...and a Happy and Musical New Year!
At Christmas we said a fond farewell to Drew Santini who conducted us through 2016, our 40th anniversary year. Drew is pictured left making his farewell remarks after the final Christmas concert.
With the start of 2017 we welcome Angeliki Ploka as our new conductor. Rehearsals restarted on January 12. The programme for our Summer Concert for 2017 is a selection of works by English composers and the concert is set for Saturday July 1.
Before that, we will also be preparaing for our light-hearted Fun Concert where individuals and small groups have chance to show off their talents during an evening of food, drink, raffle, quiz, etc in the familar setting of our usual rehearsal space. The date is set for Saturday March 25 and the theme this year is Movies and Musicals.
2017 January 18.
The Cecilia International Choir
Welcome! Bienvenue! Willkomen! Welkom!
Founded in 1976, we are one of the longest-established English-speaking mixed voice choirs in South Holland. Do you want to come and listen? Do you want to join us and sing? While we currently have a full complement of female voices, we are still welcoming new TENORS and BASSES - so find out more here. We assure you of a warm welcome - and we do NOT hold auditions!
We total around 80 members divided between Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass voices. English is the language of rehearsal but we take pride in our diversity of nationalities. We don't run auditions and, while it is obviously an advantage, we do not insist that you can read music. We rehearse each Thursday evening in the British Junior School, located at Diamanthorst 16, The Hague (for a map, click here) from 19:45 until 22:00. Enjoying the experience of making good music is our primary objective.
We perform concerts at least three times per year. Details of upcoming performances are given on the Concerts page. Please come and listen!
The pictures below give a more graphic idea of our activities and performances.
Cecilia International Choir in pictures...
A Canadian baritone and choral conductor Drew Santini holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (BM) and the Juilliard School (MM). Highlights of the 15/16 season include a debut appearance with Dutch National Opera singing Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tirésias, two revival performances of Ben in The Telephone at the Grachtenfestival with the Nederlandse Reisopera in collaboration with The Göteborg Opera, concerts with Damask Ensemble, and projects with Cappella Amsterdam and De Nederlandse Bachvereniging. Drew’s opera credits include Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Le Mari and Le Gendarme (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), Lockit (Beggar’s Opera), Ramiro (L’heure Espagnole), Ben (The Telephone), and Mr. Splinters (The Tender Land). Drew was chosen to participate in the inaugural International Conducting Symposium under the direction of Noel Edison where he worked with the Elora Festival Singers and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. In New York City, he conducted Stainer’s The Crucifixion at St. Patrick’s Cathedral choral singers and soloists from the Manhattan School of Music. Especially passionate about performing new music, Drew has worked with such composers as Stephen Schwartz, Gregory Spears, Arne Gieshoff, Raphael Fusco, Evan Fein, Terence Blanchard, Perry Goldstein, and Daniel Felsenfeld. On the ATMA label, he recorded Bach Cantatas 4, 9, 106, and 181 with La Bande Montréal Baroque.