The choir today
The only Cathedral-based Choral Society in Wales, the Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. It currently has over 100 members from all walks of life. The choir performs three major concerts every year in Llandaff Cathedral plus a Christmas Carol Service in December. Other events include tours abroad and in the UK and occasionally singing for services at the Cathedral. In July 2014, the choir visited Belgium, where it performed in the Cathedrals in Ghent and Bruges.
These photographs show the choir in Llandaff Cathedral; at Clare College, Cambridge; in Paris (L’Église de la Madeleine, 2012); in Ghent Cathedral and in Bruges Cathedral (both in July 2014). To see a picture at full size, just click on the image.
With the Philadelphia Boys’ Choir and choristers from Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral, July 2014:
Rehearsing with Owain Arwel Hughes for the performance of Bach’s St John Passion in March 2015:
Performing Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Crickhowell Choral Society, conducted by Stephen Marshall, on 19th November 2016:
All of these recordings are of live performances.
Fauré: Requiem æternam – Kyrie. Conducted by Dominic Neville, recorded in Llandaff Cathedral on 1st July 2017
Haydn: Kyrie from Little Organ Mass conducted by Dominic Neville recorded in Llandaff Cathedral on June 14th 2014:
Ben Heneghan, a member of the choir, is an award-winning composer. Two of his pieces have been performed at our annual carol services.
In 2014, the choir commissioned Incarnatus Est, which was warmly received. To hear this piece performed by the choir please click here.
The 2015 service featured another piece, The Snow Goose Song. You can see this performance, given by Siobhan Owen with a small group of singers from the LCCS, by clicking here. Ben Heneghan has provided the following explanation of the song:
The Snow Goose Song is inspired by the ancient belief among peoples of the North that the Sun, which disappears in winter, might not come back again unless certain rituals and sacrifices are made.
I have imagined a legend in which a goose flies all alone into the darkest, coldest realms of winter in order to rescue the Sun. She succeeds, but it costs her her life, and so every year as winter approaches, children in the north draw her picture on misty windows, and hope that once again her feathers will turn into snow and her indomitable heart will shine in the northern lights.
For a short history of the choir, please click here