Welcome! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Bienvenido! Welkom!
The Cecilia International Choir has a history going back more than 40 years. We are ‘international’ because we embrace both expatriates and Dutch members who have lived and worked abroad. We rehearse in English – and we do not hold auditions.
We have around 60 members divided into soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections. We are proud of our diversity of nationalities and welcome newcomers of all ages.
Our core purpose is to enjoy the experience of making good music. We perform at least three concerts per year. Due to Covid restrictions, we have not been able give concert performances since Christmas 2019. However, we have kept the choir together and we are looking forward to a successful 2022, with opportunities to sing and perform.
Interested? Please come along to a rehearsal or two and try singing with us. Singing together is fun, relaxing and uplifting!
Sanda Audere began her musical career at the age of six at the Riga Dom Choir School in Latvia. Here she performed with the professional vocal ensemble ‘Putni’ and appeared in productions with the Latvian National Opera. She completed her secondary education in 2011 with specialisations in choral conducting and choral singing.
Sanda then studied music with psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. She studied under the renowned conductor Rupert Gough, and sang with the Royal Holloway Chapel Choir, performing in many well-known concert venues in the UK and abroad, as well as appearing as a soloist on the Hyperion record label.
In 2016 Sanda completed a masters degree in Musicology at the University of Amsterdam and has enjoyed singing with numerous ensembles including ‘Capella Amsterdam’ and ‘Ensemble Vocal De Lausanne.’ She has also taken part in projects such as the Kurt Thomas Cursus, “Meesters&Gezellen” and performed in numerous premiers of contemporary works with Orkest de Ereprijs.
Sanda appears regularly as a singer and is a popular choir conductor, currently leading ‘Archicapella’ (Den Haag), as well as the Cecilia International Choir.