Marnus Greyling (Organ) & Jevon O’Donavan (Trumpet)
Marnus Greyling (22) is currently a final year Bmus Honours student at the University of Pretoria with organ as main subject with Professor Wim Viljoen. He started piano at the age of 5 and organ at age 18, with Dr Ockie Vermeulen. Marnus has completed his UNISA Grade 8 in both piano (cum laude) and organ (honours role). He also completed his UNISA Teacher’s Licenciate exam in piano in 2012. He was invited in 2011 to join the Prestigious International Golden Key Society, since his academic achievements placed him under the top 10 percent of university students in South Africa. He qualified to compete for the Pretorium Trust Bursary competitions in 2011 and 2012, and he won the 2012 Bursary. He was a finalist in the National 2012 ATKV Muziq competition in piano. He also won the National SAKOV organ competitions in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He has performed with the TUKS Camerata, JHB Bach Choir, JHB Symphony Choir and JHB Festival Orchestra. Some notable large-scale performances include Bach’s Wachet auf, Händel’s Dixit Dominus, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Marnus has worked in various churches and is currently head organist at St George’s Anglican Church, Parktown where a new Rieger organ was installed in 2012.
Jevon started his music tuition in 1991 under the firm hand of Robin Finlay and virtuoso trumpeter Antoine De Ley from Belgium. While completing a B.Sc I.T at RAU in 1999 he continued to teach and perform at numerous churches, partaking in the Johannesburg Pops, Roodepoort Ensemble as well as the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. He also became the Rosebank Catholic Churches’ principal trumpeter under the leadership of Norman Buckle.
Due to his versatility as a trumpeter he has involved himself in many fields of music, from performing in various Barnyard theatre productions, being a member of one of South Africa’s top Punk-Rock bands to gospel environments and classical performances.
His unique trumpet sound, stage presence and artistry has been sought after by names such as Jason Hartman, Emmanuel Castis, Danny K Toy Soldiers project and world renowned concert organist Jane Parker-Smith just to name a few. His trumpeting can be heard on 9 recorded CDs to date.
He is currently a musical contractor making his performances available to corporate bands, recording studios and various other events. Moreover, he has solo projects on the cards for 2013 and is geared towards bringing the majestic sound of the trumpet to a broader audience.
Friends of Wakkerstroom – This performance was sponsored by BP and Karin Greyling