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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: Which piece is your favourite that you have performed with Vox Chamber Choir?

A: "Droomreis" - Franco Prinsloo. This was our anthem of hope during the 2020 CoVID-19 Lockdown.

Q: What do you look forward to the most with Vox Chamber Choir?

A: Creating timeless music that can and will speak to people all over the world.

Q: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

A: Time travel! So many people to meet, places to see, things to experience, stories to hear!

Q: What are you reading/binge watching at the moment:

1. Reading - Truth: A Brief History of Total Bullsh*t by Tom Phillips;

2. Watching - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Q: Name another hobby/interest you participate in?

A: I am a big fan of board games, always enjoy learning and playing a new one.

Q: Name a section in a piece we perform that gives you goosebumps every time:

A: Currently: The section of "Kruis van Liefde" - Franco Prinsloo, where we sing about how Christ was truly innocent, yet was crucified for our sins.

And from a previous piece, "Ek sal sterf en na my Vader gaan" - Franco Prinsloo, a section where the entire choir pauses and then sings in unison: "Vriende, mede sterwendes".

Q: List 3 things on your bucket list:

1. Traveling every road (or almost every road) in South Africa. I love exploring our country!

2. Visit just half of the amazing places that tell our human history, places I have always read about and now also teach about.

3. Finally read all the books I own before buying new ones (this will likely never happen).

📸 Photo Credit: JP Hanekom (

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