Nathan Julius Benefit Concert: Mon Voyage
Join us for an exquisite evening of a beautiful music in which Hilton College Old Boy, Nathan Julius, is joined by Hilton College staff, boys, and the Midlands Chamber Choir, in a benefit concert aimed at securing financial support for this exceptionally gifted young man. The programme has something for everyone, from Debussy's 'Claire de lune' to a beautiful choral version of Paul Simon's 'Sound of Silence'. We look forward to seeing you there! You can read more about Nathan below:
Nathan is a Hilton College Old Boy, Class of 2016, who is a passionate young man from Cape Town with the desire to become a professional singer as a counter-tenor. Unfortunately, prospective South African students need to look outside South Africa to make a career in this field. He had fortunately been accepted in August 2017, and ended up achieving top marks in his first year at Schola Cantorum Basiliesis (School of Singing in Basel), Switzerland, where singers of this voice type are guided by voice teachers who themselves have made careers of singing ‘old music’. He is currently in the second year of his three year course, and have just completed his first semester.
Schola (as the students call it) has a proud 150 years tradition of producing amazing musicians such as the counter-tenor Andreas Scholl, with whom Nathan has had masterclasses in 2018. In addition to the above, it is rated as one of the top 5 conservatories in early music in the world. Graduates from Schola are highly regarded in the early music career field and students enjoy an abundance of stage time such as the opportunity to perform every 2nd night, whilst still maintaining their academic rigor. The countertenor training at Schola ranks among the best training in the world which is evident from the many countertenors it has produced. Role casting at opera houses seem to favour Schola students in all Baroque operas – a field in which Nathan is particularly interested in as mentioned before.
Coming from the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School, his time at Hilton College was marked by his exceptional singing ability, singing both as soloist and choir member with three of our well-known orchestras. In 2016 he featured as soloist with the acclaimed South African conductor, Richard Cock and the Chanticleer Singers, in two performances of Handel’s Messiah in March 2016, as well as with the KNZPO in a performance of an aria from Haydn’s Creation in April 2016, and in April 2017 as alto soloist with the Baroque 2000 Orchestra in a performance of JS Bach’s St John Passion in Durban. Conductors who have worked with Nathan has labelled him as one of the most gifted young singers of his time. Having said that, Nathan has not had an easy life. He lost both parents before he finished high school, making his story an inspiring one of how an exceptional music talent, and the loving support of others can open doors to a bright future.
Nathan’s voice teacher and head of the vocal department at Schola in 2018, Evelyn Tubb, reported that he is without a doubt in the right place, that he works very hard, and that his public performances have impressed and are appreciated by all.
We thank you so much for joining forces with us through sharing Nathan’s story with those whom you believe might be willing to contribute, or through your own contribution.
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