Bloemfontein Childrens Choir

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Biographies

Dr. Huibrie Verster

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Dr Huibrie VersterHuibrie's love for choir singing and the development of her skills in this field began during her early student years (1964 - 1967) while she was under the direction of Philip McLachlan.

Although her other great love while she attended Stellenbosch University was Afrikaans literature, Huibrie decided to focus on music and has since been a dedicated music educator in the world of choir music.

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Willie Venter

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Willie Venter (Patron, Director & choreographer)

ImageWillie Venter was born in Kuruman. In 1982 he left for Pretoria where his entertainment career took off. In 1994 he became a finalist in the Mr SA competition and used it as a steppingstone for his career.

Over the next 10 years, he worked in every genre of entertainment including dance, music variety, award shows and pageants i.e " Miss SA/Teen pageant" 2003-2005. He was stage director and choreographer of Huisgenoot Skouspel (a major event where famous South-Afircan artists perform together) 2000-2014. Other major success have been the "Egoli Roadshow" , the television production "7de Laan", "Best of boys", "Born in the RSA 2", "Melodies of love".

Since Willie started his company “The Producers”, his career took him into another road of success. The wide range of projects and productions choreographed and directed by Willie bear the testimony of his versatility and skill. Since he started, Willie has been entrusted with the very biggest of live television productions in the country.

  • He opened the Kora/Aids ceremony in Durban (December 1, 2005), broadcasted live across the globe.
  • Created the successful “Make the circle bigger” flash mob in Sandton during the 2010 “World Cup” as well as the Vodafone Flash mob in Ghana (2010).

Willie is involved with the Bloemfontein Children's Choir since 2012 and the Patron of the choir since May 2016.

His achievements can be summarized as follows:

MOMENTS 2016 - Director, Producer & Choreographer

SARU Awards 2016 - Choreographer

NAMA Awards 2015 - Choreographer
SARU Awards 2015 - Director/Choreographer/Co-Producer

4th July Fashion Show - Producer
Ghoema
Awards 2014 - Creative Director and Choreographer
Afriganza 2014 - Producer/Creative Director/Choreographer

SARU Awards 2014 - Producer/Creative Director/Choreographer

UD Truck Awards 2012-2014 - Director/Creative Director/Choreographer

Huisgenoot Skouspel (Skouspel Plus) - 2000-2014

“AS JY SING” feature film released November 2013 - Director/Choreographer

AFRIKAANS IS GROOT 2012-2013 - Creative Director/Director/Choreographer

Ghoema Awards 2013 - Choreographer

Shoprite Checkers Awards 2006-2013 - Choreographer

TUT Dance Season 2012 - Choreographer

F. Wilson Fashion Launch - Choreographer

Tempo Awards 2012 - Director

Women of the Year Awards-2009 - 2012 - Stage Director/Choreographer

Bloemfontein Children’s Choir 25 Reunion Concert in Sand du Plessis Theatre —Choreographer

Avusa Awards 2010 - Choreographer

African International Fashion Awards - Choreographer

You and Tempo (Huisgenoot) Awards 2005

Kaapse Jol 2007, Heroes

Willie worked with acclaimed camera director Julia Knowles from the UK as Stage Director for the 16th Annual South African Music Awards 2010 (VL Productions). Willie is still working with different companies, because of his sought after professionalism. Willie was Director of Kurt Darren’s Sama award winning live DVD 2008, as well as the creative force (Directing and Choreography) behind the mega successful Sama award winning DVD of Juanita du Plessis Platinum DVD, 2009.

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Anton Esterhuyse (Accompanist)

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Anton Esterhuyse was born in Kuruman and has been the music leader in the Dutch Reform Church Universitas in Bloemfontein since 2001. Besides being a pianist, arranger and composer, he also plays the flute and pan flute, as well as being a music director. His compositions include interesting combinations like, his Orrelfantasie for two organs and four players, Triangulum for organ, piano and four kettle drums, and Unibrom for nine motorcycles and an orchestra! A highlight for him was his performance with Rina Hugo, the Bloemfontein Children’s Choir and Unimus for which he directed and arranged all the music, as well as Coenie & Lucas in Simfonie during which Coenie de Villiers and the late Lucas Maree performed their compositions with a symphonic orchestra. As from January 2014 he is the accompanist of the choir. Anton is dong most of the arrangements of the music for the choir and a highlight for 2015 was his excellent interpretations, arrangements and musical directing of the concert of the choir with Laurika Rauch!

 


Upcoming Concerts


Concert with Martin Mans
on 17-10-2017 at 19:00
at Kroonstad East Dutch Reformed Chuech
takes place in
25 days 23 hours 25 minutes