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Boost Canton Chorus funds through all your Amazon purchases

Please help boost choir funds by getting into the habit of doing your Amazon shopping (and persuading your friends and family to do same) through this link below:
This will take you directly to the Amazon website, where you can log into your own account and proceed to shop as usual.
Without paying any extra for your shopping, you will be boosting choir funds, through a small percentage commission paid by Amazon directly into the choir account. The contribution to our funding can be as large as 10% for some items.
Every single Amazon purchase made by our members, families and friends can potentially generate funds direct to the choir’s bank account. The addition of this funding option has come from enterprising research by Margot Henery, with thanks to the late Keith Underdown who discovered it originally.  If any changes or improvements are needed to the way this has been added to this website, do please let either Margot or myself ([email protected]) know.

Invitations to May 6th concert from Elizabeth Sillo (mother of Nicholas, who performed for us in January) and another potential singing opportunity

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 LânAr 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:

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])

Rehearsals under way for our 1st July 2017 concert – schedule now included below.


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.


Feedback from Membership – Tell me about your experience of being in Canton Chorus.

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)

Canton Chorus is now a Registered Charity

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.


The Secret Life Of Bach

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