Sirens will present an online event to launch its first album, Boundless, on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:00 PM.
The group recorded these works in December 2019 with noted producer Jeff Reilly of Halifax, who has produced albums for the Canadian Chamber Choir and Xara Choral Theatre. Captured in the beautiful acoustics of the Church of St. Bonaventure in Tracadie Cross, the recording was to be released during a live performance earlier this year. However, like so many other aspects of life recently, those plans had to be rearranged.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the world of live music, but Sirens is seeking ways to engage with its singers and its audiences. The songs of Boundless tell stories about struggle and the resiliency of the human spirit. Although it was recorded before the current pandemic, its message is even more powerful now.
Artistic Director Kelsea McLean describes it this way: “Our first album honours women’s propensity for resilience. When confronted with life’s obstacles, women have an innate drive to overcome and seek freedom from their suffering and challenges. This album tells stories of these adversities, but more importantly, it journeys to a place of hope and light,” said McLean.
“Reaching lightness could not happen without the fortitude of strong women working together in community. Boundless is a celebration of an uplifting and encouraging sisterhood. It is through our shared love and support that we take flight and soar!”
This special event will include the world premiere of Katerina Gimon’s choral work “In Her Image,” with text by poet Lauren Peat. The virtual début of this piece will be presented through the work of Island filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes. Mille and her team recently spent a day with the singers in and around historic St. Mary’s Church in Indian River. She captured footage of the physically-distancing singers and has created a visual story to accompany the composition, thanks to support from FACTOR, who also funded the creation of the album.
Be sure to join Siren on YouTube from the comfort of your home. Watch this special virtual launch on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 8:00 PM AST.
Harmonia is a choir for girls who love to sing. It provides a safe place where girls can have fun, make new friends, and discover the joys of singing in a group. The ensemble is starting its seventh season and is now accepting new singers.
Sirens Choral Association (SCA) runs Harmonia as its principal educational program. The group will provide meaningful educational opportunities for singers, while maintaining the health and safety protocols recommended by the Chief Public Health Office.
Under the leadership of Kelsea McLean, artistic director, and Andrea Ellis, assistant director and pianist, Harmonia’s programming includes two choirs: Harmonia Junior for girls aged 10-14, and Harmonia Senior for girls aged 14-19.
In past seasons, Harmonia has participated in local music festivals, earning the Community Youth Choir Award in 2017 and 2018 at the Queen’s County Music Festival, and Connie and Bud Ings Award for Youth Choir at the PEI Kiwanis Music Festival in 2018. Harmonia has collaborated with Sirens and the PEI Symphony Orchestra, and has performed at Province House, Music Monday, and PEI Junior Honour Choir events.
Location: Park Royal United Church, Charlottetown;
Rehearsals are weekly on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:45 PM for Harmonia Junior, and 7:30-9:00 PM for Harmonia Senior, ensembles rehearse together from 7:30-7:45 PM;
Rehearsals are held in-person, following strict safety protocols; rehearsals will pivot to an online format if restrictions are put in place by the CPHO;
Regular rehearsals begin on September 21, and will run until April 26;
Harmonia is planning to produce two concerts this season: Saturday, December 10, 7pm and Saturday, April 30th, 2:30pm;
Registration for the year is $150, or $75 for one term. There are bursaries available to those families who may find the registration fee a deterrent to participation. CLICK HERE to learn more;
Community Service Bursary hours are awarded to participating high school students.