Our Music

Modern Welsh choir repertoire includes a variety of genres, from traditional Welsh hymns, jazz, show music and romantic ballads. Our choir sings in several languages including Welsh, English, Italian and Afrikaans. Our concerts include a selection of most of the above, so providing a varied presentation with something for everyone to enjoy.

The Choir sings in four part harmony – being Top Tenor, Tenor, Baritone and Bass and strive to preserve the Welsh Celtic heritage which has been bequeathed to us.

Jan Thorne

Jan Thorne

Musical Director

Jan Megan Thorne is a music teacher, choral director and accompanist who's passion is teaching, coupled with her love and delight in music.

She graduated cum laude at UCT College of Music in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree, with piano as her major. Earning a SAMRO bursary enabled her to study in Stockholm, focusing on Dalcroze eurythmics and music education.

Jan has since travelled extinsively and is a choristor in several choirs, accompanist to the Cape Town Male Voice Choir and full time time music teacher at Rustenburg Girls High School. She is also accomanist and assistant to the Chamber Choir at RGHS, who have won several prestigious awards

After assisting as an accompanist during 2020 Jan has joined the Cape Welsh Choir as Musical Director in 2021

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Helen Broekmann

Accompanist

At the instigation of her then class teacher, Winsome Fourie, Helen commenced singing and piano lessons at the age of 7, later expanding her expertise to violin and recorder. She went on to obtain a B.Mus. (Ed.) degree with distinction at UCT, majoring in piano and violin. She then taught music at a primary school for 4 years and served as accompanist for both junior and senior school choirs. Her interest in singing led to sometime membership of both the CT Symphony Choir and the St. George’s Singers, and she also accompanied the Cape Town Male Voice Choir for 5 years.

Helen continues to teach privately and play at functions, and has been accompanying the Cape Welsh Choir from 1997 to +- 2010 and rejoined the choir in 2019 .

Stephen

Stephen Arendse

Music Assistant

Born into a musical family Stephen spent many of his early years attending numerous choir rehearsals with his Mom, resulting in him developing an affinity  for choral & keyboard music.

He studied piano from age 9, as well as playing the organ at church that same year. His first teacher Tania vd Zitters made him focus on his innate sight reading ability, reinforced by his Mom, who would randomly open a hymnal and make him 'play for his supper'.

Stephen's first encounter with the CWC was in 2004 and formally joined in 2005. In 2013 he took over leadership of the Choir after many years as accompanist. Abdicating this post in 2015 to become a showband pianist on cruise linerss he has now returned to Cape Town and is relishing returning to the Choir and once more enjoying the unmatched fun and camaraderiie of being a CWC member.