Our seasons are aligned to those of schools/colleges so the year starts for us in September, normally on the first Wednesday after schools restart.
We usually sing two concerts a year; the first at the end of January or beginning of February and the second at the end of June or beginning of July. The former is usually of a large Oratorio with a professional orchestra and well-established soloists; the latter is usually a series of smaller works with a small group of instrumentalists and soloists from the world class Welsh College of Music and Drama or the Music Department of Cardiff University.
Our most recent performances include Mozart’s C minor mass and his Requiem, the Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, Beethoven’s Mass in C major and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. In July 2017 we gave the first performance of Three Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins by local composer Andrew Wilson-Dixon.
We also have small group who sing in hospital/care homes around Christmas time.
There are also opportunities to sing in Welsh National Opera Community Projects. We have taken part in a world premiere of a huge opera-cum-oratorio called “The Most Beautiful Man From the Sea” in 2005 and a community opera called “On the Rim of the World” in 2010. The latter has been performed by the major opera companies in the UK but we believe that it was sung in four part harmony only in Wales! There have also been opportunities to sing with the WNO Chorus in Concert performances of opera choruses and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast. We have benefited greatly from these opportunities. The performances are usually “off the book” so we had to learn the whole piece; rehearsals were rigorous and under some the best choir trainers around, including Tim Rhys-Evans before he became famous with “Only Men Aloud”
We receive invitations to take part in choral workshops organised by the National Orchestra of Wales Chorus under Adrian Partington as well as other opportunities in the vibrant musical scene in the capital city of our musical nation.