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The Ariosa Singers

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Edwina Hart MBE OStJ   President

Karl Jenkins and Carol Barrat Jenkins  Joint Patrons

Natalya Romaniw  Music Patron


The Ariosa Singers is an independent 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, John Stainer's The Crucifixion, Lotti’s Crucifixus, Haydn's Little Organ Mass,  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:

For the latest concert venues and detail please click here

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, and Shelter Cymru

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 for 15 years was 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 2017-18: Lisa Mears, Leslie Ryan, Rachel Hunter and James Gough


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