One River was the ACT contribution to a 2013 Centenary of Canberra project in which 10 communities from Queensland, NSW, ACT, Victoria and South Australia participated in arts projects that told of their connections to the Murray Darling Basin. Canberra musicians, John Shortis and Moya Simpson, created original songs about our local links to rivers in the basin. One of these songs, One River Life Giver, was written for the National Carillon and a massed choir of 80 voices, made up of community choirs Worldly Goods and The Cyrenes. The piece was performed with the carillon played by lead carillonist Lyn Fuller.The Canberra Times - http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/-2s5h3.html
The finale of the One River project was an all-day art and music celebration at the Belconnen Arts Centre on 24 August 2013. The Cyrenes combined with the Worldly Goods Choir and The Ukulele Republic of Canberra to present wonderful old songs such as Murrumbidgee Rose, The Darling is the Darling of My Heart, and Murray Moon. The original songs included One River Life Giver (Carillon song) and Welcome Song.
Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, 25-27 October 2013
Canberra Hospital (Canberra Hospital Foundation Christmas Choir Festival), 15 December 2013
High Court of Australia, 22 December 2013 (part of The Musical Offering) - view photos
Cyrenes at the High Court of Australia, 13 January Cyrenes at the High Court, 24 February 2013 2013 (Photo: Eric Pozza)(Photo: Ian Foster)
Christmas in the City, Canberra, December 2012
Floriade, Canberra, September 2010, 2011, 2012
'Festival of Voices', Moruya Jazz Festival, 2010, 2011 and 2012
Multicultural Festival, Garema Place, Canberra, February 2010 and 2011
'Room to Read' for International Women's Day, Tilleys, Canberra, 2010 and 2011
Old Bus Depot Markets, Canberra, August 2011
'Groovin in the City', Garema Place, Canberra, December 2010
Official opening of the new Lyons Early Childhood School, Canberra, May 2010
ACT Government, International Women’s Day, Street Theatre, Canberra, 2010
National Folk Festival 2010, Canberra - singing with Kristina Olsen @ The Budawang, (see the YouTube clip), April 2010
Winter Solstice Celebration, June/July every year
Summer Solstice Celebration, November/December every year.
Past projects Over the years, the choir has received funding for a number of choir projects including the 2010 Canberra Multicultural Festival, organisation of an event for International Women's Day, musical development workshops and songwriting workshops.
The choir’s 10th birthday celebrations in 1999 included the recording of the choir's first commercial CD,For the Love of It. This CD, released in 2000, included many original songs written for an original musical production,On the Souls of Her Feet, telling the stories of 11 women.
The 20th birthday celebrations in 2009 included the launch of our latest CD, Diving For Pearls.
Cyrenes 2007 Multicultural Festival 2011 Launch of Diving for Pearls at the coast, (Photo: Ian Foster)2009 (Photo: D King)
Past performances The Cyrenes have performed for community groups and charity events such as:
Room to Read
Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)
Women's Centre for Health Matters
International Women's Development Agency
Community Aid Abroad
Nature and Society Forum
The Cyrenes have also performed in high profile concerts at:
National Folk Festival
Canberra Multicultural Festival
National Botanic Gardens Spring Fling
Major's Creek Folk Festival
Sydney a'cappella Festival
Tilley's Divine Cafe
Canberra Festival Fringe Festival
'See Change' Arts Festival, Jervis Bay.
Local schools, conferences, and events include:
Official opening of the Lyons Early Childhood School
Queen Elizabeth 2 Family Centre, National Museum
Old Bus Depot Markets
Memorial service for heroin users
Gorman House Markets
International Women's Day events
'Reclaim the Night' marches
Women's National Health Conference
Palliative Care Conference
St Phillip's Church, O'Connor
Australian College of Midwives National Conference in Canberra
Australian College of Midwives
‘ACT Midwife of the Year’ Awards
InterParliamentary Union Women's Conference.
Opening of Lyons Early Childhood School, 2010 (Photo: Sara Nand)