress for each individual melody. At home in South Africa, many of the Choir's performances are given on horseback, for the John Tungay school also specialises in the training of pedigree Arab horses.
Formed eight years ago, the Drakensberg Boys Choir has become world famous. Last year boys from the school won the World Choir Festival in Israel.