Knowing Me, Knowing You — Ms Anél De Chavonnes Vrugt (née Van den Heever) [alumna]
Instrument(s) / Discipline(s):
Period of study at the NWU School of Music / PU for CHE Department of Music:
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).
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.
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.
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
• “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:
3. The hand that rocks the cradle
4. August Rush
Which television show(s) can you watch over and over again?
The Blue Planet.
How do you relax?
Snorkle, wine, dine and read (and sleep!)
Married to Willem. Four-legged children: Domino, Mienie, Vincent.
Which places would you still like to visit?
Russia, Scandinavia, Central America, Hawaii and Namibia.
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.