MUSICAL MILESTONES

2019

July 2019: There were many “firsts” at the series of three intimate recitals entitled “Flower Songs” presented at the UCT Irma Stern Museum. These included botanically-inspired music arranged by Matthew Dennis, the premiere of a brand-new choral piece (Caged Bird) by Nicky Schrire and unique disa origami designed by Timothy Povall of Timugami.

May 2019: For its first out-of-town recital, styled in the form of a musical autobiography, VOX shares its music with the Hermanus Music Society in the homestead cellar of the Bouchard Finlayson Boutique Winery in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

March/April 2019: In anticipation of its performance at the Norval Foundation, VOX hosts an open rehearsal and preview performance, both free of charge, to share their music more widely. VOX also entered into a special collaboration with Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos, who generously sponsored instruments for both performances.

2018

December 2018: For two months, our recordings are featured in the first Light Art Festival at Spier Wine Farm as part of an installation featuring “a series of choral soundscapes accompanied by light projections” on the bamboo forest

October 2018: Our largest and most collaborative musical project yet, Cape Town’s first performance of the “Stabat Mater” by Karl Jenkins, takes an audience of over 800 on “a choral and orchestral journey to solace”

August 2018: While some of our “extended family” of former singers join us for a performance to celebrate the re-opening of the Cape Town City Hall with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”), our main focus is a special concert hosted by the South African College of Music to celebrate the 90th birthday of local composer and pianist, Thomas Rajna

June 2018: VOX’s first “music video”, a setting by Grant McLachlan of a poem called “Molweni”, was commissioned for the Eco-Logic Awards 2018. It was screened in Tshwane on World Environment Day and later appears on YouTube

April 2018: Constantly looking to engage better with its audiences, VOX runs an extensive online survey to determine its listeners’ preferences; these responses were compiled into concert programme entitled “VOX Pops” which served as a fundraiser for a new community hall for St Andrew’s Church in Newlands

January 2018: For the second year running, VOX participates in the annual lecture-demonstrations of its patron, Dr Barry Smith, as part of the UCT Summer School in the Baxter Concert Hall; a week later, VOX presents Mozart on the same stage for the Cape Town Concert Series, “South Africa’s most prestigious chamber music and recital platform”

2017

December 2017: As part of a commitment to local choral music, VOX commissions and premieres a new work written by young Cape Town-based composer Maike Watson for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, with words by Margaret Kollmer

September 2017: VOX performs at the inaugural Cape Town Baroque Festival, commencing a fruitful relationship with local early orchestra Camerata Tinta Barocca

August 2017: VOX presents its first instalment of a unique pairing of wine and choral song, known as “ViniChoral”, at Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine-producing estate

April 2017: VOX signs a recording contract with local record label WooWi/CapeTown Sound to produce recordings for the local and global market

2016

December 2016: VOX is invited to record its Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols which is broadcast on Christmas Eve Fine Music Radio, beginning an important annual tradition

November 2016: VOX launches its most successful musical journey – “Trust the Silences” – which is described as “a mind massage of masterful sound – such delicious clarity of notes that resonated with every fibre of attention”

September 2016: The first concert in the “New Soundscapes” series, “A Tale of Two Tave(r)ners”, is held at VOX’s performance “home”, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

August 2016: VOX presents its very first public performance as part of the “In The Dark” series at the Youngblood Gallery in Cape Town

July 2016: VOX Cape Town launches its new identity and vision (“to invigorate local choral music through imaginative programming and staging to create intimate, immersive sensory experiences”) and announces its first series of performances for the coming year entitled “New Soundscapes”

2015

July 2015: VOX (then called “Vox Humana”) holds its first rehearsal