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Choir’s Music Team

Josephine Walsh (Musical Director)


Josephine Walsh was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and attended St Teresa’s Convent, Rosebank. She was married to the late Robert Walsh, a former conductor of this choir (1991-1996) and has two children, Abigail and Kendrick. She qualified with a BMus H. Dip. Ed degree from the University of the Witwatersrand where she majored in organ and flute. Her teachers included the late Professor Victor Bartlett, Henning Wagner, André Salm (from the Conservatoire of Paris) and Amos Eisenberg. She studied conducting with Professor Walter Mony and Dr Edgar Cree. As a student, she directed the Wits University Choir and performed in the CAPAB Youth Festival as a conductor of the orchestra with the Ruys Blas Overture by Mendelssohn. She was involved in several broadcasts of Thy Kingdom Come including Misa Flamenca in collaboration with the Spanish Dance Company for SABC TV. Her students also performed in Jong Suid Afrika and their success in various Eisteddfodau and Music Competitions bear testament to her success as a music teacher.


After graduating, she taught part time between 1978 and 2003 at St Mary’s Waverly, St Katharine’s in Parktown, The Ridge, Wendywood Music Centre and was organist and choir mistress at St George’s Parktown for 23 years. She also conducted the Johannesburg Philharmonic Choir. Her position as music teacher included establishing and conducting choirs, orchestras, jazz bands and marimba ensembles. In 1986 she founded the Ridge School’s extra-curricular music department.

She lectured part time, at the Witwatersrand Teachers College and the Wits Education Department and her passion for music education led to the publishing of several theory books in the Funway series. She has also been recognised by Unisa for outstanding teaching in Music Theory.


She collaborated with Alistair Smurthwaite and wrote the music for several original operettas for school production, including The Man who lost his Memory, Anyone for Tennyson (produced by Taubie Kushlick in 1982), The Great Drain Journey (performed in Grahamstown in 1990), Shine on our Africa, Mrs. South Africa and various Nativity and Junior School Plays.

She enjoys writing and was editor for several years, of the Cystic Fibrosis Magazine and has written several articles for Drumming Australia.


She currently teaches at St Stithian’s College in Randburg and was appointed as Musical Director of the Welsh Male Voice Choir of South Africa in July 2018.


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Jonathan Vieler (Assistant Musical Director)


Jonathan was born in Johannesburg in 1958 and commenced his choral career with St John’s Prep School Choir, which made an LP record in 1968. During school years he studied piano up to RSCM Grade 7 and at university he played in gig bands around Johannesburg. He was involved in several Gilbert and Sullivan stage productions with the Old Johannian Choir, meeting his future wife Lesley during “Trial by Jury” in 1986. They sung together in the SABC choir under Richard Cock for several years. He has been very active in worship and music at Trinity Methodist Church, Linden for nearly 3O years, playing piano, organ and singing in church bands, musicals and choir cantatas. He spent 4 years as Music Director of the “Men in Red” before joining the CMCDA in 2O14. Jonathan also plays at several other churches and retirement villages, and does one-man entertainment for church-related organizations for the elderly. He and Lesley live in Greenside and have two daughters.


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Neil Bennett (Principal Accompanist)


Born in the UK and raised in Springs, east of Johannesburg,Neil began his formative music training at an early age, under the mentorship of international concert pianist Steven van Staden, and continuing after matric with BMus studies at Wits University, under the late Peggy Haddon.


In 1989, after completing two years of military at the 7th South African Infantry Battalion in Phalaborwa, Neil settled in Johannesburg and began forging a career in education, performance and choral direction that has spanned 25 years. During his Trinity College studies in keyboard performance, he earned a Performer’s Licentiate Diploma in Piano (LTCL) with honours and the 1996 Queen Elizabeth Award for Excellence in Music after scoring the highest mark in the country in the Electronic Keyboard examinations.


His experiences included directing music for his alma mater, Springs Boys’ High, various schools and theatre repertory companies in Gauteng, the prestigious Northcliff High School major productions (2003 - 2010) and more recently, the Musical Director of the Welsh Male Voice Choir of South Africa, a post he held from 2004 - 2011. After a short leave of absence, Neil returned to the Choir in 2013 as one of its Accompanists, a discipline for which he has a special affection. He has been the organist and choir director in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa since 1984 and currently teaches music and computers at De La Salle Holy Cross College Junior School in Victory Park.


Neil’s leisure activities include chasing steam trains, photography, model railways, collecting fine books and Rolls-Royce memorabilia, military figure and English history.


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Tanya Jones (Co-Accompanist)


Tanya Jones was born in Durban and raised in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.  She is married with two children, aged 6 and 3.  During her schooling years she studied piano and flute up to UNISA Grade 8 level.


She studied B.Mus Performance in Piano at UCT.  She studied under Professor Francois du Toit and did numerous solo performances, chamber works and accompanied many of her peers.  She was selected to play the Schumann Piano Concerto with the UCT Orchestra in the Cape Town City Hall in 2001 and graduated with Cum Laude in 2002.  After her studies, she also performed the Mozart d minor concerto with the Beau Soleil Symphony Orchestra and obtained her Unisa Teacher’s Licentiate in Piano under Nancy Hofmeyr (retired UCT professor).  During this time she was selected to participate in the UNISA overseas scholarship competition and achieved 2nd place.


Thereafter, she was appointed full time at Sweet Valley Primary in Bergvliet for 15 years, teaching piano, flute, class music, theory and choir as well as accompanying many examination candidates.  From 2000 – 2012  she became involved with Origin South Africa a non-denominational Christian non-profit organisation, playing piano and flute in over 18 large and small scale productions with music ranging from Classical to Rock to Jazz-style Gospel music.   In 2018 her husband was appointed as lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand and the family relocated to Johannesburg. Tanya teaches piano as well as flute, and is the accompanist for a number of schools in Johannesburg. She is now with St Stithians Girls Prep and College which is now taking up the bulk of her time. Tanya has been appointed as co-accompanist with the Welsh Male Voice Choir of South Africa in September 2019.


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