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 75 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 Riga Dom Choir School in Latvia, where she received an extensive eduction in both choral singing and conducting. In 2014 she graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she studied choral conducting with the renowned conductor Rupert Gough alongside her degree in music and psychology, before completing her master’s in musicology at the University of Amsterdam.
Sanda currently enjoys an international career as a professional singer, having performed with the Latvian National Opera and the Riga-based vocal ensemble Putni. As a choral singer, Sanda has appeared with ensembles such as the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, the Nederlands Kammerkoor, and the Berlin-based RIAS Kammerkoor. Since 2018, Sanda has been a regular member of the professional Dutch ensemble Cappella Amsterdam, with whom she has toured extensively throughout Europe.
Sanda is the regular conductor of several ensembles within the Netherlands, including the Utrecht-based chamber choir Concerto Cherise, The Cecilia International Choir of the Hague, and the Rotterdam-based ensemble Corps d’Esprit.