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Ambassadors in Harmony

The Team

 

Conductor

Hendrik D Loock has been the conductor since the establishment of the Choir. He was a member of the University Choir, under the direction of Philip McLachlan, during his student years at the University of Stellenbosch.

 

He is often asked to give lectures on choir coaching or to adjudicate at Eisteddfodau and national and international choir festivals.

 

In recognition of his achievements, both local and international, he has received many awards, including gold medals from the City of Bellville and the Teacher's Association (ABSA Award), the John Preiss Medal from the Excelsior Primary School, a Tygerberg Eisteddfod Medal and the Excelsus Award from the De Kuilen Primary School. In addition, he has also received addresses from the FAK, the ATKV and the Voortrekkers, as well as certificates of merit form the Mayor and Junior Mayor of Kuils River and the South African Teachers Union. In Borja (Spain) he and the choir have received awards.

 

To remain at the forefront of the latest developments in choir singing, he attended international symposiums in Sydney (1996) and Rotterdam (1999).

 

Hendrik D. Loock is also conductor of the senior primary school choir of Curro Private School in Durbanville. His excellent prowess as choir leader is of immense value with the recording of CD's, which have been praised in many a review. He is also part time lecturer in choral leadership at the University of Cape Town. He concentrates on the use of the voice as natural instrument, which is honed to a homogenous quality of unity with a sensitivity for pitch placement, use of breath control and the uniform use of mouth form. In order to obtain clarity of text and musical meaning a lot of emphasis is placed on sound texture and nuances of the voice. In order to always keep the programme interesting, Hendrik D. Loock endeavours to perform works of diverse nature and to cover all genres.

 

Accompanist

Theresa Loock (née Crous) is the current accompanist. She is a talented musician and has been the organist at a number of churches and has been the piano accompanist for a number of singers and choirs. She was a music teacher at De Kuilen Primary School and was also responsible for the Junior Choir, which has been a category winner at numerous Eisteddfodau. Theresa is also well known for her choral arrangements, which are in great demand by local and international choirs.

 

TCC Management Committee

 

A Choir Committee assists the conductor and is responsible for the administration, tour and general arrangements.

 

  • Hendrik D Loock: Choir Leader
  • Charl van Heyningen: Chairman and Public Relations
  • Bredell Brink: Vice Chairman and Treasurer
  • Annerie van Eeden: Secretary and Friends of the Choir
  • Juan Rossouw: Tour Leader
  • Karina Erasmus: Music and Clothing
  • Marina Quarmby: Clothing
  • Minau Wegner: Catering and Auditions
  • Jermaine Hartley: Fundraising and Tour Assistance
  • Jeremy Fortune: Fundraising and General Assistance
  • Mariette Botev: Deputy Secretary and General Assistance

 

Assistant Coaches

Karina Erasmus, Annatjie Brand, Bardine Bell, Antoinette Nel, Annerie van Eeden and Madri Gerber.

 

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