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Welcome to the website of Canton Chorus, a thriving and ambitious community choir based in the Cardiff suburb of Canton. As a community choir we are open to everybody – new members don’t have to undergo any form of audition. All we look for is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn; although the ability to read music is an advantage, it’s not a requirement. 

Because of the Covid pandemic we haven't had a full indoor concert since January 2020. But during 2021 we had a number of practice sessions and a vocal workshop via Zoom, and later face-to-face (but socially distanced) rehearsals. And in 2022 we have so far been able to have an 'outdoor'  concert - see below. Our plans for the immediate future are uncertain at the moment , but we will update this website when we know more ...

Updated: Jul 12

Finally, after over two years without performing publicly, some 30 Chorus members took part in an enjoyable and well-attended ‘outdoor’ concert under canvas on the afternoon of Saturday 25 June. The principal work, Fauré’s Requiem, was given in a new arrangement by Benjamin Teague for keyboard and strings, with soloists Victoria Illsley (soprano) and Piet Zorn (baritone), and this was preceded by some shorter works by Rachmaninov, Purcell, Stanford and others. Our musical director John Abraham made a welcome return to the podium.

Canton Chorus would like to thank Cardiff Harlequins RFC for allowing us to use part of their field to erect the marquee that served as our concert venue – and which proved invaluable when the rains came during performance. The marquee was hired from It’s Covered.

This was a free concert, but a collection for the local refugee charity Space4UCardiff raised a total of £253.62, for which we received a lovely letter of thanks (see below).

We are sorry to say that, despite the precautions that we took, some members of the choir reported positive Covid tests in the days following the concert. We wish them all a speedy recovery.

Photographs © Gordon Plant

At last - we have a concert date. And it's going to be a concert with a difference. We'll be under canvas for a charity performance of Fauré’s Requiem, newly arranged for string ensemble, plus shorter works by Stanford, Purcell, Bruckner and others.

All this will be taking place in a marquee specially set up at Cardiff Harlequins RFC ground, Forest Farm Road CF14 7JN from 2.30 pm on Saturday 25 June.

Admission will be free (but with limited space under canvas), and there will be a retiring collection for local refugee charity Space4U Cardiff.

We are pleased to say that our music director John Abraham will be back on the podium. Our soloists will be Victoria Illsley (sporano) and Piet Zorn (baritone). At the keyboard will be regular accompanist - and arranger - Benjamin Teague.

Updated: May 12

We now have two exciting outdoor events planned. First, on 21 May we'll be having a social-gathering-plus-rehearsal in the grounds of St Catherine's Church, King's Road, Pontcanna from 2.0 pm (if wet, in the church hall).

Then on Saturday 25 June the choir is planning a free concert to include Fauré's Requiem (to be performed with a small instrumental ensemble) and a selection of shorter choral pieces. Location to be confirmed - watch this space for further developments ...