top of page

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, Acting Musical Director/Principal Accompanist

 

Benjamin Teague is a Welsh organist and composer based in Cardiff. A recent graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Benjamin studied composition with Michael McCartney and the late Peter Reynolds, graduating with the Beryl Weale Composition Prize. Benjamin studied organ in Llandaff Cathedral with David Geoffrey Thomas, and in London with Jeremiah Stephenson at All Saints Margaret Street.

 

Benjamin has written for various media, recently completing a string quartet (2020), two books of preludes for organ and piano respectively, and two cantatas. Current projects includes a large-scale piano work after Katsushika Hokusai's series Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji, and a collaborative ambient-electronic album based on the Australian legend of Fisher's Ghost. Benjamin has performed several recitals across the country, and in the United States. Benjamin is the Dean of the Guild of St Teilo, Artistic Director of the Archive Ensemble, and Director of the Cardiff Mendelssohn Festival.

www.benjaminteaguemusic.co.uk

Photograph © Dewi Miller 2021

-----------------------------------------

Subscriptions

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. 

-----------------------------------------

The choir is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme

designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Amazon. You can shop on Amazon whilst supporting the choir by clicking this link.

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.

-----------------------------------------

bottom of page