It was with great anticipation that we set off to Genadendal on the morning of the 3de of June.  This was AFTER most CCK participants wrote an very early exam.  Thank you very much to their schools, teachers and Headmasters for assisting us in making this possible.  Our Cool Classic Kidz came from 9 different schools!

Ambre Minnaar – Bosmansdam Primary (violin)

Chante  Daniels – Rhenish Primary (violin and ballet)

Jean Botha – Monte Vista Primary (bassoon)

Emilio February – Milnerton Primary (xylophone)

Juvan Steenkamp – Panorama Primary (sound engineer)

Rone Roux –  Hendrik Louw Primary (voice)

Lisa Brits – De Tyger Primary (harp)

KB Ko – Western Province Preparatory School (piano)

Chanson Hoffman – The Settlars High School (trumpet)

We had a perfect,  sunny day in Genadendal.  When we arrived at the Emil Weder High School, the grade 12’s was still writing their exams.  Thank you also tho this school and their staff for writing early and clearing the Hall for us to use.  We presented an hour workshop during which time each CCK Kid had the opportunity to tell the learners more about themselves and their instruments.  All the CCK Kidz were amazing even though they were a bit nervous.

Ambre, Lisa, Juvan, KB, Chante, Rone, Emilio, Chanson and our two puppeteers on the steps of Emil Weder High School Genadendal.

Ambre, Lisa, Juvan, KB, Chante, Rone, Emilio, Chanson and our two puppeteers on the steps of Emil Weder High School Genadendal.

After the workshop the CCK Kidz was treated to a lunch at the Oak and Vigne restaurant in Greyton.  Ruby and Sunelle kept us all entertained with their very funny “acting”  skills.  The bond formed between the CCK Kidz and their parents was very pleasing to experience as it was the first time that we were all together.  On that Note (pun intended) – I would like to thank the parents who tranported the CCK Kidz to all their rehearsals at The Stage and to Genadendal.  Your support made it easy to arrange this wonderful event.

At Oak and Vigne restaurant

At Oak and Vigne restaurant

After lunch we went to the beautiful Genadendal Moravian Church to set-up and rehearse for our performance at 18:00.  Our show started slightly late as there was a wedding at the church just before six.  The whole church was filled with concert supporters as the bride entered for her wedding.  It was such an amazing experience. As the wedding party left Coenie Visser (Festival Director)welcomed all and introduced the show.  A special mention is to be made of the very professional, well run weekend of Classical music that Coenie so passionately put together.  Thank you!!!!

Coenie Visser (Left) with Marian Lewin (cellist), her husband and Given Nkozi at Oak and Vigne

The show was enjoyed by both audience and CCK Kidz performing alike.  Mario Nell’s accompaniment of the CCK Kidz contributed to an very musical and professional performance. CCK Kidz you did us proud!

CCK Kidz performing


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Rone singing her own composition!

The programme the Kidz performed and info about each one:

Cool Classic Kidz Programme


Ambre Minnaar        (violin)         Moonriver by H Mancini

Ambre is 11 years old and a learner at Bosmansdam Primary School.  She studies violin with Laurika Steenkamp. She enjoys singing and is a very diligent musician and plays chess at her school she has performed at numerous concerts.  Her electric violin is partly sponsored by Musiekwereld in Bellville.

Jean Botha    (bassoon)              Catwalk by Pam Wedgewood

Jean Botha is 12 years old and in Grade 6 at Monte Vista Primary School. He plays bassoon and has been a student of Carin Bam at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Center for the last 2 years. He also loves cricket and rugby and he sings in the Monte Vista Senior Choir. He is member of the Junior Wind Band at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre and has received trophies for bassoon at the Tygerberg and Stellenbosch Eisteddfods.


Chante Daniels       (violin)         Concerto in G by O Rieding


Chante Daniels started violin at the age of 6.  She is a Gr 6 learner at Rhenish Primary School in Stellenbosch where she studies the piano with Mrs Ina O’Reilly. She studies both the violin and recorder at the Johnman’s Music School in Stellenbosch with Maryke Lintvelt and Rosanne Goosen respectively. She is also a member of the Senior Choir, Orchestra and an A-team Hockey player at school. Chante is a keen ballet dancer and is affiliated to the Stellenbosch Ballet Association.



Kwagbem Ko           (piano)                 Sonate in F Major by D Scarlatti


KB is an 11 Year student and has already achieved many awards in Music. He has won many trophies at Eisteddfods for both violin and piano. In 2010 he passed his Royal Schools Grade 4 piano exam with distinction, he won 1 trophy at the Cape Town Eisteddfod for piano solos, 3 trophies at the Tygerberg International eisteddfod as well as a bursary for best 10 years and under (for the second year in a row). He also participated in the Sanlam National Music Competition where he made it to the Semi-finals (violin). KB is a piano student of Adri van Wyk.


Lisa Britz      (harp)                  Drifting Snow by  William T. Cameron      


Lisa Britz has been playing harp since 5 years old and has won numerous cups at Eisteddfods. She was the category winner at the Sanlam National Music Competition in 2009 and won the Hennie Joubert Prize for Unisa Grade 2. She played as soloist at the Hugo Lambrecht’s Concerto Festival in 2010. Lisa is a student of Me Jane Theron at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre. Lisa is a member of the Tygerberg Children’s Choir.


Emelio February  (xylophone)         Concerto in D by A Vivaldi

Emilio February goes to Milnerton Primary and is 13 years old. He loves music and art and is very intelligent. He hopes to become a musician/artist in the future. Emilio is a student of Ms Suzette Brits and the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre.

Rone Roux     (vocal)         Forever Free by Rone Roux

Rone is 13 years old and was born for the stage.  She plays piano, organ and violin but singing is her passion.  She has been composing her own music from the age of 10.  Her dream is to become an opera singer and play Christine in The Phantom of the Opera.  She is a music student of Andre Strijdom (piano) and Ronelle Hoogenhout(church organ).

Chanson Hoffmann    (trumpet)      “Chanson for Trumpet” by Jay W. Gilbert.

Chanson Hoffman is currently a trumpet student at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre and receives tuition form Yvonné-Marie Brand. He is the first Trumpet of the Junior Wind Orchestra.   Chanson also excels in sport.  He took part in the Tri-score Rugby tournament in Durban.  He was awarded “Sportsman of the Year” as best achiever at Pinedine Primary in 2010.

Juvan Steenkamp      (sound engineer)

Juvan Steenkamp is 11 years old.  He is a learner at Panorama Primary School.  He has been assisting MusicatWork with live sound since the age of 6.  He is also an avid golfer and rugby player.  His love for music and sound engineering stems from growing up in MusicatWork studios.   He is trained by Henk Steenkamp and assisted today by Kyle Ramsden (sound engineer MusicatWork).

Puppeteers: Ruby Smith and Sunelle van Schalkwyk

Ruby and Sunelle are both full-time drama students at The Stage Performing Arts School in Durbanville.

The Stage Performing Arts School

The cast was directed  and trained by Sophia Wessels, Head of Drama at The Stage and script written by Adele Rix, co-owner of The Stage and skilled in Musical Theatre Choreography, Scriptwriting, Songwriting and Directing.

Lifesize Designs

Louis Niemand, Creative Director and owner of Lifesize Designs was the talented puppeteer responsible for the designing and making of our two puppets (Milan and Lilo).


Mario Nell     Accompanist

Mario Nell is lecturer in organ, piano and harpsichord at the University of Stellenbosch. He studied at the universities of Port Elizabeth, Stellenbosch and Cape Town where he completed his MMus Performers degree in 1998. He then furthered his studies under Zsigmond Szathmary at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. Mario was the overall winner of the National Youth Music Competition in 1991, the Oude Meester Music Prize in 1993 and the Mabel Quick Music Prize in 1995. He received first prizes at numerous competitions, e.g. the National ATKV Prelude (1990 and 1991) and Forté (1994) Competitions. He has appeared as soloist all the major orchestras in South Africa. In 1999 he passed his UPLM with distinction and was the winner of the Unisa Overseas Music Bursary Competition. Mario was a prize winner during the Calgary International Organ Competition with performances in Lübeck, Germany in 1994 and Hong Kong in 1998. Besides a busy performance schedule, he is an active teacher and his students has been the overall winners of all the major music competitions in South Africa, e.g. the Sanlam-, Absa-, Musicon-, Johann Vos, Mabel Quick-, Unisa National Organ-, ATKV Muziq and Unisa Overseas Music Bursary Competitions.

Cool Classic Kidz would like to thank our sponsors:


Lifesize Designs

Fine Music Radio


The Stage


We are alreday looking forward to our show in 2012!. Watch the press to see when Cool Classic Kidz will be coming to your area!


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