Fondly known as “The fudges” during rehearsals, they are almost always at the brunt end of the directors tantrums. However when the time beckons they step up and deliver making Maneesh eat his own words.
Ashani De Silva
She was a member or the Ladies' College Choir and also actively took part in musicals and school productions.
She was a member of the bishop's college choir and a student of Mary Ann David. She is a banker in profession.
Singing has been a hobby from the early years and a skill That was sharpened within the walls of Bishops College Colombo. Joined vocal enigma in 2012 and that is where she unleashed her true potential. Banker in profession.
"Music has been a life long companion and a method of expressing myself"
Liza De Jong
Liza De Jong
A teacher / lecturer by profession with an ardent passion for music and theatre.
Early roots in the field of performing Arts would be from her years at HFC - Col. 4 where being a member of the school choir and taking part in several school productions led to an enthusiastic persual of the theatrical platform.
She is currently a member of the theatre company Cold Theatre 7, having played lead roles in two of its productions along with being on stage with other theatre companies as well.
Singing too is vital for her; be it performing on stage with VE or simply singing praises in the church choir, as it brings forth a sweet note to an otherwise perhaps routine lifestyle.
Member of Vocal Enigma Sri Lanka from the inception. Her love for music began from her childhood days. She was a member of the School western band and mastered in trumpet. She completed grade 06 on Piano performance at Royal College of Music.
During her school life she was highly involved with St Mary's Church youth choir and the Colombo South Deanery Youth Choirs as well. She was also involved in organizing a musical show with Soundarie David for the Colombo South Deanery Youth called "No room in the inn" which was a charitable project in aid of the victims in Jaffna. At present she is aslo in the youth choir of St Mary's Church Dehiwala.
She is employed in a travel company as a Tour Executive.
"Vocal Enigma for me is not only about the singing it is about friendship, the memories and a whole lot of madness in between practices "
Choir leader of methodist college in 2007 .Currently she is a pre school music teacher . She has completed piano performance until grade 8 at trinity college guildhall.
Her passion for teaching music full time doesn't stop there, she has been involved in training kids for different musical events.
Living in a household where the piano was thumped upon for most parts of the day and where scales and parts of choral numbers were practiced on an hourly basis, Shalini was exposed to the fundamentals of music from a very young age.
Never fully realizing it, she was subconsciously influenced and trained by this constant flow of music. Never a big fan of choirs, she felt that it destroyed the raw and natural individuality of a voice, and because of this reason, even though she joined the Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya Choir and took part in many choral shows, she constantly found herself lacking the enthusiasm and encouragement to continue.
A shower singer till the age of 16, she was given the right kind of encouragement and confidence to sing alone after joining Gateway College to pursue her high school education, being literally forced to sing at a charity concert- Versus Cancer. This performance finally gave her the self-assurance to sing in front of large crowds, following it up with a lead singing part in “The Tempest” for the Shakespeare Drama Competition 2010, solo performances at “Urban jCharlie 2011” and “Interpaw 2013”-organized by Gateway College, and a duet at Reveal 2013, organized by the Academy of Design Colombo, where she completed her degree in Fashion Design.
In 2013, she also became the All Island Winner in the “Pop solo” category at the Sri Lanka Festival of Music, Dance and Speech. Becoming a founding choral group member of Vocal Enigma Sri Lanka and taking part in their initial showcases and flash mobs and thereafter at their debut performance “From a Distance”, followed by events including “Champagne Toast”, “Kennel Rock”, “The Playlist” and “The singing Christmas tree”, changed her outlook on choral ensembles, as it brought something quite different to the table, creating a feeling of family and unity, yet giving each individual their moment in the limelight and a chance to showcase their distinctive style and talent.
Shevon is currently studying Economics and Finance in the London school of Economics. However she finds time to pursue her career in music as well. She was the choir leader of Ladies College in 2013 and was a member of the Sinhala and English Orchestra in her school. She was also the President of the music circle in 2013. Many times she has won Prizes and scholarships in her school due to her commitment in music. She has completed her Grade 8 Piano and Grade 6 Singing in Abrsm Royal Schools
of music. She played the role of Rita Watson in the musical “Sister Act 2” held by Ladies College in 2013.
She is currently a vocal trainer at the Young Sopranos Music group. She was also a former member ofthe Peradeniya Singers Choir. She has a great passion for music and loves playing and listening to Jazz music in particular.
She's originally from Kandy but currently residing in Colombo, working for Access Projects (Pvt) Ltd. As for her music career well.. She does not have much to say except that even as a child She loved to sing and have been in the Junior & senior choirs, singing performances at her Alma mater (Good shepherd Convent & Girls high School Kandy ) and have participated in many all Island Inter School choir competitions as well.
She then joined the church choir and later participated in several musical events at college. Subsequently She was involved in the singing group at her previous employment (NTB bank) where She has taken part in solo & group singing activities for functions at the bank.
While thanking the 'VE' choir for giving her the opportunity to join all as a new voice, She looks forward to sing with passion and give her fullest support & do her level best to make all VE's endeavors a success.
She is a member of the Menaka Singers, since 2001, where they performed in countless concerts, including performances with the Symphony Orchestra in Sri Lanka (SOSL), the Opera Singer, Barbara Segel, the Revelations(2009), charity concerts and weddings. She also performed in ‘Some Enchanted Evening’(September 2004) and in ‘September song’ (September 2010 and 2011), and Celebrating 30, in January 2015.
Her performances with Menaka Singers include the premier of ‘Windows of the World’, for the Tourism Day, held in Sri Lanka for the first time in 2007, and for the past two years, they performed for the French Day celebrations.
She also collaborated with the Philharmonic Choir in ‘Olivet to Calvary’ in April 2011.
She bagged the award for All Island Winner in Sri Lanka Festival of Music, Dance & Speech in 2003 under the Musical Trio category, and then in 2004 under the Religious Choir category. In school, she was placed first at her school’s singing competition Senior Category, and was also awarded the Chelvi Mathiaparanam Memorial Prize for Music, 2008.
Not only can she sing, she has achievements in speech and drama department as well, where she was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Performance (100%) at IEMS Examinations, Speaking Of Verse and Prose Examination. She also played the role of Nala in AWS Academy of English Language, Speech And Drama’s adaptation of ‘The Lion King’ in 2002, and in 2007 she played the role of the Narrator in Asian International School’s production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. In 2013, she performed on stage with the Workshop Players in their amateur production of Evita.