Jacques Imbrailo

Theatre director

Anyone from Henneman will tell you that the closest they come to culture is agriculture. So, when Jacques Imbrailo found himself auditioning for the Drakensberg Boys Choir (DGC) as a result of a dare at 10 years old, he didn't know that this would put him on the path to becoming a Standard Bank Young Artist award winner for jazz in 2009. Imbrailo stayed with the DBC from 1990 to 1993 and then put his singing on the back burner while he studied law at Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education. Then, spurred on by his parents and a supportive professor, he completed a music degree on the back of an audition at the Royal College of London where he landed a full scholarship in postgraduate opera studies. Imbrailo also auditioned for the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London and was one of four out of more than 200 applicants worldwide that landed a two-year training contract. �Eamon Allan