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Christmas Concerts 2022 – What Sweeter Music

What Sweeter Music’ is the title of our Christmas Concerts this year. The words are from the beautiful and tender Christmas song written by Robert Herrick (1591–1674) with music composed by John Rutter.

The programme also features pieces by the American Daniel Elder ‘Ballade to the Moon’, Norwegian Ola Gjeilo ‘A Spotless Rose’, British Howard Goodall ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’ and Estonian Arvo Pärt ‘Bogoroditse Djevo’.

In addition, the programme includes some traditional and lively songs such as ‘I Saw Three Ships’ and provides opportunities for the audience to join in the singing of well known carols.

The soprano soloist will be Sofia Pedro. Pianist Eduardo Proença and organist Bert Mooiman will accompany the choir, all under the direction of our accomplished conductor Sanda Audere.

Dates, times and location of the carol concerts are:

Tuesday 13 December at 20:00 hrs

Deutsche Evangelische Gemeinde im Haag (German Church)
Bleijenburg 3B, Den Haag

Friday 16 December at 20:00 hrs

Oud-Katholieke Kerk, Juffrouw Idastraat 7, Den Haag

Sunday 11 December at 15:00 hrs

Sloterkerk, Osdorpweg 28, Amsterdam (Sloten)
The afternoon concert in the charming Sloterkerk is of shorter duration and organised by the Stichting Vrienden Sloterkerk. 

Past performances

Mozart Requiem & Madrigals was the title of our Summer Concert this year. We performed a selection of English Madrigals from Shakespeare’s time along with one of the most famous choral works in the classical repertoire, Mozart’s Requiem. The choir was conducted by Sanda Audere and joined by soloists Bethany Shepherd (soprano), Tim Braithwaite (alto), Stefan Kennedy (tenor) and Jonty Coy (bass), accompanied by organist Wim Voogd and a Viol Consort led by Alex Baker. The concert was held at the historic Lutherse Kerk in Den Haag.

Our last Christmas concerts, The Road Home, took place in December 2019 at the same locations as the planned concerts for 2021. After the Covid-induced stop on most of our activities and all concerts, we are very happy to be able to rehearse for our next concerts again.

Our last Summer Concert, Through Darkness to Light, took place on Saturday, June 29th 2019, 20:00, at the Nieuwe Badkapel, Nieuwe Parklaan 90, Scheveningen.

Please find below a picture of the choir and our conductor, just before the concert. Thank you, Hans van Bemmelen.

Cecilia International Choir 2019

Recordings of fragments from some performances may be downloaded by clicking the Recordings page.
A selection of posters from recent years is set out below, all the artwork was done by Colin Reeves.
Just click on the image for an enlargement.