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Les Sirenes Female Chamber Choir

Les Sirenes Female Chamber Choir

Les Sirenes is a Glasgow-based female chamber choir consisting of 26 vocalists, all students and graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD). In October 2012, the choir was awarded the prestigious title of Choir of the Year 2012, after an extensive UK-wide search and a competitive Grand Final held at London's Royal Festival Hall. The ensemble was established in 2007 by present musical director Andrew Nunn and performs regularly across Scotland and beyond, having given concerts in renowned venues such as Glasgow Cathedral, the SECC, Dunkeld Cathedral, Paisley Abbey, the Mackintosh Church, the Queen's Hall, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and London's Cadogan Hall. The choir has also performed in more obscure locations, having "sung on the subway" as part of the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) promotion of the Glasgow underground.

As well as their victory in the Choir of the Year competition, the choir reached the semi-final stage of BBC1's Last Choir Standing in 2008. The ensemble has given the premiere performances of two works by composer Gareth Williams; Discipline in 2009 and Gethsemane in 2010, and is often called upon to collaborate with other artists. In October 2009 the choir performed with female vocal harmony group All Angels as part of the Paisley Choral Festival, and in December of the same year some members sang with the orchestra of Scottish Opera as part of the Children's Classics concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow. In 2008 the choir collaborated with director Marilyn Imry in a performance of a play called The Bones Boys, which was broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland. Wherever they perform or whatever the occasion, Les Sirenes is passionate about performance.

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Les Sirenes Female Chamber Choir : There Is No Rose : 00  1 CD :  : 710357624926 : NIM6249.2

Les Sirenes Female Chamber Choir : There Is No Rose

Review: There Is No Rose explores a wealth of repertoire drawn from the compositional output for female voices, from a wonderful group of British composers. The first part of the CD celebrates the centenary of one of the most prolific British composers of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten, while the rest of the program includes such gems as an incredibly moving setting by Tarik O Regan of a poignant poem by Anglican priest-poet Mark Pryce, a world-premiere recording of the haunting Coventry Carol set for four-part female choir by Lionel Salter, and Elgar s The Snow, a real showpiece for Les Sirenes and one of the works that secured their place in the Grand Final of Choir of the Year 2012!

Songlist: A Ceremony of Carols, Sweet was the Song, The Song of the Woman, The Oxen , Bring Rest, Sweet Dreaming Child , The Coventry Carol, Jesu, Thou the Virgin-Born, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, A Lullaby for Becky, The Snow, Deck the Halls, Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day, A Merry Christmas

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