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We are a community choir, with no restrictions on who may join other than age: anyone over 18 is eligible, and we have no audition requirement. All we’re looking for is an enthusiasm for singing and a commitment to the rehearsal process.

​Rehearsals take place every Wednesday at 7.45 pm at Canton Uniting Church, Cowbridge Road East, CF5 1LQ and currently last until 9.30 with a short break. We have resumed our pattern of two concerts a year – a winter concert in late January or early February, and a summer concert in July. Our winter concerts have normally focused on large-scale works with orchestra, such as Duruflé’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Bach’s Magnificat.


In January 2023 we gave well-received performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Paukenmesse and the Te Deum in D by Purcell at St John’s Church in Canton; and followed it in July with a mixed programme at St Catherine’s, Pontcanna, where the highlights were Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens and Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams.

Because of Wales’s Covid-19 restrictions the Chorus had not performed in public after January 2020 for two years, although in September 2021 we resumed singing together in our usual rehearsal space, wearing masks and observing sanitary and social distancing protocols. We held an ‘open-air’ performance of Fauré’s Requiem under canvas in the summer of 2022 before getting back together for normal rehearsals in September 2022.

​More information about our past performances will be found in the ‘Archive’ section.


Our Ethos

  1. Membership is not restricted on grounds of sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or any other condition. Our only restriction is a minimum age limit of 18. We do not require an audition to join the choir. All that is required is an enthusiasm for singing, and a commitment to the rehearsal process.

  2. The choir is part of the wider amateur musical community. Over the past few years, members of the choir have been involved in several Welsh National Opera Community Projects. This has benefited the choir enormously as those of us involved have had the opportunity to extend our knowledge in several areas of singing and performing techniques.  We have forged links with other singers across South Wales, performed in the Wales Millennium Centre, and other public performance spaces across the country. We have also received invitations to take part in choral workshops organised by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Chorus under Adrian Partington.

  3. We have forged links with the professional musical community in Cardiff and beyond. Our annual winter concert is often accompanied by a professional orchestra and soloists, most of whom have  studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, or Cardiff University.

  4. We are part of the wider community, having performed in different churches and venues in Canton and Splott. Our performances contribute to the wide array of classical music making in Cardiff, and aim to be as accessible as possible to the public.


John Abraham, Musical Director


John Abraham studied conducting at the Cranford Summer School of Music in the early 1980s, and has subsequently undertaken courses with the Association of British Choral Directors. John’s love of music, alongside his social conscience, inspired him to lead Côr Cochion, which he led until the early 1990s, producing many musical arrangements which are still widely used.

In 1990 John pursued his interests in classical choral music and formed Canton Chorus, adopting John’s principles of inclusivity and welcome, allowing all people to make and perform classical music. In 2008 John formed Côr Elen in Abergavenny, a choir which performs a cappella, often socialist, songs.


Some of the singers John has helped into the music world have subsequently  taken formal lessons, attended various music courses across the country, and sing with Opera Mint, Opera in Situ, and WNO’s Community Chorus

He was awarded the Leonard and Marian Jones Music in the Community Award of £250 from the Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning for his unending commitment to accessible community music making. 

Benjamin Teague, Principal Accompanist


Benjamin Teague (they/them) is a freelance Welsh organist and composer based in Cardiff. Benjamin is a bachelors and masters graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where they studied composition with Michael McCartney and the late Peter Reynolds, alongside organ studies in Llandaff Cathedral with David Geoffrey Thomas. A particular area of interest for Benjamin is music and mental health, having completed their dissertation at RWCMD on the mental health and perception thereof of Robert Schumann.


Benjamin is the co Director of Music and founder of Cardiff Chamber Choir, an ensemble focused on performing works by marginalised and/or forgotten composers alongside the mainstays of modern repertoire. They have performed several concerts together across South Wales, and have an exciting programme of concerts lined up for the rest of the year. Benjamin is the accompanist for Choir With No Name (Cardiff), Canton Chorus, Calon Chorus, and a pianist for Forget Me Not Chorus, and has performed several solo organ recitals across the country, including at St David’s, Bangor, Brecon, Cardiff, Newport, and Bristol Cathedrals, and on the 1775/1864 John Snetzler organ at the National Museum of Wales.

Photograph © Dewi Miller 2021



There are three rates of membership, paid at the discretion of individual members:


  • Full rate membership is £180 per year


  • Reduced rate membership (state pensioners, full time students etc) is £120 per year


  • Minimal rate membership £0. This is available if your circumstances are such that you feel that you cannot afford the reduced rate.


There are a number of ways to pay:


  • Monthly standing order. Full rate £15 per month, reduced rate £10 per month


  • Three termly payments – full rate £60 per term, reduced rate £40 per term, due in September, January, and April.


  • Annual payment in full – rate listed above.


Please contact the Chair or Treasurer for further details about payments and subscriptions. Payments are accepted via bank transfer, cash, and cheque. Canton Chorus is a registered charity (no.1166663). If you are a UK taxpayer, we would be grateful if you are able to complete a Gift Aid declaration form (available from the Treasurer), which will enable us to reclaim the tax paid on your subscription and any donations you make, at no extra cost to you. 


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We also welcome donations from patrons to cover the overheads of running an organisation such as ours, namely venue hire, music staff payments, and concert fees for musicians. If you would like to donate to the choir, please contact the Chair.


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