Knowing Me, Knowing You — Ms Anél De Chavonnes Vrugt (née Van den Heever) [alumna]

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Instrument(s) / Discipline(s):
Piano, Pedagogy.

Period of study at the NWU School of Music / PU for CHE Department of Music:
2001-2004.

Qualifications completed at the NWU / PU for CHE:
BA Music (very sadly, two subjects short of BMus)

Qualifications completed elsewhere:
Short course completed for Kindermusik therapy (Klerksdorp).

Anél van den Heever

Notable professional achievements:
Still to come …

Current professional position / occupation:
Private music teacher (recorder, guitar and piano), Kindermusik therapist, and conductor/accompanist to the choir of 90 students of Laerskool Stellaland.

Anél van den Heever

Top 5 must-hear music:
1. Delibes — “Flower Duet” from Lakmé
2. Bach — Ave Maria Prelude No. 1 in C major
3. Jesus Culture — Rooftops
4. Newsboys — In the hands of God
5. Laurika Rauch — Nostalgie

Which personal music experience(s) are most memorable to you?
• Seeing my good friend, tenor Jacques le Roux, perform in the Linz Opera House in Austria in November 2014.
• Enjoying the music on a Sunday at the Hillsong London church while I lived there.

Anél van den Heever

Top 5 must-read books:
1. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
2. A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini
3. The Shack by William P. Young
4. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
5. Raaiselkind by Annelie Botes

Favourite quote(s):
• “May all that has been reduced to noise in you, become music again.”
• “Music is not what I do, it’s who I am.”

Top 5 must-see movies:
1. Shrek
2. Bridesmaids
3. The hand that rocks the cradle
4. August Rush
5. Monster

Which television show(s) can you watch over and over again?
The Blue Planet.

Favourite food:
Potatoes, chocolate.

Favourite drink(s):
Wine, coffee.

How do you relax?
Snorkle, wine, dine and read (and sleep!)

Family:
Married to Willem. Four-legged children: Domino, Mienie, Vincent.

Anél van den Heever

Which places would you still like to visit?
Russia, Scandinavia, Central America, Hawaii and Namibia.

Anél van den Heever

What are your funniest / fondest memories of your time at the Conservatory?
• Never actually starting class on the first day/week of the term (doing holiday work in the US and UK over December holidays), and then laughing about the variety of rumors that would spread about why I wasn’t there or whether I would return.
• Being the best in class at sight reading was always a good feeling.

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