Christmas is coming!
Rehearsals are now under way for our 2016 Christmas concert season. The theme this year is 'A Winter Walk'.
If you are part of the international community in The Hague and joining a new choir is an ambition on your agenda for the season 2016-17, then do not be afraid to show up at one of our rehearsals in September. For 40 years we have seen our members come and go as is typical for those with internationally-mobile careers or partners. Our 41st season will surely be no different. Come and give us a try!
2016 September 21
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? We are presently short of MALE VOICES - so find out more here.
We assure you of a warm welcome.
We are a mixed group of four voices - Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass with, in total, around 80 members. English is the language of rehearsal but we welcome all 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.
We perform concerts at least three times per year. Please come and listen! Details of upcoming performances are given on the Concerts page.
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.