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  • "Like a warm hug"
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 8 May 2024

    There are so many benefits of singing! The ABC recently had an article about the neuroscience of singing. Here is the link to this excellent ABC article.

    There are other articles on our Benefits of singing webpage. And then find out how to join our choir on our Become a member page.

    Quotes from the ABC article "The neuroscience of singing: How choirs help our brains and bodies recover from burnout"
    "singing as part of a group can alleviate feelings of loneliness and isolation, and increase self-efficacy and self-esteem"

    "long-term, engaging in musical activities has been shown to support neuroplasticity — that is, the ability to heal and adapt, creating new pathways over time — in healthy ageing brains"

    Enjoy the ABC article and we invite you to join our choir!

  • New members in 2024
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 9 Jan 2024

    Do you want some joy and harmony in your life? Join our choir and be enriched by the therapeutic power of community and singing!

    New members are warmly invited to join us in 2024. Our new year of singing starts on Tuesday 6 February 2024 at 7.30pm at St Ninians Church, corner Brigalow and Mouat Streets, Lyneham. 

    Prospective new members must contact our Membership officer before you come - email   
    For more information, visit our Become a member page and while you are there, read about the many benefits of singing and check out our Listen to us page and our YouTube channel.  No auditions or previous singing experience are required.

    We look forward to welcoming YOU as a new member in 2024!

  • Farewell Johanna and welcome Christine
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 9 Jan 2024

    FAREWELL Johanna and THANK YOU!
    In December 2023, Johanna retired as our Musical Director. The Cyrenes thank Johanna for her fantastic musical leadership as our musical director for 10 years, from September 2013 to December 2023. She brought us the pleasure and joy of beautiful vibrant harmony and ensemble singing and also brought us lots of fun. Our repertoire under Johanna's guidance was full of powerful meaningful music, both in words and musically. She was also dedicated to the Cyrenes' underlying philosophy that singing is part of the joy and wellbeing of life.

    WELCOME Christine
    We are delighted to welcome Christine Butt as our new Musical Director. Christine has extensive musical experience. Read about her in this bio.

  • Cyrenes Christmas Concert, Fri 8 Dec, 7pm
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 11 Nov 2023
    Cyrenes Christmas Concert, Fri 8 Dec, 7pm

    We are delighted to invite you to join us at a lovely evening of singing, peace and goodwill! As usual, there will be a joyful session of community singing featuring some of your favourite carols including a set of Aussie Christmas carols.

    Friday 8 December 2023, 7pm at St Ninians Uniting Church, corner Mouat and Brigalow Sts, Lyneham.

    Entry $10
    Seniors/Concession $5
    Kids free

    Light refreshments will be served.
  • Together in Joyous Harmony
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 13 May 2023
    Together in Joyous Harmony

    Two women's choirs singing beautiful and joyous harmony! The Cyrenes from Canberra and The Trill Seekers from Melbourne are joining together to present an evening that celebrates the joy of singing.

    The concert will be on Saturday 1 July 2023 at 7pm. The venue is The Chapel, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, corner of Kings Ave and Blackall St, Barton.

    Tickets are available at the door or you can buy them via Trybooking or use the QR code on the poster. Adult tickets are $20, Concession $15 and children are free.

    During the break, refreshments will be served.

    Don't miss this first ever combined concert! We look forward to seeing you there.

  • Christmas Concert, Fri 9 Dec, 7pm
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 10 Nov 2022
    Christmas Concert, Fri 9 Dec, 7pm

    Hi family and friends

    We are excited to present a Christmas concert this year! We will be singing some new songs and some old favourites - all within the mood of these times. 

    We will have a fun and heartwarming singalong of Christmas songs, featuring three songs written in the 1940s by John Wheeler with music by William G James. 

    Please bring along all that you need (eg cutlery, crockery, drinks) for an indoor picnic at our Christmas-themed tables.

    Please join us for a joyful and friendly evening with family and friends as we celebrate the end of a challenging year and welcome the festive season. 

  • Equinox Evening Concert, 23 Sept 2022
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 27 Aug 2022
    Equinox Evening Concert, 23 Sept 2022

    Hi family and friends of the Cyrenes

    We warmly invite you to our spring Equinox Evening Concert on Friday, 23 September at 7pm. We are delighted to be able to perform for you. We will have many new songs and also some old favourites!

    Entry is by donation. Please bring your own picnic - we will have our usual tables beautifully set up. 

    It will be held at St Ninians Uniting Church Hall, 150 Brigalow St (corner of Brigalow and Mouat Sts), Lyneham.

    Join us for an evening of song and harmony!

  • New members in 2022
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 12 Mar 2022

    We are delighted to be able to resume our face-to-face rehearsals and we can now welcome new members. You must contact our Membership Officer at membership.enquiries@cyrenes. if you wish to come to a rehearsal to check us out.

    The choir has several Covid protocols that are required by our venue - read these on our Become a member webpage.

  • Enjoy our Christmas concert on YouTube
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 6 Dec 2021

    We had a fabulous and joyous Christmas concert for family and friends on Saturday 4 December. Our first set included 5 new songs, most of which we learned in our productive Zoom sessions and then polished when we finally got back together face-to-face. And then we had a very enjoyable set of Christmas favourites.

    Our wonderful concert is on our
    YouTube channel - enjoy our songs!

    From all the Cyrenes to all of you, we wish you a very Merry Christmas to everyone! We look forward to a wonderful harmonious year in 2022!


  • We celebrated our 30th anniversary, Nov 2019
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 15 Oct 2019
    We celebrated our 30th anniversary, Nov 2019

    We were thrilled to celebrate our 30th anniversary in 2019.. Our gala concert on Saturday 23 November 2019 brought together former and current members of the Cyrenes to sing some of our old favourites!

    We performed at The Chapel, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall St, Barton ACT.

    Read all about it here!!

  • Photos from International Women's Day at the Museum 2018
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 23 Jul 2018
    Photos from International Women's Day at the Museum 2018

    Have a look at our fabulous photos from our performance for International Women's Day at the National Museum of Australia, 8 March 2018. 

  • Jam for Refugees, Fri 1 June 2018
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 30 May 2018
    Jam for Refugees, Fri 1 June 2018

    The Jam for Refugees will run from 10.30am to 8.30pm at the All Saints Anglican Church, Cowper St, Ainslie ACT. The Cyrenes will perform at 12.30pm and will also join the Chorus of Women in some songs.

    This day-long concert features some of Canberra's finest musicians, jamming in support of refugees. Come when you can, leave when you must. Entry by donation. Presented by All Saints Anglican Church and the Canberra Refugee Action Committee

  • IWD 2018
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 5 Mar 2018
    IWD 2018

    International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We are looking forward to our performance for IWD at the National Museum - Thursday 8 March from 12-1pm.

    Here is a link to our event at the National Museum 

    And read more about activities and themes for IWD

  • International Women's Day at the National Museum, 8 March, 12.30pm
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 21 Feb 2018

    We are delighted to have been invited to sing for International Women's Day on Thursday 8 March at the National Museum of Australia. Our performance will be in the foyer at 12.30pm. We will sing a range of songs including women's classics such as Quiet, Tiddas and Shakin' the Tree, 

  • Why sing? Reap the many benefits of singing
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 11 Jan 2017

    Why sing? Because there are many benefits of singing in a choir - physical, psychological and social. The Cyrenes say that singing is part of the joy and well-being of life. And there is an increasing amount of research that agrees with us!

    Visit our benefits of singing webpage and be convinced - and then come and sing with us in 2017!

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