Cardiff metropolitan cathedral choir
The Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral Choir sings in Wales' National Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral of St David, in the heart of this vibrant capital city. The Choir was established in 1959, when the Cathedral was reopened after restoration, following serious Second World War damage.
The main Cathedral Choir consists of 18 boy choristers and 14 gentlemen. The boy choristers are educated at the choir school St John's College, an independent day school which educates approximately 500 girls and boys from the age of 3 -18. The Alto, Tenor and Bass parts are sung by Lay Clerks, some of whom teach at the choir school, and volunteer gentlemen. Each year, the Choir offers Choral Scholarships to students of Cardiff University and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and pupils of St John's College preparing for A-levels and Oxbridge applications. Of these, recent Sixth Form Choral Scholars have taken up scholarships to read a variety of subjects in Oxford and Cambridge. In addition to the main Cathedral Choir services on Sunday and Tuesday, the Girls' Choir sings Benediction on Wednesdays, and the Chamber Choir sings a weekly service of Evening Prayer. The Choir performs a number of high profile engagements, as the Choir of Wales' National Roman Catholic Cathedral, and has toured extensively across Western Europe.
“For many in Cardiff, regardless of religious denomination, the annual Christmas performance by the Cardiff (St. David’s) Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, in St. David’s Hall, is a highlight of the year - a tribute to the ability of this choir, under David Neville’s inspired direction, to produce singing of the highest standard which is at one and the same time an embodiment of worship and praise to the greater glory of God.”
Archbishop of Wales Award for Church Music citation 1997 (Chairman: Dr. George Guest, St. John’s College, Cambridge)
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