On Saturday 23 June the Cecilia International Choir of The Hague, together with soloists, organ and instrumental accompaniment, will perform Gounod’s ‘Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile’, Purcell’s ‘Ode for St Cecilia’s Day’ and Howell’s ‘A Hymn for St Cecilia’ among other choruses and selected pieces. The concert will take place in the Nieuwe Badkapel church on the Nieuwe Parklaan in Scheveningen at 8pm.
St. Cecilia Mass is the common name of a solemn mass in G major by Charles Gounod, composed in 1855. The official name is ‘Messe Solennelle en l’Honneur de Sainte Cécile’, (In homage of St. Cecilia, the Patron Saint of Music). The St. Cecilia Mass was Gounod’s first major work.
The direction of the soloists, choir and instrumentalists is in the hands of the choir’s full-time conductor, Sanda Audere, who comes from Latvia. The soloists, instrumentalists and string quartet are:
- Yun Park – soprano
- Tim Braithwaite – counter-tenor
- Thomas de Bruijn – tenor
- Robert Brouwer – bass
- David Schlaffke – organ
- Laurie Carpenter – trumpet
- William McLeish – violin 1
- Kellen McDaniel – violin 2
- Novile Maceinaite – viola
- Leonid Nikishin – cello
The Cecilia International Choir started in 1976 when a group of British expatriates in The Hague got together to enjoy singing. We are now one of the longest established English-speaking mixed voice choirs in South Holland, numbering over 70 members of all ages from many different European countries, North America and further afield.
Tickets for the concert, which include an interval refreshment cost €18 if purchased in advance or €20 if purchased at the door on the evening of the concert. For schoolchildren and students the price is only €10.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting the choir’s website http://www.cecilia-choir.com or via any member of the choir.