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 though they couldn’t understand the words. Our conductor, Franco, even started to become visibly emotional as the whole moment was so magical.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox?
A: To be able to be my own true self and do what I love, singing and making music, with people who accept me just as I am.
Q: Which piece is your favourite that you have performed with Vox Chamber Choir?
A: This is really difficult. There are many... If I were forced to choose one it would be “Ek sal sterf en na my Vader gaan” - Franco Prinsloo.
Q: What do you look forward to the most with Vox Chamber Choir?
A: To see, during applause between songs, how we have truly moved audience members to tears by touching their souls for a moment through music.
Q: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
A: To control time - to be able to pause, rewind and slo-mo it as I wish.
Q: What are you reading/binge watching at the moment:
1. Reading - American Gods by Neil Gaiman;
2. Watching - Just finishing re-watching “Breaking Bad”, but this time with my oldest son.
Q: Name another hobby/interest you participate in?
A: Playing the piano, reading, colouring, playing Beat Saber on VR with my youngest son, listening to true crime podcasts.
Q: Name a part in a piece we perform that gives you goosebumps every time:
A: The ending of “Lotus” - Franco Prinsloo where we repeat the same line of music over and over again becoming softer and more intimate and personal before it fades away.
Q: List 3 things on your bucket list:
1. Seeing the Northern Lights;
2. Seeing a wolf in the wild or being able to interact with a tame one;
3. Visiting the Dujiangyan Panda Base near Chengdu in China where I’ll be able to interact with the pandas.
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