Classical Singers

Solo, Group Musician - Cape Town
Classical Singers

 

Lana English, well-known for her role as `Christine` in The Phantom of the Opera, teams up with her brother Victor to sing some wonderful, well known compositions from Puccini to Verdi, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and songs made famous by Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Boccelli and Pavarotti, and so many more...

Lana English:

She started singing at a young age in the church choir. At the age of 17 she made her solo debut, which was followed by various offers for weddings and concerts, among them as “Maria” in The Sound of Music.

In 1993 she started part-time singing lessons with Vetta Wise, and began singing in the adhoc chorus at Capab. After attending a master class with Wendy Fine, she was recommended to Alvon Collison, and this resulted in her starring in Showtime and Showtime 2001 at Artscape.

She worked as a dental nurse / receptionist for 12 years until end June 2002, after which she gave up her job to sing full-time as a permanent member of the Cape Town Opera Vocal Ensemble.

Lana has also sung with the SA Navy Band, and still does so on a regular basis. She has also sung for various government functions and heads of state, as well as prominent leaders, locally and abroad, most notably for Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 70th birthday celebrations at his residence.

At the end of October 2003, she auditioned for The Phantom of the Opera, and was offered the leading role of “Christine Daae”.

She is still actively involved in the church choir, and performs at various launches and concerts. She also often performs with the Cape Town Three Tenors, at various festivals. She recently joined Rory Rootenberg in his production of “Behind the Mask”, performing nationally and internationally, as they have just returned from singing on board the MSC Rhapsody that sailed to Italy.

Lana returned from Cape Town after a season of Behind the Mask at the Baxter Theatre to rave reviews. She has also written and directed a show called Belles & Beaux, which debut at NAF Grahamstown and received amazing reviews, which also was invited to do Morning Melodies at the Baxter in Feb 2008

Victor Siljeur:

Victor, who has from a young age had a natural singing ability, received singing coaching from Italian tenor, Nicolai Chencherle and more recently from Ann Hamblin. He also has extensive choral singing experience and features as a soloist on a number of the New Apostolic church CD`s.

As a qualified motor technician, Victor spent thirteen years in the motor industry and during this time did various performances alongside his sister Lana English, he also sang at many corporate gala events, including the occasion of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 70th birthday celebration at his home.

In 2002 at the Baxter theatre, in Cape Town, Victor performed with the UCT orchestra, conducted by Prof. Jurgen Schwetering.

In 2005 he was invited to perform as one of Cape Town’s Three Tenors, and here made his debut as a tenor after always being referred to as a `high baritone`.

For Victor, one of the greatest privileges is to be able to perform with one of our country’s greatest sopranos, namely Lana English. In September 2006, Lana & Victor performed in the UK at the residence of BBC World’s gourmet chef, James Martin.

Victor recently made his debut singing on board the MSC RHAPSODY, where he perform with renound Italian tenor Maestro Domingo Stasi.

Victor and Lana have recently completed and released their first CD and are eagerly working towards a second one.

List of some performances by Lana and Victor:

Phantom of the opera- Lead female role as `Christine`
Cape Gourmet Gala Dinners- 2002 & 2005
Table of Unity on Table mountain – 2002, 2004 & 2005
National Teachers Awards – 2003 & 2005
Desmond Tutu’s 70th Birthday celebration at his residence
DR. Christo H. Wiese`s Birthday celebration (CEO of the B.O.E. Bank) 2001
30 years in Entertainment Celebration for Sybil Sands -2002
Weclogo Congress in George – 2002
Shoprite Group of Companies National Awards Gala Evenings – 2003
Wedding of the son of the Angolan President in Angola – 2003
International Woman’s Club at Baxter – 2003
Laborie Bridex Gala Dinner – 2005
Retirement of the CEO of Woolworth’s – Mr. C. Hall
Annual Devali Festival at Grand West Casino - 2005
Theatre Benevolent Fund concert at Baxter – May 2005
Performances aboard Rhapsody cruise liner en route to Italy April 2006
Morning Melodies at Baxter Theatre 2008
BD`Aria (CT) 2006, Arabella Kleinmond 2007, Arabella Westin Grand 2008,
Bloemfontein 75th Anniv Afrikaans Bible 2008.
As `The Singing Siblings` aboard MSC Rhapsody – Dec 2008 to end Jan 2009
Bible Society of SA gala dinner at Boardwalk P.E.- March 2009

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