We are are a thriving and ambitious community choir based in Canton, a district of Cardiff, the capital of Wales in the UK. The Choir was formed in February 1990 under the musical direction of John Abraham. John is the only person still involved in the choir who was there at the beginning but one of the altos joined about three weeks later. We will celebrate our 25th Anniversary in our next concert when we revisit works sung in the early years of the choir.
Our accompanist is Ben Pinnow. Ben is an up-and-coming musical all-rounder who is proving himself to be an asset to the choir. He stood in for John on a number of occasions during rehearsals for our most recent concert, showing that he has his own style, which complements John’s style nicely.
As a community choir we are open to everybody. We are particularly in need of tenors (as are most choirs). We already have a number of female tenors and would welcome more. No audition is required and you don’t have to be able to read music, although that helps obviously. Just turn up at the Canton Uniting Church on Cowbridge Road in Canton at 19:45 on a Wednesday in term time and make yourself known so that we can seat you in the right section.
We generally sing two concerts a year, in January or February and July, typically. The winter concert is usually of a large cantata with professional soloists, accompanied by an accomplished orchestra made up of players from the city’s professional orchestras. The summer concert is usually made up of smaller works such as part songs and may include solos from members of the choir.
Our Summer Concert (June 28 2014) was a great success, the choir coped magnificently with the Fugue in the Mass and the motets were all performed beautifully. Preparations for our January 31 concert are going well. The repertoire will be Bach’s Magnificat, Four Spirituals from Tippet’s A Child of our Time and Beethoven’s Mass in C.
John seems to be thinking out of the box for our summer concert and the committee will look at his exciting proposal on Wednesday.