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UP Arts presents: Carols & Chords – a special Christmas programme by Ockie Vermeulen (organ) and Charl du Plessis (piano).

By UP Arts

Posted on 18 November 2011

Ockie Vermeulen and Charl du Plessis are ushering in the Christmas season on 27 November with a unique performance in the Musaion on University of Pretoria’s Hatfield Campus.

Christmas music for piano, bass, organ and percussion from the past 300 years has been specially adapted for Carols & Chords. The program features unusual instrumental combinations that have never been heard before in a Christmas concert. Beloved melodies such as Silent Night, “Somerkersfees” and Little Drummer Boy always make the festive season special and take the audience on a nostalgic journey accompanied by a masterly mix of organ and piano.


In Carols & Chords, Vermeulen and Du Plessis blend their own, unique, personal experience of Christmas music in a contemporary musical style.

Ockie Vermeulen is well known for his Highland Cathedral and Arena CD’s, and is UNISA’s university organist. Charl du Plessis is a Steinway artist and equally sought after as classical and jazz pianist.


Vermeulen and Du Plessis adapted the music themselves, and are supported by Christi-Louise Swanepoel (contra bass) and Hugo Radyn (percussion). The special guest artist is singer and songwriter Dihan Slabbert, who has already produced two CD’s and was a member of both High Five and Il Quinto.


Carols & Chords takes place on 27 November at 15:00 in the Musaion on the University of Pretoria’s Hatfield Campus. Tickets are available from Computicket.


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