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MEET THE VOXIES - T1: Paul Claassen

Q: What is your day job?

A: I am a Credit Risk Manager.

Q: How many years have you been singing in a choir?

A: This is my fifth year with Vox and before that, was it nine years at school.

Q: What has been your most memorable experience with Vox to date?

A: The Vox Euro Tour in 2019. All the impromptu performances in cathedrals and in squares and all the beautiful places we saw and visited was really amazing!

Q: What do you enjoy the most about being part of Vox?

A: The privilege of working with someone as brilliant as Franco. He creates lasting music that never fails to touch your heart.

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

A: Four and a bit years have given me too many options for this one. There have been many, but performing "Ek sal sterf en na my Vader gaan" in an Italian cathedral on our European tour in 2019 will forever stay with me. Listen to this video recording of us performing the work live in the St. Florian Cathedral in Linz, Austria. (This is the cathedral where Anton Bruckner has been laid to rest). Just click here to be mesmerized:

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

A: Bringing "Kruis van Liefde" to the people! As many people as possible need to hear this amazing work of art. Have you gotten your tickets yet!?

Q: In which Vox-Tet (our octets) are you?

A: I am a proud member of "The Fanny Mendelssohn Memorial Singers" #team_yellow 💛

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

A: The ability to put a child to bed without any drama and without fail.🤩

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

1. Reading - "The Stormlight Saga" by Brandon Sanderson;

2. Watching - This is us (if you can call 1 episode every 2 weeks "binge watching"...)

Q: Name another hobby/interest you participate in?

A: Cycling and raising two wonderful children.🥰

Q: Name a section in "Kruis van Liefde" that gives you goosebumps every time:

A: "XXIII: Hy hang voor my". The lyrics of this movement are so raw and honest. It brings out all the emotions. Listen to it here:

Get your tickets for 15 March, Kruis van Liefde, live at NG Universiteitsoord, Pretoria here. You do not want to miss this magical choral experience:

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: Austria. The mountains are breathtaking and I simply love everything about the country.

📸 Photo Credit: The beyond amazing, Yolandi Jacobsz - Loci Photography

Conductor and Composer of the Vox Chamber Choir: Franco Prinsloo Composer/Conductor

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