Johann Vos – Chairman
Johann Vos practised as attorney in Johannesburg and Pretoria until 1985, when he moved to Cape Town, where he practises in partnership under the name Visagie Vos. He has a keen interest in his community, and is chairman of the Stikland Hospital Health Facility Board and the Hugo Lambrechts Music Trust. For the last 20 years he has been sponsoring a piano competition for high school pupils, which over the years has developed into an important showcase for young talent. He was voted onto the FMR board in November 2009.
Tanja Bosch is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. She completed her MA in International Affairs as a Fulbright Scholar at Ohio University, where she also graduated with a PhD in Media Studies. Her areas of research and publication include talk radio, community media, youth, identity and mobile media.
Leonore Ehlers obtained her BA Music and BMus at the University of Stellenbosch with piano and cello. She furthered her studies through Unisa where she received BMus Honours as well as the Unisa Teachers Diploma in Cello.
She started her career as a lecturer in music at the Wellington Teachers Training College before becoming a full time Cello Teacher at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre.
She played as an ad hoc cellist for the Cape Town City Orchestra and also did part time teaching at the University of the Western Cape.
Since 2013 she became the Director of the Music Centre. She is a member of the Hugo Lambrechts Music Trust as well as a member of the National Music Competition Trust.
I retired from the University of Port Elizabeth in December 2001 where I had served as a Professor of Accounting. We returned to our home city in March 2002 and I was elected to the Board of FMR in 2002.
After completing a BMus (Hons) majoring in composition at UCT, in 1985 I began my career as a sound engineer at the SABC, Auckland Park. A year later I moved to the SABC’s Music Department, where I was music compiler for classical music programmes. In 1989, I moved to Cape Town to take up the post of classical music producer. I compiled, scripted and produced programmes and was involved in recording local performances. In 1996 I received an SABC Radio Artes Award for a documentary programme, ‘The Great Divide’.
I left the SABC in 1997 and changed direction into print journalism. After doing a short course at the Cape Technikon, I started freelance writing for the commercial features department at Independent Newspapers and soon afterwards was appointed sub-editor. Within Independent Newspapers over the past one-and-a-half decades I have worked on Cape Community Newspapers, the Cape Argus, and Personal Finance, mostly doing sub-editing and page layout, but also writing when I can, most recently for Personal Finance magazine, which appears quarterly.
I am also interested in internet journalism, and in 2011 completed a website design course at UNISA.I have been involved at Fine Music Radio for about 16 years, compiling music mainly for morning breakfast shows, and never daring to get behind the mic! In 2006 I took over editorship of Opus, then a printed magazine, now a monthly email newsletter, for FMR members.
Gordon worked as Personnel/Human resources manager in many industries ranging from motor to printing and packing, until in 1980 he took up the post of Executive Director at The Fairest Cape Association, where he worked for 11 years. Between the years 1991 and 2008, Gordon has held the positions of Chief Executive of Cape Town Tourism until 1998, co-director of the Parliament of the 1999 World’s Religions South Africa until 2000, as well as minister at the Unitarian Church of Cape Town until 2008, when he retired.
Besides his professional career, Gordon has had a remarkable career involved in the local government; he was a member of the Cape Town City Council for years and from 1989 until 1991 was Mayor of the city. He was awarded several awards for community service and also for advertising, among them the “Marketing Man of the Year” award by the Institute of Marketing Management in 1991. Gordon has been a board member of the Cape Performing Arts Council and also after his retirement, has been involved in the arts: a lover of classical music, he became a board member at Fine Music Radio in 2012.
Len van Zyl
Len van Zyl had a successful career in advertising (his other passion) over 30 years, serving as Chairman, President, CEO or Director in major advertising agencies in South Africa, Britain, USA and Zimbabwe. His true passion however is music in general and classical music in particular. In 1995 when the erstwhile SABC National symphony orchestra was disbanded Len was part of a small team of music lovers who launched an effort to keep the orchestra going. While living in America he served on the development committee of the famous Philadelphia Orchestra and since returning to South Africa he initiated and finances the Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition which gives young South Africans the opportunity to study conducting under the tutelage of Maestro Professor Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University, Chicago.