The Ariosa Singers
Edwina Hart MBE OStJ President
Karl Jenkins and Carol Barrat Jenkins Joint Patrons
Natalya Romaniw Music Patron
The Ariosa Singers is a choir of young singers from Swansea and the surrounding areas. They meet for rehearsals every Sunday afternoon in Llywnderw Hall, next to Mayals School, Fairwood Road, West Cross Swansea. Call 01792 406062 for more details.
Many of the senior members are studying singing and music at Conservatoires and Universities and others hope to do the same in the future. For some of the singers, music will always be a much-loved pastime as they follow careers in other fields. The Singers have a wide repertoire Repertoire which includes: Handel’s Christmas Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Coronation Mass, Lotti’s Crucifixus, Elgar’s The Snow and Lux Aeterna, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man, a Mass for Peace, Ave Verum and Gloria, Robat Arwyn’s Benedictus. Monteverdi’s Deus in Adjutorium together with music theatre hits, commissioned pieces and special arrangements.
Soloists are usually drawn from past and present members of the choir. The Singers have performed in various venues including All Saints Church, Oystermouth Swansea, St. Mary’s Swansea, St Peter’s Church Newton, Mumbles Methodist Church, St Cattwg’s Church Port Eynon, Llanrhidian Church, Gower, St David’s Church Neath, St Catharine’s Church Baglan, Margam Abbey, Ostreme Hall, St Benedict’s RC Church and St Joseph’s RC Cathedral, Swansea. They have sung in concerts vwith Morriston Orpheus, Morriston RFC Choir, Gwalia Singers, Pontarddulais, Dunvant and Pendyrus Male Choirs.
The Ariosa singers are well travelled. They undertake regular concert tours:
- In 2006 they travelled to Dublin when they sang the Hallelujah Chorus on the steps of the restored Hall in Fishamble Street where Messiah was first performed and received a standing ovation in Christchurch Cathedral.
- In 2007 the Singers gave a series of concerts in Prague performing Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the Betramka Mozart Museum where the composer stayed, in the People’s Hall in Podebrady, St Anne Karlovy Vary in aid of Church funds and in St Nicholas Church. The Singers participate in charity concerts.
- In July 2008 the Singers travelled to Paris to present Fauré’s Requiem in the Church of la Madeleine where the composer was organist and where the first performance of the Requiem was given. The Requiem was also performed in Chartres Cathedral. The Singers gave recitals in the American Church to yet another standing ovation and in Chateau Lormoy. They concert tours are not just performance based. The Ariosas have cruised the Liffy, the Vltava and the Seine, seen Don Giovanni in its original performance space, done a Viking Ride, a ghost walk, climbed the Eiffel Tower and spent a day at DisneyLand Paris.
- 2009 Barcelona: Girona Cathedral, Claustre Hostelric, the Church of Lloret, Montserrat Abbey, and Barcelona Cathedral.
- 2010 Florence and Tuscany: Pisa Cathedral, Chiesa Santa Maria dei Ricci, Barco Reale Amphitheatre, and the Basilica Santa Maria Assunta, Montecatini.
- 2011 Venice: Chiesa San Giovanni Elemosinario, the English Church of St George, Chiesa Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and the Jesolo Community Hall
- 2012 Rome: Singing at Mass on July 23rd St Peter's Basilica; St. Pauls within the walls, St Euctachio's Church and a Retirement Home run by the Little Sisters of the Poor.
- 2013 Catalonia, Spain Girona Cathedral, Claustre Hostelric, the Church of Lloret, Montserrat Abbey, and Barcelona Cathedral.
- 2016 They made a return visit to DUBLIN with concerts at Christchurch Cathedral, St Audeon's Church, Church of the Assumption in Howth and sang at the Belmont Nursing home. See photos
- 2017 Edinburgh - singing at St Mary's Cathedral, Cannongate Church and Strachen Residential home for the elderly
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The Singers have raised money for many charities including Longfields Centre, Breast Cancer Care Wales, Prostate Cancer Care, the NSPCC, Save the Children, Air Ambulance Wales, Maggie's Cancer Care unit, Singleton Hospital, Holy Cross Church West Cross, Golau Cancer Care, EDS Research, the RNLI, St Peter's Church Newton, Swansea.
Their Director is Penny Ryan who has studied at the universities of London, Cambridge and Wales. She has a degree in English and a Master’s degree in education together with several music performance diplomas. She has been a Headteacher and College Principal, has sung professionally and recorded for EMI and now teaches privately with her pupils including many of the Ariosa Singers. She serves on several national committees and is Choral and Festival Director at All Saints. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded an OBE for services to education. Penny is Chair of the Swansea and Brecon Royal School of Church Music committee. She has been awarded a Certificate of Special Merit by the Royal School of Church Music for services to choral music.
Accompanists 2017: Lisa Mears, Leslie Ryan, Rachel Hunter and James Gough
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