A year to remember

city sirensWell, that’s a wrap for 2017 and we’ve got lots to celebrate.

We’ve had loads of new sirens join us, making this year’s Christmas concert our biggest and best yet. We’ve sung in some beautiful venues – St Mary’s in Whitchurch and St German’s last weekend, as well as the Pomegranate Jazz Club on a lovely summer’s day in July.

We had the pleasure of being able to sing in St David’s shopping centre again this year, fundraising for Breast Cancer Care.

We celebrated our 4th birthday, marking 4 years since Emma Sands, founder of City Sirens, started the group with a few like-minded women who wanted to come together and sing a Capella music… and look how we’ve grown!

A big thank you to everyone who has continued to support us this year, to Rachel, our MD, and to all the members of the choir who have worked so hard and made rehearsals a fun place to come in the middle of a busy week and spend time with friends.

We can’t wait for 2018.

Look out for exciting updates in the new year on social media.

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!

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!