Performances

City Sirens present “Uncovered”!

Come along on 30 June to watch our summer offering of beautiful A Capella music!

We would love it if you could join us for some of our classic numbers such as Sweet Dreams and Sound of Silence as well as new arrangements from Robbie Williams and David Bowie…

Our concert is to be hosted by the beautiful Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay. The concert starts at 8.00pm and there will be refreshments from their onsite bar.

We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with you.

Tickets are just £8 and are available from ticketsource.co.uk

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City Sirens Easter Concert

12802973_680878225387049_8199154768880565635_nFollowing on from our fantastic Christmas concert, we are delighted to announce the launch of our informal Spring Concert, to be held on Thursday 24th March, at 8pm at Whitchurch Methodist Church.

Come along to hear new a cappella tunes as well as some old favourites – and a free drink and hot cross bun is included in the ticket price!

Tickets are on sale now for the fantastic price of just £5.00 per person and can be purchased at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/237984

Tickets are limited so remember to order your tickets nice and early to avoid disappointment!

We look forward to seeing you on the 24th!

Happy second anniversary Sirens!

City SirensI can’t believe it’s been two years! It was an ordinary September morning when I received an email from a big choir in Cardiff who had decided to close their waiting list. I’d been on it for about a year after moving to Cardiff and was very sad. But I noticed something, all the girls on the waiting list (and it was all girls because there are always more women than men who want to be involved in the arts) had been “cc’d” or copied into the email. I thought – why not get all these Social at Giovanni's in Cardiff!lovely ladies together to sing?

I popped an email to the ladies on the list to see if I could start something up with them. Although I’d been in an A Capella choir at university which I became the President of, I have never really learnt to read music and certainly couldn’t teach anyone! I asked in the email if anyone knew anyone who could help.

10464013_423958574412350_4643447921410100785_nAmazingly, one of the ladies on the list lived in the same building as Tom Colwell, a professional singer and teacher and before I knew it I was chatting to Tom in my work’s kitchen and we decided to meet up to find out what we could do. Tom had taught choirs before and was keen to help in this venture.

The first rehearsal took place in Wonderland Studios and we started with a Christmas carol – I think it may have even been Away in a Manger (sounds so tingly in three part harmony!) Christmas Concert 2014The next week we moved into Cathays Methodist Church which has been our home ever since. Around the end of November we decided to showcase the four songs we had managed to get together and invite our friends and family. Then we had minced pies and mulled wine!

In January we started again and spent most of that year with about 10 members. It was hard. But by the time the second Christmas concert rolled round, this time in a real venue and with tickets we’d sold, we had a real, proper choir. And things have gone from strength to strength. Even the change IMG_7512from last Christmas to this year’s summer concert is evident if you listen to our recordings.

CKR8O6FWcAA7TkFWe’ve been so lucky and called upon many favours and we’ve now had five musical directors who we would not be here without. Thank you to each and every one of the lovely ladies who has been a member over any part of the last two years. I’m excited about our next concert in the Norwegian Church and hope you can come along for some festive cheer!

Here’s to another successful year!

City Sirens perform at the Welsh Proms!

Yesterday, Sunday 19 July, some of the Sirens were lucky enough to be involved with the Welsh Family Prom at St David’s Hall in the city centre.CKR8O6FWcAA7TkF

The prom itself was themed around an award ceremony giving out awards to instruments which made the music possible. From Jurassic Park to Star Wars, the Lion King and the Hunger Games, there was something for all the family.

We were invited to take part in a ‘flash mob’ style event, picking up some of the verses in The Hanging Tree from The Hunger Games and we dressed up like glamorous ladies attending an awards ceremony!

The day began with a run through with other members of different choirs who had learnt the piece as well, and after a dress rehearsal we took to our seats as the crowds took to theirs, ready to make a surprise performance towards the end of the show!

The performance went very well and many members of the audience were indeed very surprised by the moment when we all starting getting to our feet, joining in the singing with the performers on stage at intervals. Then we sat down and enjoyed the rest of the show.

The day was compered by the fantastic Wynne Evans and the show was clearly very well received, with huge applause at the end. Finally we got to see our names in lights, rolling as the credits went off into the distance ‘Star Wars style’.

We’re looking forward to more flash mobs and ad hoc performances in the future! After such a wonderful day we went out for a few drinks to celebrate too.

We will be breaking from next Tuesday until the beginning of September for our summer break. Make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter to ensure you keep up to date with our work, the date for our Christmas concert and, if you’re interested in joining us, any vacancies we have!

Norwegian Church to host City Sirens

We are very pleased that we will be taking on our biggest venue yet; the beautiful Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay, on Thursday 25 June 2015, at 7.30pm.Norwegian_Church,_Cardiff - Nick_Russill

Featuring lots of new material and some golden oldies we will be taking on the musicals, Disney and some classic pop songs!

Tickets are on sale now, and you can buy them through our Facebook page, or from Ticketsource.co.uk

We would be delighted if you could join us, so please avoid disappointment by getting your ticket now!

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Christmas message from City Sirens

The choir which started from a waiting list may soon be a choir with its own waiting list!

When we started the group, we aimed to get to around 25 members. We have been lucky enough to get more than that and we now have 30 – 10 of each part. We are currently keeping an alto space open, as one of our longest serving members is on maternity leave, but we do want to make sure that she can come back so unfortunately can’t make that space available permanently at this time.

We have gone from strength to strength in 2014 and our sold out Christmas concert was a definite high point. We have also performed at the Vale Resort’s Christmas craft fair, Chapter Arts Festive Food Fair and had another concert in our rehearsal home, Cathays Methodist Church.

We’ve also been featured in the South Wales Echo and have had amazing support from many people. So, as it’s Christmas, we’d like to say a proper thank you to everyone at Cathays Methodist Church, James Davies from Compass Media Relations, Julian Martin who as the husband to one of our lovely members and dad to another two members, has arranged a number of songs for us. We’d also like to thank and show support for small business printers Touch Paper Graphics on Crwys Road, and Gerald J Davies who stepped in at the last moment to ensure we had safe fairy lights at our Christmas concert!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in 2014 – and we hope that you will stay with us in 2015 for more musical fun and splendour!

Sold out!

IMG_6003A quick and long overdue update – we have been lucky enough to sell out our Christmas concert in Chapter Arts Centre on Wednesday 10 December.

If you didn’t manage to get a ticket we will be going back to Chapter just a few days later on Sunday 14 December at 1.30pm at their Food Festival. We will be donning our Christmas jumpers and getting into the festive spirit once more!

We hope to take on some more singing opportunities in the new year, and will be publicising them online. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news.

You can also now sign up to keep in touch with City Sirens and find out what we’re up to!

Tickets on sale for Christmas Concert!

10440634_415211015287106_1690071140921749291_nWe are pleased to announce that our tickets go on sale today.

Chapter Arts Centre in Canton will be playing host to City Sirens on Wednesday 10 December 2014. Included in the ticket price of £8 is a free glass of wine or soft drink and a minced pie.

The concert will feature a mix of old and new music with Christmas songs for everyone to enjoy.

Buy your tickets now from the Chapter website!

 

For more information or to share news of the event – pop on over to Facebook to get involved.

 

Christmas concert date and tickets

1450751_946347766340_2126929377_nWe are pleased to announce that our Christmas concert will be taking place at Chapter arts centre, in Canton (details below) on Wednesday 10 December 2014. The concert will begin at 8pm and for the bargain ticket price of £8 you will also receive a glass of wine (or soft drink) and a minced pie.

We’re very excited to be branching out just a few short weeks after our first anniversary, and we hope that you will join us.

Tickets go on sale from Chapter’s box office from Saturday 1 November. You will be able to buy your tickets from the Chapter website.

Due to this, from Tuesday 21 October, we will not be accepting new members until the new year as we want everyone to be able to learn the content and be fully prepared. We will return on Tuesday 6 January 2015.

If you are interested in finding out more about the choir you can still attend a session to observe and see what we do. Just get in touch by emailing citysirenscardiff@gmail.com.

Swinging summer concert

10440634_415211015287106_1690071140921749291_nWe were thrilled to perform to a great audience the other night, our second concert since starting in November 2013.

We’d like to say thank you to everyone who attended and for being so generous in the collection!

We will now be taking a short break while musical director Tom goes to Italy and performs in La Boheme – lucky guy!

We’ll be back rehearsing from 22 July.

We are keen to try new things, so if you hear of a singing opportunity that you think we could participate in, or a busking slot, please let us know. We also would love to hear from ladies who fancy joining, so do get in touch if you fancy having a go.

Songs from the concert will be uploaded soon, so watch (or listen) to this space!