History – About Us

History

On December 18, 1962, Robin Boyle and sixteen amateur singers met together in Shouson Hill to inaugurate The Robin Boyle Singers. When Robin Boyle left Hong Kong, the choir kept the name The Robin Boyle Singers until 1977. At that time, they decided to take the name of the patron Saint of Music, Saint Cecilia, and have since been known as The Cecilian Singers.

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Saint Cecilia of Rome

The choir’s original aim was to promote European choral music with a repertoire spanning at least five centuries. It started out predominantly as an a cappella group, performing both sacred and secular music. Over the years, the choir has also sung some larger works by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Handel, often with a small orchestra and soloists.

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The choir holds its popular Christmas concert in St. John’s Cathedral and for its Spring concert  the venue varies. We are known for singing a mixed repertoire: from madrigals, world music to Mozart -a capella or accompanied.

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We have many choir members who have sung with us for at least eight years – they are a loyal bunch! One choir member, Judy Butler has been with the choir for over thirty years – she is very much the choir matriarch. We are also very grateful to Kent Lee our wonderful conductor since 2012 and Ciara Shannon, our chairwoman since 2010.

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Started in 1962, the Cecilian Singers is a mixed choir in Hong Kong that sings a myriad repertoire from madrigals, world music to Mozart in the style of a cappella harmonies or pieces with accompaniment.