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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: Our composer & conductor - Franco Prinsloo

Meet our Creative Conductor: Franco Prinsloo #Vox_Tribe Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: I had an intense emotional experience conducting my setting of Breyten Breytenbach's poem: "Ek sal sterf en na my vader gaan" in the Chiesa di S.Maria Assunta Cathedral in Breganze, Italy. The choir sang so beautifully and it felt like I connected with every single singer on a very spiritual, and meaningful way. It was as if I fully understood the text

Meet The Voxies: Paul Claassen (T1)

Meet our Terrific Tenor: Paul Claassen #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Credit Acquisitions Manager. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 12 years (I think). Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Singing our conductor, Franco's composition: "Ek sal sterf en na my vader gaan" in the Chiesa di S.Maria Assunta Cathedral in Breganze, Italy. The whole choir was like one big emotional amoeba. It was amazing. Q: What do you enjo

Meet the Voxies: Hanlica Erasmus (S1)

Meet our Scintillating Soprano: Hanlica Erasmus​ #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: A Teacher. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: Since I was 7, so 20 years! 😱 Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Singing: "Ek sal sterf en na my vader gaan" - Franco Prinsloo for the first time. A poem by famous South African poet, Breyten Breytenbach. Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: Singing with my sister and h

Meet the Voxies: Carla le Grange (A2)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: Carla le Grange #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Claims administrator for an Insurance Broker. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: On and off for about 15 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: When our conductor, Franco, said that I passed the audition. ☺️ Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: Being part of a group of experienced singers that share my love and passion

Meet the Voxies: Wouter van Wyk (T2)

Meet our Terrific Tenor: Wouter van Wyk #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: 'n Dominee. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: Since the beginning of creation. So for about 28 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: The "Kruis van Liefde" rehearsals. All of it. Every moment! Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: Having something to look forward to on every Thursday. Q: Which piece is your favourite tha

Meet the Voxies: Elmirie Kruger (S2)

Meet our Scintillating Soprano: Elmirie Kruger #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Marketing & Communication Specialist at Afrivet. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 22 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Every experience is memorable in its own way! Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: Making music with friends. Q: Which piece is your favourite that you have performed with Vox Chamber Choir?

Meet the Voxies: Andries Brümmer (B2)

Meet our Brilliant Bass and Manager: Andries Brümmer #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Labour Lawyer. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 7 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: When we were shooting our "Somerkersfees" music video, end of last year, at our "Vox Year End Function" - while we were singing the work the moment was so intense with love and electricity that the whole choir spontaneously took each other'

Meet the Voxies: Marinus Claassen (B1)

Meet our Brilliant Baritone: Marinus Claassen #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: History teacher. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: About 8 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Definitely impromptu singing in accidentally discovered churches and cathedrals while on our 2019 Vox European Tour. Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: The energy and joy of making music with like-minded people. Q: W

Meet the Voxies: Hercules von Molendorff (T1)

Meet our Terrific Tenor: Hercules von Molendorff #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Unfortunately not a Chorister (I am in Finances). Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: At least 10 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Our premiere of "Lotus" by our conductor, Franco Prinsloo, in the ZK Matthews Great Hall, UNISA. Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: Being able to create heavenly music with som

Meet the Voxies: Ester Neeb (S2)

Meet our Scintillating Soprano: Ester Neeb #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Legal Consultant. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: Most of my life - although there was a break in my mid 20's for a few years... So very excited to be back at it! Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Hopefully there will still be too many to count! #vox_newbie Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: At the beginning of a ne

Meet the Voxies: Jenet Brümmer (A1)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: Jenet Brümmer #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Accounts Controller. 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 release and making of "Somerkersfees" - Franco Prinsloo, in December 2020. Creating something so pure and sending it into the world was very humbling. Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: Being part of something bigger -

Meet the Voxies: Wouter Labuschagne (T2)

Meet our Terrific Tenor: Wouter Labuschagne #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Landscape Architect / Farmer. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: Since the first day of primary school, “Juffrou” Otto was our choir conductor. I believe that is where my love for choir music all started. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: I had the privilege to tour with Vox in 2019 as a non-choir member. Experiencing the choir from the aud

Meet the Voxies: Lientjie Sothmann (A1)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: Lientjie Sothmann #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Teacher and Head of Culture at a high school in Centurion. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 5 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: The "Vox Sorting Ceremony" of new members was a very special and unique way to introduce the Voxies in their respective voice groups and Vox-Tette (#die_wille_wolgang_minnesangers BO!), as well as the vid

Meet the Voxies: Adine Janse Van Rensburg (S2)

Meet our Scintillating Soprano: Adine Janse van Rensburg #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: A few side hustles and creative endeavors. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 10 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: I have a few memorable experiences. I especially reminisce about our 2019 Vox European Tour, where beautiful sounds filled age-old Cathedrals. Here one would experience complete unity with the choir, our con

Meet the Voxies: Marna Bosua (A2)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: Marna Bosua​ #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Forensic Investigator. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: Vox is my first choir experience and what a gift! But I've been singing for the most part of my life. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Performing for our friends and family in an intimate concert end of last year. My parents drove 360 km to see us perform. Yip, they are the best! ❤️ Q:

Meet the Voxies: Steffie Le Roux (A2)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: Steffie Le Roux #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: I am a life lover, that's my day job. And if nobody else is looking, I am also a freelance actress/singer, and a drama teacher. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 15 years in choirs and ensembles. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: I think the first chord we as a choir sang together, that moment I realized...It feels good to be here. Q: What

Meet the Voxies: RJ Coetzee (T2)

Meet our Terrific Tenor: RJ Coetzee #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Mining industry consultant. 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: At the famous "Vox Bar Choir", where I realised I needed choir in my life again. Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: The therapeutic practice sessions. Q: Which piece is your favourite that you have performed with Vox Cham

Meet the Voxies: Marelize Horne (A1)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: Marelize Horne #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Teacher, Dental Practice Manager, Caregiver, Jack of all trades. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: Since forever...Since I can remember......!!! Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: I must say, the 2019 Vox European Tour - singing in those ancient Cathedrals and on the most memorable stages. What an incredible feeling!❤️ Q: What do you enjoy th

Meet the Voxies - Ruhané Erasmus (S2)

Meet our Scintillating Soprano: Ruhané Erasmus​ #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Teacher. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: 17 years. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: The epic Vox Sorting Ceremony! It is a special ceremony where new singers gets sorted into their respective voices groups and their Vox_Tette. #fanny_mendelssohn_memorial_singers Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox? A: The fact that

Meet the Voxies: Trudie Kritzinger (A1)

Meet our Astonishing Alto: Trudie Kritzinger #Vox_Tribe Q: What is your day job? A: Medical doctor for small humans - Pediatrics at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg. Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir? A: School choirs, varsity serenades and 1 year of Vox. Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date? A: Singing “Somerkersfees” and “On that Holy Night” by our conductor, Franco Prinsloo in the "Palace of Justice", Central Pret