• Gretel Coetzee

    ''Music finds its way where the rays of the sun cannot penetrate'' - Kierkegaard
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Soprano, Voice Teacher, Educator

Gretel Coetzee is equally at home singing Schubert, Bach or Puccini. She was born in South Africa, but since 2002 she has made beautiful Namibia her home. Frequent collaboration with artists from South Africa and Europe inspires her to continue exposing young people to the wonders of singing and music. 

Op berge en in dale
Composer: C. van der Pauw
Writer: C. van der Pauw

Op berge en in dale, en oral is my God
Waar ons ook telke male mag swerwe, daar is God.
Waar ons gedagtes swewe of styg, ook daar is God.
Omlaag en hoog verhewe, ja, oral is my God!

Sy troue Vaderoë sien alles van naby.
Ons steun op Sy vermoë, word deur SY Gees gelei.
Die swaeltjies behoed Hy, beklee met gras die dal.
Die kleinste wurmpie voed Hy, sorg vir die groot heelal!

On mountains and in dales
English Translation

On mountains and in dales
Yes, everywhere my God is.
Where we time and again may wander, there God is.
Where our thoughts fly or rise, there God is also.
Low and high, my God is everywhere!

His faithful Father’s eyes see everything from nearby.
We rely on His ability, are led by His Spirit.
He guards the swallows, covers the dale with grass.
He feeds the smallest worm, provides for the whole universe!

Translated by G. Coetzee
Copyright © 2010 Gretel Coetzee