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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

Celia van Wyk (Soprano 2)

"In 'n tyd waar die virus dit moeilik maak om konneksies te vorm het die koor dit vir my moontlik gemaak om diep bande te smee met my mede VOXies. Dieper as net vriendskappe. Wanneer die musiek ons meevoer is dit asof ons almal se harte op dieselfde ritme begin klop, ons gees dieselfde taal praat en ons saam vir 'n oomblik voor die hemelpoorte kan staan en die engelekore ervaar." - Celia van Wyk (Soprano 2) These pictures of Celia and her friend Geor Visser were taken at our

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

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

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: 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: 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: 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 - 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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