Bernard Boekkooi : Bass baritone
A pupil of Betty van Wyk, he became very skilled on the cello by the age of 11, and has a Grade one ABRSM Cello qualification. (dist). from his earlier years on the instrument. In the NEA and Johannesburg Festival he won numerous diplomas for his cello playing prior to a shoulder injury which brought this chapter of his musical life to a close.
Bernard is in training to sing opera (bass voice) with Linelle Wimbles, holds Trinity College and ABRSM Grade 5 singing certificates, and won the Eugenie Chopin trophy for most promising male singer at the Johannesburg music festival in 2013.
He is comfortable singing in English, Afrikaans, German and Italian and has a great sense of humour. In 2015 he received a Category Winner award from the NEA for his vocal recital program. Bernard also won the Roedean Music Competition (Vocal section) in June 2015.
In May 2015 he played the role of Tybalt at the Civic Theatre in his school production of Romeo and Juliet, translated by Andre P Brink.
Bernard Boekkooi was born on 27 August 1997, is in Grade 12 and a member of the student leader forum at Hoërskool Randburg. He speaks English and Afrikaans fluently.
This avid sportsman trains 6 days a week, plays first team hockey for Randburg , is a dedicated fitness athlete, and has experience with Olympic weight lifting techniques. He competed in the Gauteng Fencing championships junior level at the age of 12, and won a bronze medal.