Wilhelm van der Nest
Wilhelm van der Nest (19**-19**) was a baritone solo singer
Wilhelm van der Nest's baritone voice was well-known to music lovers throughout South Africa for he has often sung in broadcasts of the Port Elizabeth Oratorio Choir, the Port Elizabeth Male Voice Choir and the Port Elizabeth Salon Choir.
He started his singing lessons in Graaff-Reinet when he was taught by Edna Labuschagne.
In 1956 he came to Port Elizabeth and soon continued his singing lessons.
The following year Wilhelm van der Nest joined the staff of the Grey Junior School where he took over the duties of the singing master.
His talents were soon realised and his deep love of music in general and singing in particular became part of his life at the school where he trained the boys in minstrel shows and formed the Grey Junior School Choir.
His School Choir was well known not only for its singing but also for the correctness and etiquette of choirs which their Choir Master drummed into them.
He took long leave in 1961 and travelled overseas and continued his singing studies with Delia Woolford until 1963.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Singing was not his only love; he had a deep understanding of theatre, particularly Shakespearean productions.
The Sound of Music theatre programme. 1972.
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