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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

 

Meet the Voxies: Hanni Van Zyl Beyers (S1)

Meet our Scintillating Soprano: Hanni Van Zyl Beyers​ #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: I am currently busy deciding what I really want to be now that I have grown up. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: More than 25 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: A performance of “Ek sal sterf en na my Vader gaan” in Italy during our 2019 Vox tour of Europe, when the audience was extremely moved by our performance even thou

Meet the Voxies: Lizke Bouwer (A2)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: Lizke Bouwer #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Music Teacher. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 6 months. #newbie Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: While shooting the video for "Somerkersfees" (a stunning arrangement of the song by Koos du Plessis made by Franco Prinsloo); we had an amazing moment where we spontaneously looked each other in the eyes. We blessed each other with the beautifu

Meet the Voxies: Maryke Cronjé (S2)

Meet our Scintillating Soprano: Maryke Cronjé #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Dentist. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 11 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: I loved performing "Lotus" by our conductor, Franco Prinsloo and filming our music video for "Somerkersfees". Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: I love that we can share our passion for music with each other and our audiences. S

Meet the Voxies: Jacques Nortje (Baritone)

Meet our Brilliant Baritone: Jacques Nortje #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Regional Sales Manager at Rietvallei Wine Estate. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: Since I was in Grade 1. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: My first concert with the choir at Nazreth House, Pretoria in February last year (just before the National Lockdown here in South Africa) Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: Kno

Meet the Voxies: Riëtte Schönfeldt (A2)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: Riëtte Schönfeldt #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: I'm studying for my Teachers degree in Ballet. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 13 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: The Vox Protea Ceremony last year. (For those who do not know what I am talking about, it is a secret...) Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: The family aspect thereof and being able to make mu

Meet the Voxies: Mari Kaparos (A2)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: Mari Kaparos #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: I am a Medical Doctor. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: Mmmm, atleast 10 years. I have been singing since Primary School on and off. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Our Vox Secret Santa / Year End Function last year and being able to sing and record in "The Palace of Justice" in Pretoria. Both were very special events for me. Q: What do you

Meet the Voxies: Stefan Venter (Baritone)

Meet our Brilliant Baritone: Stefan Venter #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Civil Engineer. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 12 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: The 2019 - Vox European Tour. Breathtaking cathedrals, picturesque scenery and moving performances shared with a crazy bunch of people more commonly known as "Voxies". Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: The passion, love and

Meet the Voxies: Marilize Hattingh (S1)

Meet our Scintillating Soprano: Marilize Hattingh #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Ward Pharmacist. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 23 Years. 😳 Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Making our latest music video: "Somerkersfees" by Franco Prinsloo at our Vox Year End Function last year (What a party!). Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: Being able to be part of a family with a common goal! F

Meet the Voxies: Mia Verster (A2)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: Mia Verster #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Architect. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 8 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: The filming of our "Somerkersfees" music video at our Vox Year End Function last year. The intensity of shared emotion was completely overwhelming. To look someone straight in the eye and sing your heart out together is soul-baring. Q: What do you enjoy the

Meet the Voxies: Louis Labuschagne (T2)

Meet our Terrific Tenor: Louis Labuschagne #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Teacher/Supportive Counselor (aspiring Clinical Psychologist). Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: Around 12 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: My first rehearsal with Vox. Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: The music and sense of community. Q: Which piece is your favourite that you have performed with Vox Chamber

Meet the Voxies: Simoné Senekal (A1)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: Simoné Senekal #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Architect. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 2 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Our Friends and Family Concert - 2020. What a special concert! Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: The Vox Tribe is a home for your heart - full of music, love and beautiful people. Q: Which piece is your favourite that you have perf

Meet the Voxies: Wiehan Havenga (Bass)

Meet our Brilliant Bass: Wiehan Havenga #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Neurotechnologist. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: Since primary school! Its an integral part of my life. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Our "Somerkersfees" video shoot was an extremely intimate experience which I will treasure for years to come! Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: The awe-inspiring individuals I get

Meet the Voxies: Celia van Wyk (S2)

Meet our Scintillating Soprano: Celia van Wyk #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Forensic Accountant. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: About 15 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: When we performed "Op die negende uur" (a section from Franco Prinsloo's newly composed Oratorio: "Kruis van Liefde") at our recent Friends and Family Concert in December 2020. (It was my first concert performing as a proud Voxie). Th

Meet the Voxies: Tiaan Ras (T1)

Meet our Terrific Tenor: Tiaan Ras #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Entrepreneur; Brand Psychologist. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 40 years (with a few weekends off here and there). Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: I have two that stands out: 1. My late father (who suffered from dementia) attended one of our "Naledi - an African Journey" - Franco Prinsloo, performances in 2019. Nothing will ever beat his glow

Meet the Voxies: Liesemari Dewet (A1)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: Liesemari Dewet #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Occupational Therapist working in adult neuro rehabilitation. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 24 years (since grade 1 and I've never stopped ever since). Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: "Sirkel-Sang" in a candlelit church building when we welcomed the new Voxies. Everyone's faces were somewhat hidden in the shadows, but we all shared

Meet the Voxies: Bérn Groenewald (Baritone)

Meet our Brilliant Baritone: Bérn Groenewald #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Lawyer. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: Thirty one years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Our Christmas feast, where our "Somerkersfees" video was recorded. I experienced a truly remarkable sense of cameraderie, as one often does when singing in a choir and establishing life long bonds. Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part

Meet the Voxies: Anja Pollard (A1)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: Anja Pollard​ #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: I’m a Creative Arts Therapist. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: I’ve lost count! More than thirty years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Eating “vetkoeke” at a Shoshanguve tavern during the World Choir Games - Tshwane 2018: INTERKULTUR. Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: Getting to know wonderful people that I proba

Meet the Voxies: Marissa Labuschagne (S1)

Meet our Scintillating Soprano: Marissa Labuschagne #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Landscape Architect. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: Three years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Singing our conductor, Franco Prinsloo's "Missa Brevis San Marco" in the Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy during our 2019 - Vox European Tour. Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: Forgetting about every

Meet the Voxies: Tristan Bagshaw (Bass)

Meet our Brilliant Bass: Tristan Bagshaw #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Software developer. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: Around ten years on and off. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Our photoshoot in the Palace of Justice and video recording day where we recorded "Somerkersfees" and "On the Holy Night". Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: The people and the moments we make with th

Meet the Voxies: René Pretorius (Alto 2)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: René Pretorius #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Industrial Psychologist specializing in Medico-Legal Consulting / PhD-student. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: Six or seven years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: The 2019 - Vox European Tour. A very special tour-moment for me was our performance in the breathtakingly beautiful Peterskirche, in Vienna, and the whole choir swimming toget