Serendipity was formed in 2001 by its Musical Director Timothy Rhys-Evans and although still a very young choir, they have already been recognized as one of Wales’ most innovative and diverse choirs winning S4C’s hotly contested Côr Cymru in spring 2005.
Their busy schedule on the concert platform has included performances in venues such as the Wales Millennium Centre, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall with orchestras including Sinfonia Cymru, BBC NOW, WNO, and the LPO and individuals such as Shân Cothi, Karl Jenkins, Katherine Jenkins, Aled Jones and Bryn Terfel.
Broadcast and recording work has included regular appearances on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 and on BBC television, ITV1Wales and S4C with highlights including Radio 3’s ‘The Choir’ and S4C’s Christmas Day special of Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol from Caerphilly Castle.
The choir’s repertoire is as diverse as it is exciting. The choir’s musical language spans centuries and includes Sacred Music, Opera, Jazz, Musical Theatre and cutting edge contemporary music, including in June 2006, premiering a specially commissioned choral cycle by John Hardy entitled ‘Spaces – Beyond the End of the Universe’.
Serendipity – Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, their debut album shows the more reflective side of the choir. Music of the English Cathedral tradition, German Romanticism, American contemporary choral music and, of course, our own tradition of Welsh Sacred music are all featured on this CD. With its strong accent on spirituality, this album includes music that, for many years, has consoled, enlightened and uplifted its listeners.
- AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM
- LUX AURUMQUE
- GIVE ME JESUS
- SOULS OF THE RIGHTEOUS
- THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU
- LAY A GARLAND
- I WAS GLAD WHEN THEY SAID UNTO ME
- FROLOCKET IHR VOLKER AUF ERDEN