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-
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-
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.
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-
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 -
Neil’s leisure activities include chasing steam trains, photography, model railways, collecting fine books and Rolls-
Tanya Jones (Co-
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-
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