Palissander Chamber Choir to host two Christmas Concerts this 17th & 24th November

Palissander, one of South Africa’s premier chamber choirs, is an independent amateur choir of international standing that was formed in 1992. The choir has to date performed to great acclaim in Canada, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Kenya, Italy, France, Germany and Spain. The choir’s core values are passion, abundance, joy, respect and acceptance.

On the 17th & 24th November 2019, Palissander, will be hosting two amazing Christmas concerts.

Please contact : bookings@palissander.co.za or 082 920 2518 for tickets. R130 per adult and R50 per child. Tickets for children under 6 years are free.

Dates 17 & 24 November
Time 15:00
Venue Rex Church, Sorex Estate, Clubview
Guest artist Bambie Heiberg (violin and voice)
Programme The programme consists of a combination of solo works, a cappella choir works and Christmas carols. Some of the works that will be performed, are Bogoroditse Devo by Sergei Rachmaninoff, God rest you merry, gentlemen by Ola Gjeilo, Glory, glory, glory to the newborn King by Moses Hogan, Silent night reimagined by Kc Daugirdas, Maria Wiegenlied by Max Reger and Christmas joy medley, as arranged by Gary Lanier.
Tickets R130 (R50 for children under 12)
Bookings bookings@palissander.co.za
Further information Sarita Hauptfleisch 082 784 0409

Whose Who: Band Members


Sandra Botha
Adré du Plessis
Martie Jacobs
Lize-Mari Labuschagne
Kathleen van der Linde
Ilze van Wyk


Laetitia Crause
Amy Herman-Roloff
Hildegard Joseph
Lullu Krugel
Isabeau Salmon
Elle van Rooyen


George de Bruin
Marco Hellberg
Joubert Krugel
Jaques Kruger
Thinus Pretorius
Graeme Wilkinson


Otto Bester
Llewellyn Jackson
Joseph Lawrence
Gert Maree
Tiaan Maree
Quintin McKenzie
Johan Scheepers

About the Palissander choir

The name Palissander is a reference to the fourth volume of poetry by the Afrikaans poet Boerneef, entitled Palissandryne. In the opening poem of this volume Boerneef writes of his recorder of palissander wood (a precious dark brown wood, related to jacaranda wood) that plays “palissandertaal” (palissander language). Later in the volume the poet uses the word “palissandertaal” repeatedly as a synonym for music.

Sarita Hauptfleisch, who still conducts the choir, founded Palissander with the purpose of making music for the soul. This has developed into the choir becoming an ambassador for love and peace to both local and overseas communities. The choir achieves this by engaging the audience not only musically, but also intellectually and emotionally through programmes bound together by central themes. This converts a choir concert into a spiritual experience for all.

The theme approach enables an extremely diverse repertoire to be drawn together into a cohesive whole. Since 2004, the annual themes have addressed topics such as peace, democracy, tolerance, our response to HIV/AIDS and respect for the earth. Palissander’s 2015 theme, “Man in the mirror”, focuses on how we need to change in ourselves in order to make the world a better place.

Palissander has been associating itself with organisations that care for vulnerable children and youth. Vulnerable teenagers, together with their social worker, regularly accompany the choir on its overseas tours. In 2006, the choir received the South African Choral Society Award for the best contribution to community development through choral music.

Palissander has to date released eight CDs. They are based in Pretoria and currently consists of 29 members.

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