Our organist in the July 2017 concert – Benjamin Teague – is playing the Harmonium in Franz Liszt’s Via Crucis on 23rd September 2017. He has asked us to share the news with you all. Here is the poster – the performance will be at St. Teilo’s Church, Woodville Road, Cathays CF24 4DX.
Margot Henery has edited the post as first written to help explain that this entry is about two concerts, not one. The first is on May 6th as described immediately below and the second mentioned further down is currently being planned.
Elizabeth has emailed John to thank us for giving Nicholas the opportunity to perform in our most recent concert. In addition Elizabeth asked if we are able to contribute to a concert that she is organising with a Welsh-Hungarian theme on Saturday May 6th. The flyer for this concert is included below. Although time is too short for us to respond to her invitation for us to sing any Hungarian / Welsh song from our repertoire, members are encouraged to go along and join in singing e.g. Calon Lân, Ar Lan y Môr and Sospan Fach.
Elizabeth says: “The inspiration is based on a new cultural cooperation between the Welsh and the Hungarian Government in several cultural projects” and “my concert is the first step.”
“The basic idea came from Karl Jenkins who composed an oratorio (cantata) on a Hungarian poem called ‘The Bards of Wales’. It is a Welsh historical theme and legend about the Montgomery Bards massacre and interestingly all of us know the poem in Hungary. Janos Arany, the poet became an honorary citizen of Wales just few weeks ago.” Related links to find out more at: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=arany+honorary&ie=&oe=#
A performance of ‘The Bards of Wales’ itself is being organised in Cardiff right now and, although she can’t promise anything yet, Elizabeth has recommended Canton Chorus for that, so watch this space for developments!
(for more info, please contact your section leaders or myself [email protected])
And there’s a lot of helpful material for choir members to work their way through – but let’s begin with a mention of the legacy left to the chorus by Carolyn Seymour (1948-2014) – which led to the choir commissioning settings by Andrew Wilson-Dickson of poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins. I will be adding resources to this posting progressively – with many thanks to Margot Henery, John Abraham and Ben Pinnow. So do please keep checking.
Here’s our first update – the schedule of items to be rehearsed – as provided by John our conductor.
If you click on it, it comes up full size.
Members will know I ( Anna Brazier ) have now taken over as secretary. Soon I will be reporting back to Ty Cerdd about our January performance. Feedback from membership and audience will be important, so please tell me about your experience of being in Canton Chorus. You can speak to me personally at rehearsals or ask me for my email address. I look forward to hearing from you. I joined a long time ago with no classical music background so it’s been an education in every sense of the word. I love it that we are relaxed about enjoying our music while at the same time work hard to bring fantastic choral works to our local area. Singing once a year with a large orchestra is still a real thrill for me.
(Footnote – congratulations and best wishes to Anna for taking on two rôles, secretary and a website administrator. Until we have worked out how to give Anna her own password she is using mine which is why my name appears at the head of the post not hers – she wrote it not me! BM)
Our registration as a charity dates from April 21st 2016, but there is now further information for members, in that we can now benefit from increased revenue from any members who are UK tax-payers.
Any of our contributors who are in that category can help us reclaim tax on their membership fees by downloading and completing a canton-chorus-gift-aid-declaration Gift Aid form.
The forms can also be handed to members by our treasurer at a rehearsal.
Our Charity Commission registration number is 1166663.
Twenty of us joined early music group The Clerks for a multi-Bach-chorale session on the main stage at St David’s Hall on Sunday March 13th 2016. There’s a full write-up of the concert here from Wales Arts Review. My personal view (Brian Morgan) – well worth it – the rehearsals Ben Pinnow helped us with made such a difference – on that Sunday we actually knew what we were supposed to be singing and we were well up to the standards brought by the two highly respected other Cardiff choirs. Unfortunately no photos have emerged so far. Let’s have some feedback. You can check the two FaceBook pages too. Canton Chorus Canton Chorus 2
Tum Balalaika is a folk song of Russian Jewish and Yiddish origin, which our conductor John Abraham arranged and we sang for the first time on Wednesday 10th February 2016. Brian Morgan recorded some of the rehearsal and this is the version John has agreed we can include on our website. The choir loved this version, we might perform it a bit better in due course.