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VOX CHAMBER CHOIR WELCOMES YOU

A Unique Experience of South African Choral Music


In 2017 composer, Franco Prinsloo founded the Vox Chamber Choir. A group of semi-professional and experienced choral singers dedicated to performing the original compositions of Prinsloo. In 2017 the choir released their first album: "Vox Novus: South African Choral Series Vol. 1" with original material by Prinsloo, Pieter Bezuidenhout and Zander Fick. In 2018 a second album followed "Speak to Me". The Choir participated in the World Choir Games - 2018: INTERKULTUR in Pretoria, South Africa and received a Golden medal in the Champion category of: Musica Contemporanea.

2019 was a busy and exciting year for the Choir. The choir collaborated with filmmaker, Willem van den Heever, in creating an award-winning short film based on Prinsloo’s composition: "Kom vannag in my drome". The film was awarded with various international films accolades. Furthermore, the Choir underwent a successful international concert tour to Europe for three weeks. At the 7th International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in Linz, Austria, Vox Chamber Choir again received a golden medal in the Champion category of: Musica Contemporanea. During this  European concert tour, the Choir performed in numerous renowned venues, including premiering Prinsloo's mass, "Missa Brevis 'San Marco'" in the famous Basilica San Marco in Venice, Italy. The Choir also collaborated with the University of Pretoria Youth Choir (UPYC) in 2019 in staging Franco Prinsloo’s multi-lingual choral fantasy, "Naledi - An African Journey" in the Aula Theatre at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

In 2020 two new albums were released: “You Are Beautiful” as well as the full soundtrack for “Naledi – An African Journey” on all major digital streaming platforms. The Vox Chamber Choir will perform Prinsloo’s newly composed Afrikaans Easter oratorio: “Kruis van Liefde” in 2021 and will be recording their latest repertoire to be released on all major digital streaming platforms.

The singers of Vox Chamber Choir are huge choral enthusiasts ranging from music teachers, lawyers, designers, florists, medical doctors and psychologists, to name but a few. They are dedicated and highly skilled choral singers, handpicked by the conductor. Vox Chamber Choir evokes a unique and professional choral experience for the listener.

 
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FRANCO PRINSLOO

Composer & Conductor

Franco Prinsloo (1987-) is an award-winning composer from Pretoria, South Africa. He creates in a diverse variety of contemporary classical styles with a specific focus on choral music, vocal music, and music for theatre.

He has been the Musical Director for the Nedbank Arts and Culture Trust Performing Arts Scholarships from 2014 to the present. In 2019 he received the prestigious Nedbank ACT IMPACT AWARD for Young Professionals.

For his soundtrack to the film, Wonderlus, Prinsloo was nominated for the prestigious Silwerskermfees award for Best Original Score in an Afrikaans feature film.

He is an active composer in the new music scene in South Africa. He has been commissioned by prominent choirs including The King’s Singers; Kammerchor | Vocalisti (Hans-Joachim Lustig) and the acclaimed overtone singer Anna-Maria Hefele; The Akustika Chamber Singers (Christo Burger); The University of Stellenbosch Choir (André van der Merwe); The University of Pretoria Camarata (Michael Barrett) to name but a few.

Prinsloo established and conducts the renowned Vox Chamber Choir in 2017. A semi-professional chamber choir with highly skilled choristers dedicated to perform and record his compositions. The Choir received a Gold medal at the 10th INTERKULTUR World Choir Games

in Tshwane, South Africa in 2018, and another gold medal at the 7th International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in Linz, Austria in 2019. During the Vox Chamber Choir’s concert tour in Europe in 2019, the Choir performed in notable venues and premiered Prinsloo’s new mass, "Missa Brevis 'San Marco'" in the Basilica San Marco in Venice, Italy.

His choral piece, Pula, Pula! (from his musical: “Naledi - an African Journey”), was commissioned by the NWU PUK Arts for the King’s Singers to be performed in 2017 during their South African concert tour. This composition also represented South Africa at the 2018 ISCM World Music Days in Tallin, Estonia, and was performed by Collegium Musicale under the direction of Endrik Üksvärav.

A selection of his choral music is published at Helbling Verlag (Austria) and available worldwide online.

Prinsloo composed a choral musical: "Naledi - an African Journey" which had its debut in February 2016 both at the South African State Theatre and at the Choralies Festival in France. The work was performed in April 2018 by the Cor di Juni Santa Christina in Val Gardena, Italy. Since the work has been numerously staged in South Africa and abroad with notable performances by the South African Youth Choir at the ArtsCape Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa, and performance and audio recording by the Vox Chamber Choir in 2019 and released in 2020. "Naledi an African journey" will be published worldwide by the publishing house: Helbling Verlag in 2020.

In 2018 he presented discussions and presentations about his own compositions for choir in collaboration with Helbling Verlag at the Europe Cantate in Tallinn, Estonia. Furthermore, Prinsloo co-presented a performance of new compositions for the viola at the 2018 International Viola Congress (ICV). Prinsloo presented new music for Harp and Soprano at the International Harp Congress in Hong Kong in 2017. In 2019 Prinsloo presented reading sessions and a lecture-recital at Chor.com in Hannover, Germany.

During the world-wide lockdown of 2020, Prinsloo created a project called Music for isolated musicians in which he challenged himself to write a solo miniature each day of the initial 21 days of lockdown in South Africa. These works were then distributed to musicians from all over the world, as an act of connection in a time of isolation. Collaborating on the project, Sonya Rademeyer made a sonic drawing of each of the performances.

Collaboration has been the focal point for Prinsloo in 2020, working with Sonya Rademeyer on various video installations, live drawings, installations, and community projects. These include Posthuman (National Arts Festival Fringe), Please forgive me (Pan African Cultural Exchange & ArtHarare), OM (Vrystaat Arts Festival), Prayer to the Young Moon (Vrystaat Arts Festival & 20/20 Entertainment in Containment), and Sonic Redress (Pan African Cultural Exchange & Vrystaat Arts Festival). The Art of Movement, another Vox Chamber Choir collaboration with filmmaker Willem van den Heever premiered in 2020 with Prinsloo’s composition Jonah’s Prayer as the focal point to this short musical film.​

The year 2020 also saw the release of film soundtracks for Wonderlus, Meisies wat fluit, a new collection of Afrikaans art songs with soprano Renette Bouwer called Nagliedjies, music to the arts and healing project Sonic: Re-dress as well as being featured on Piccolo Solo Globe Tour by renowned piccolo player, Snježana Pavićević.

Three of his compositions also featured in the groundbreaking interactive digital dance performance by Darkroom Contemporary called Deus::et::Machina

"Prinsloo assimilates and unites disparate traditions within his own idiom" - Paul Boekkooi, South African art critic.

 

MEET THE VOXIES

Voices of Gold

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HANNI VAN ZYL BEYERS

Soprano

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LOUIS LABUSCHAGNE

Tenor

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ANDRIES BRÜMMER

Bass & Organiser

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MARISSA LABUSCHAGNE

Soprano

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LIESEMARI DEWET

Alto

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PAUL CLAASSEN

Tenor

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DIRK OOSTHUIZEN

Bass

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HANLICA ERASMUS

Soprano

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JENET BRÜMMER

Alto

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WOUTER LABUSCHAGNE

Tenor

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WIEHAN HAVENGA

Bass

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MARYKE CRONJÉ

Soprano

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RENÉ PRETORIUS

Alto

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HERCULES VON MOLENDORFF

Tenor

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MARINUS CLAASSEN

Baritone

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ADINE JANSE VAN RENSBURG

Soprano

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MARELIZE HORNE

Alto

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TIAAN RAS

Tenor

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STEFAN VENTER

Baritone

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ELMIRIE KRUGER

Soprano

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MARI KAPAROS

Alto

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JACQUES NORTJE

Baritone

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MIA VERSTER

Alto

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SIMONÉ SENEKAL

Alto

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MARILIZE HATTINGH

Soprano

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STEFFIE LE ROUX

Alto

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RJ COETZEE

Tenor

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RUHANÉ ERASMUS

Soprano

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BERN GROENEWALD

Baritone

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ANJA POLLARD

Alto

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TRUDIE KRITZINGER

Alto

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CELIA VAN WYK

Soprano

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TRISTAN BAGSHAW

Bass

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MARNA BOSUA

Alto

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LIENTJIE SOTHMANN

Alto

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LIZKE KRITZINGER

Alto

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RIËTTE SCHÖNFELDT

Alto

 

Hercules von Molendorff (Tenor 1)

“Music is what tell us that the human race is greater than we realize.” ― Napoléon Bonaparte "The Vox Chamber Choir is a family. Every Thursday for 3 hours, we can forget about the world around us and enrich the soul with a melody. And through song, we find peace and harmony, even if it is just for those 3 hours. The past year and a half have been tough on everybody, but it is through the love and care of the people around you. That you realize that when people come together

Dirk Oosthuizen (Bass)

[VOX BALL - ELEGANZA EXTRAVAGANZA] "Die musiek wat ons in Vox sing is soos 'n klankbaan vir die lewe. Daar is 'n stuk vir elke ervaring - soms eerlik weemoedig, soms triomfantelik, hier en daar met 'n speelse ritme en dan weer die heerlikste harmonie. Dit gaan saam met jou tussen oefeninge en maak elke dag 'n bietjie mooier." - Dirk Oosthuizen (Bass) These stunning pictures of Dirk and his beautiful wife, Madelie were taken at our 2021 Vox Ball (Eleganza Extravaganza) by th

Chris Vale (Baritone) & Hanni Beyers (Soprano 1)

“Choral music is not one of life’s frills. It’s something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, our sense of community, and our souls. You express, when you sing, your soul in song. And when you get together with a group of other singers, it becomes more than the sum of the parts. All of those people are pouring out their hearts and souls in perfect harmony, which is kind of an emblem for what we need in this world, when so much of the world is at odds with itself…that

Adine Janse van Resburg (S2)

"Jy is nooit alleen nie ... altyd omring-omarm deur 'n KOOR van stemme ... wat, opbou, opoffer en opbeur! Elke stem, elke klank, vokaal, vreugde, frons en verrassing word saamgemeng om 'n lied, blink soos brons, te poets, soms telkemale na mekaar. Jou spanning, haar woelwaters, sy verlowing en hulle verdriet, maak saak, vorm die pols van die KOORhart. Wanneer klank met kleur en keur teen die plafon streel, teen die mure klots en woorde en note meng tot goue heuning-harmoni

Jacques Nortjé (Baritone)

"Nog my lewe lank is daar twee dinge wat vir my, bo alles, sielsgeluk gee; my familie en musiek. Musiek het 'n manier om elke emosie en elke gedagte van ons wese te verstaan. Familie skep weer 'n veilige omgewing waar ons hierdie emosies en gedagtes kan uitlaat, sonder die vrees van eensaamheid. Ek het van 'n jong ouderdom af myself omring met musiek, spesifiek deur koor te sing, maar soos ons ouer raak verander ons uitkyk op die lewe en verander dit wat vir ons belangrik is.

Carla Le Grange (A1) & Tristan Bagshaw (Bass)

"Choir has always been a safe haven, a place where you can unapologetically be yourself. There is no better feeling than sharing a stage with a group of amazingly talented people. Vox Chamber Choir reminded me of the beauty of being emotionally and spiritually connected through music. Where words fail, music truly speaks." - Carla Le Grange (Alto 2) "Making music feeds a part and fulfills me in a way that nothing else can. It is expression, purpose, balance, and relief. It s

Liesemari Dewet (A1) & Wiehan Havenga (Bass)

"Om koor te sing, spesifiek in Vox Chamber Choir, is vir my ‘n klein kosmos waarin ek myself mag wees, my mooiste klanke kan poog en kan sing tot eer van my Maker. Koorsang is ‘n refleksie van alles wat die lewe is: dankbaarheid, vreugde, ekstase, selfs intense hartseer, onverstaanbaarheid en soms net die gewone en die eenvoudige dinge. Koorsang het my die geleentheid gegee om my beste vriende te ontmoet, asemrowende plekke oor die wêreld te kon sien en die krag van musiek in

Marilize Hattingh (S1) & Stefan Venter (Baritone)

"Deur koor te sing ontbloot mens ‘n gedeelte van jou siel. Hier deur vind mens die mooi in die wese waaroor jy voorheen onbewus van was. Dán, wanneer verskillende siele se mooi bymekaar gesit word, is wanneer die onbeskryflike gebeur." - Stefan Venter (Baritone) “Ek kan nie dig of rympies maak nie Maar ek kan lees En dis genoeg Ek kan nie skilder of teken nie Maar ek kan sien En dis genoeg Ek kan nie komponeer of liedjies skryf nie Maar ek kan hoor En dis genoeg” - Ansa d

Marna Bosua (A2)

“You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.” - 🤸🏻‍♂️Marna Bosua (Alto 2) Marna is a Forensic Accountant 🕵🏻‍♀️ that hums all day and dances in the aisle of the grocery store if they play “lekker tunes”. Her right and left brain is always fighting for dominance 🥊 but this makes her life full of diverse and contrasting adventures 🧮📊📇 🎨 💃🏻🎭🎶 These pictures of longtime friends Marna and Theo, were taken at our 2021 Vox Ball (

Anja Pollard (A1)

"Kruis van Liefde staan kop-en-skouers uit in my koorloopbaan as ‘n piek-oomblik van verwondering, ontsag en ekstase. Die herhinnering aan Kruis van Liefde, sal ek altyd koester – nie net as ‘n ver-af onthou nie, maar as ‘n onuitputbare bron van geestelike voedsel in ons reis deur die wêreld onderweg na die Vaderhuis." - Anja Pollard (A1) The Full Video Production of the Oratorio, "Kruis van Liefde" is now available to stream and experience in your own home! Click here to get

Franco Prinsloo (Conductor | Composer) & Andries Brümmer (Manager)

"Having the privilege of managing such an amazing and talented group of people is the most rewarding experience ever! Creating a community where each Voxie is celebrated for their commitment, talent, and love for choral music gives me the greatest pleasure. Thank you Voxies for being part of all our crazy and out-there ideas and bringing your A-Game, each time when we perform." - Andries Brümmer (Bass & Choir Manager) "Every time I introduce a new composition to the choir, I

Jenet Brümmer (A1)

"Vox Chamber Choir: Dis wanneer geen kommersiële basdreun my meer beïndruk nie daar op vreemde plekke 'n stuk bladmusiek uitkom my kar konstant met halfvol waterbottels en 'n paar swart skoene besaai is my binnebaba my wakker maak met 'n liriese sopraanlyn my Sondae meestal met 'n "Missa Brevis San Marco" afsluit my huis nooit sonder 'n bottel Rietvallei is nie ek tenoorparte in die stort na-maak daar valswimpers en uitspattige oorbelle op my spieëlkas lê die lewe nooit geno

Elmirie Kruger (S2) & Marinus Claassen (Baritone)

"Koorsang is vir ons, om mekaar se oog op dáárdie moment te vang, en saam die emosie van die musiek te ervaar. Dit is die samesyn van glimlagte wanneer die harmonie sin maak, en dít alles beter maak. Dit is om impulsief hande te vat en ten volle jou hart uit sing.” - Marinus Claassen (Baritone) & Elmirie Kruger (Soprano 2) Elmirie and Marinus recently made Vox history when they became the first official choir engagement. We are proud to say that these lovebirds met in the ch