VVM believes in supporting the arts as this is an area that is often highly underfunded. At VVM we contribute to the arts by hosting a classical music soiree where we invite clients, friends and colleagues to a night filled with talented classical musicians at the Eco Park rooftop.

The evening welcomed Niel Rademan and Elna Van Der Merwe as well as Jan and Clara Hugo. With beautiful views of Johannesburg, canapés and conversation, the evening began with resounding applause.

The musicians opened and closed the evening with incredible performances and left guests in awe. A wonderful evening enjoyed by all! This year the performers joined us from Cape Town and France

Niël Rademan (Baratone) is a highly acclaimed South African singer of cabaret, folksong, lied and operatic music. He has worked with some of the best singers in the country and sang in two productions on the West End in London. He has also performed all over Europe in solo concerts where he was applauded with standing ovations (Vienna, Den Hague, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Bern – Switzerland, Boussac – France and London)

Elna van der Merwe (Pianist) was a fulltime accompanist and part-time piano lecturer at the Conservatory of the University of Stellenbosch until 2001. Since then she is an ad hoc pianist and sought- after collaborative artist for local as well as international artists.

Clara Hugo, (Soprano) was born in Paris and studied musicology at La Sorbonne. In 2012, she moved to Leipzig to continue her activity at the University of Music and Theatre. There, she participates in concerts with Jan Hugo, singing at the Leipzig Opera.

Jan Hugo, a world-renowned pianist that began his career as a child protégée. He won the Unisa Performers Licentiate overseas bursary competition in 2012. He has been studying in Italy since the age of 13. He has played recitals in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Modena and various other towns in Italy in important concert-seasons of Italian music associations. He has also performed as a soloist with the Kwa-Zulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.

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