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Tim Roberts

Musical Director: Tim Roberts

Tim Roberts is currently the principal conductor of the Johannesburg Bach Choir and the South African Ballet Theatre Sinfonia. As well as his commitments to Work in South Africa in 2012 he is conducting a touring performance of Mozartís Così fan tutte which is visiting cities in Southern Africa, Spain and the U.K. He is also involved in recording the works of Ludwig August Lebrun. While in Johannesburg he is a member of the Music Department of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, and a presenter of Classic Notes for Radio Bakgat. He is married with a young and noisy family. In his waking hours he is preparing a Zuckermann Harpsichord to be brought back to a life of live music making!
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Accompanist: Ruth Coggin

Ruth Coggin first fell in love with the pipe organ at the age of 16 and immediately began lessons with James Gordon at the St Johnís College, Johannesburg. After matriculating, she studied music at the University of the Witwatersrand, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor of Music (Hons). Her tutors were James Gordon and Henk Temmingh. Her performing instruments were the pipe organ and clarinet and her honoursí dissertation was on the pipe organ of the Johannesburg City Hall. She also holds a Performance Diploma in piano and is an Associate of the Trinity College of Music, London. In the 1990s, she was the organist and choir leader of Central Methodist Church, Johannesburg. During this period, she formed and led a multi-racial church choir. She was selected to accompany the famous Imilonji Kantu Choral Society for the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings, Pretoria, in 1994. She was the organist at the National Service of Thanksgiving at the FNB Stadium, Soweto, that preceded the inauguration. She also accompanied Imilonji at its performances at the Grahamstown Arts Festival. In 2013, she was appointed Director of Music for the St Francis Anglican Church, Parkview, where she formed and leads a choir, the St Francis Singers, and a childrenís choir. Ruth is co-owner with her husband, Theo, of their business, Quo Vadis Communications, specialising in writing, social media and communications training. In respect of these skills, she holds a Chartered Marketer (SA) qualification. She was previously Editor of Dimension, the national newspaper of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. She has one son, Thomas, who is studying for his doctorate in the USA, and two step-children, Andrew and Jenni.

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