History

Founded in 1990 by the celebrated conductor, Jean Stanley Jones MBE, Cantorion Sirenian Singers are a choir of some 50 voices based in North East Wales.

Achieving international recognition on the competitive and concert platforms, they are recognised for their unique sound, excellent technique and breadth of repertoire, achieving particular recognition for their promotion of Contemporary Welsh music.

The choir’s reputation has been founded on its considerable success at British and International Festivals.  First prizes were achieved at Budapest, Cork, Riva del Garda, Elgar Festival, Worcester, Choir of Choirs Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Freckleton and Peterborough. In 2011 they swept the board at Bangor International Choral Festival (Northern Ireland), winning four first prizes and the prestigious Choir of Choirs award. At home they have secured numerous prizes at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Aberteifi Festival, and twice won the mixed competition at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod before becoming the first Welsh choir to win the coveted Choir of the World Trophy in 1998.

The Sirenians have given concerts at leading venues including the Dom Cathedral in Berlin, the Thomaskirche in Leipzig (where J S Bach was Kapellmeister), Symphony Hall Birmingham and St. David’s Hall, Cardiff; appearing with leading artists such as Lesley Garrett, Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans, Dennis O’Neill, Catrin Finch and Philip Madoc.
They were the choir selected to represent Wales in Barcelona during the ‘Wales in Catalonia’ Celebrations and in 2009 were chosen by the Ballet Rambert as their guest choir in performances at Theatr Clwyd of Howard Goodall’s innovative choral ballet ‘Eternal Light –a Requiem', composed in 2008.

Cantorion Sirenian Singers regularly appear on radio and television and have released three CDs – ‘Rachmaninov to Rutter’, ‘Sirenians’ and ‘Christus Natus’.

DATE: 30th May 2015
EVENT: Concert in aid of the Alzheimer's Society
VENUE: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
PROGRAMME: Mahler, Symphony number 2 'Resurrection'
DETAILS: The Wrexham Symphony Orchestra, Altrincham Choral Society, Buxton Musical Society, Manchester Chorale. Conductor: Richard Howarth. Soloists: April Frederick soprano, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones alto
TICKETS: Available from The Bridgewater Hall Box Office 0161 907 9000 or www.bridgewaterhall.co.uk

DATE: 27th June 2015
EVENT: Joint Concert
VENUE: Wrexham Methodist Church, Regent Street, Wrexham
DETAILS: The concert will begin at 7.30 pm, and the following choirs will perform music from a variety of genres. Cantorion Sirenian, Dragon Song Choir, Lutnia Choir from Poland, The Tenovus Choir and The Wrexham Community Choir. The concert will close with the choirs and audience singing Calon Lan and the National Anthem.

DATE: 24th July 2015
EVENT: Private Wedding

DATE: 3rd December 2015
EVENT: Concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care
VENUE: St Giles Church, Wrexham
PROGRAMME: Weinachten, Felix Mendelssohn. Hodie Christus Natus Est, Benjamin Britten.Jesus Child John Rutter. The Crown of roses, Tchaikovsky. Si-Lw-Li, Llifon Hughes -Jones. A babe is born, William Matthias. Items by Wrexham County Senior Brass Band. Sure on this shining night, Morten Lauridsen. The Three Kings, Peter Cornelius, Soloist Oliver Sammons. Huron Carol, arr William Llewellyn. Sussex Carol arr David Willcocks.
Interval. Vuelie, Frode Fjellheim. Shepherd's Pipe Carol, John Rutter. I Wonder as I Wander, arr Andrew Carter, Solist Oliver Sammons. In The Bleak Midwinter, arr Harold Dark, Soloists Jill Bent @ Jim Allen. Christmas Pudding Jonathan Willcocks. Items by Wrexham County Senior Brass Band. The Virgin Mary, arr Vaughan Meakins. Starlight Lullaby, Philip Lane. O holy Night, Adolphe Adam, Soloists Mary Mason and Oliver Sammons Christmas Medley arr Peter Hope. Choir, Band and Congregration Hark The Herald Angels Sing.
DETAILS: The Guest Artists for tonights concert are Wrexham County Senior Brass Band under their Conductor Steve Atherton.
TICKETS: Tickets are £10.00 each (Under 16yrs free accompanied by an adult) Tickets also available from Sheena Williams on 07973 260180 or from Choir members or purchased at the door on the night. Refreshments may be purchased at the venue.

3rd March 2014
Charity Concert for Athritis Research, Wrexham Petite Messe Solenelle, Rossini Soloists Hannah Poulson, Beth Moxon,Conal Bembridge-Sayers,Ben Tomlin

25th May 2014
The Morning Service broadcast live on BBC Radio Four, Wrexham

14th June 2014
World War One Commemorative Concert, Gresford

18th October 2014
Charity concert for The Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital,Liverpool Guest Artists Magull Wind Orchestra

1st November 2014
Remembrance Day Concert for The Poppy Appeal, Llay Featured artists Northop Silver Band, organist Paul Crofts

29th November 2014
Sure On This Shining Night, Seasonal Concert,Mold Soloists Bethan Griffiths, Charlotte Thomas

13th December 2014
Christmas Concert, Gresford
Guest artists Victoria Junior School Choir

DATE: 22-06-2013
EVENT: Gala Charity Concert for The Shooting Star Appeal featuring renowned Welsh Tenor Rhys Meirion.
VENUE: St Giles Church, Wrexham

DATE: 12-07-2013
EVENT: Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Evening Concert performance of The Verdi 'Requiem' as part of the International Festival Chorus.
VENUE: The Eisteddfod Pavilion, Llangollen.

DATE: 07-08-2013.
EVENT: Premier of the mixed voices Eisteddfod winning composition by Ieuan Wyn entitled 'Cariad'
VENUE: The Eisteddfod Pavilion, Denbigh

DATE: 21-09-2013
EVENT: First performance of 'Requiem' by John Hosking at The St Asaph Music Festival.
VENUE: St Asaph Cathedral

DATE: 20-11-2013
EVENT: Concert for The Maelor Music Club, featuring 'Magnificat' by John Rutter.
VENUE: Penley, Wrexham

DATE: 14-12-2013
EVENT: Christmas Concert, featuring international Christmas music
VENUE: All Saints Church, Gresford, Wrexham

DATE: 18-12-2013
EVENT: Concert for The Sparks Charity, featuring traditional and contemporary Christmas Music
VENUE: Private Chapel of The Grosvenor Estate, Chester

 

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