“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” – a Chinese proverb

My Story

Formed officially in 2017, Haraya Choir is a London-based mixed voices ensemble with singers consisting of professionals from different backgrounds, mostly nurses and staff from the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. Our members are unified through our shared passion for singing and musical excellence. Our conductor and founder, Karlene Moreno-Hayworth, is a professional opera singer, music teacher and freelance musician. Haraya repertoire includes a wide range of styles, genres and idioms which include sacred, classical, pop, folk and contemporary and are mostly a cappella and sung from memory.

We have already performed in a number of prestigious venues and events London which include a concert at St. John's Smith Square, a diplomatic reception at the Langham, a fundraising ball at the Lansdowne Club, as opera chorus in Die Fledermaus at the Wilton's Music Hall and carolling in Trafalgar Square and Soho Square.  Recently, we won the top prize at the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition 2020.

Further on in 2021, we are proud to announce exciting projects in the works, including a Valentines concert in London and in Manchester (both in February,) as well as an international choral competition in the summer.

In these challenging times, not only does Haraya desire to make a difference through music but also through participation in worthwhile causes such as this partnership with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines. With the use of social media as our platform, we aim to raise funds for marginalised communities that are hardest hit by the knock-on effects of this global pandemic.  Proceeds will be used for the creation of solar lamps, rainwater collection tanks, the preservation of whale sharks (Butanding), and ecotourism.  We are grateful to everyone who are with us in our efforts to make ripples of positive change.

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