It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Don Jessett on 28th May. Don joined the choir in 1960 and was Deputy Chairman for over 35 years before retiring from this post in 2013. He made a unique contribution towards the development of the choir, giving top priority to high standards of performance and the maintenance of our unique bond with the Cathedral. We will greatly miss him, above all for his warmth, kindness and encouragement for new members. Don’s funeral will be at Llandaff Cathedral at 12.30pm on Friday 28th June.
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‘One of the finest choirs in the country’ – Catherine Bott
Founded over 80 years ago, the Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society is one of the oldest choirs in Wales and is the only Cathedral-based choral society in Wales. Over the years and under a succession of outstanding conductors, the choir has brought virtually all of the great choral works to Llandaff Cathedral. It has also commissioned and performed new works by Wales’s leading composers.
The choir has over 100 members, drawn from all walks of life, brought together by a love of singing and a commitment to delivering excellent performances to its audiences. It gives three major concerts each year in the Cathedral, together with an annual carol service. The choir takes part in other concerts: most recently at the Welsh Proms where the performance of The Armed Man drew a standing ovation.
Alexander Thacker was appointed Music Director of the choir in 2018, following Dominic Neville who had been in charge for ten years. The choir’s future plans include performances of works by Puccini, Britten and William Mathias. Earlier this year, the choir gave the first performance of a new work by Ian Lawson. In October, we will be joining forces with other choirs in Cardiff and the Schöneberg Symphony Orchestra to perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, and the Philharmonie in Berlin.
You will find more information, photographs and recent recordings on the Choir section of this website.