The choir consists of about fifty-eight choristers. Each is auditioned and then placed into one of two teams. These teams, Cantoris and Decani, are each headed by one of the two choir captains or Head Choristers. The boys thus learn not only to sing as a choir but also in parts, depending which part their team is allocated to sing. The teams, although singing as one choir, compete against each other to win the termly team prize.
The choir undertakes various engagements through the course of the school year. These include the “Magic of Music” Festival held each June, at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg, the termly musical soirées, leading the school singing at Masses and additional services of a non liturgical nature and school occasions such as the annual speech evening. A termly Evensong is sung in the school chapel, alternating with the Chamber Choir. The chapel is a uniquely wonderful singing venue, due to its glorious acoustic and organ, and thus, apart from services, is ideal for concerts and recordings.
The Choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), and international choral association with its headquarters in England, and as such then uses the “Voice for Life” programme in the training of the choristers. This helps the boys in working towards fulfilling the colours criteria where applicable. The choristers attend an annual camp, early each year at Parnassus Farm, where the year’s repertoire is rehearsed and the new boys made to feel at home. For more information please contact the Master of the Choristers.
The choristers for the chamber choir are drawn from the school choir by special audition. Mostly these singers are trebles able to manage a high vocal range. These boys sing a slightly more challenging repertoire and represent the school at a number of specialist singing functions, such as “Sing for Joy” Festival. For more information please contact the Master of the Choristers.