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Adolf Theron celebrates his 75th birthday in the company of his 'choir children'

By UP Arts

Posted on 08 March 2011

Mr Adolf Theron, the first conducter of UP's "Tukkiekoor" recently celebrated his 75th birthday with Tuks Alumni as well as previous choir members.

Uncle Adolf conducted the choir from 1968 until 1975 and is currently known as the “Grandfather” of Tuks Camerata.


Choir members who sang under Uncle Adolf’s leadership during these years gathered to celebrate his birthday and discussed the good old days of being a choir member at the University of Pretoria with nostalgia. They also sang some golden oldies.


Uncle Adolf remarked: “More than 40 years passed since the last time these choir members actively sang together. Today, it is very precious to me that they still know the music we sang together back then and still react on my interpretation thereof while I conduct.”


Uncle Adolf conducted the choir part-time while being a mathematics teacher at Menlo Park High School. After doing it for two years, he received a full-time appointed at UP’s Bureau for Public Relations with Mr. Bags Cilliers as Director.


His passion for education eventually drew him back to becoming the headmaster of the Art-, Music- and Ballet School, later known as Pro Arte, where he stayed until he retired. “There were only 300 learners in the school at that time. This suited me very well and it was the happiest years of my life”, he said.


He concluded with the following words: “With love to all who was, who is, and who will be. Sing on………”

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