23 March 2017
Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral Choir gave an outstanding performance of Parts 2 and 3 of Handel Messiah under the direction of Dominic Neville, with soloists from the choir and members of the St John’s College Concert Orchestra.
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17 December 2016
On Friday 16 December, it was a great honour for the Cathedral Choir to sing a selection of carols for His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, at the official opening of The Cornerstone.
Prince Charles was remarkably warm in his praise of the Cathedral Choir and all that has been achieved at St John’s College.
It was on the David Neville Gallery, named in honour of our Founding Principal, that the Cathedral Choir performed Dr Neville’s arrangement of Silent Night for His Royal Highness.
29 November 2016
The Cathedral Choir and Chamber Orchestra of St John’s College commenced the Christmas season with a superb concert at St David’s Hall today. A large and appreciative audience was treated to a delightful selection of music for Advent and Christmas culminating in three carols by John Rutter with orchestral accompaniment.
6 November 2016
On Sunday 6 November, the Cathedral, Choir and the Archbishop of Cardiff hosted a civic service for Councillor Monica Walsh, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Cardiff.
It was a pleasure to welcome representatives from a number of local organisations including Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, the High Sheriff of South Glamorgan, the President of the Consular Association, the Secretary General of the Muslim Council for Wales, the Naval Regional Commander of Wales and Western England, the Lord Mayor’s Chaplain, representatives of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cancer Research Wales, and representatives of the Lord Mayor’s Council.
Following on from Thursday’s outreach project, Mr D. Neville commented: “It was wonderful to welcome and collaborate with choristers from Corpus Christi High School. Congratulations to all the choristers of the combined choirs for the magnificent music on Sunday. The two anthems by John Rutter were performed with great beauty and sensitivity, and particular congratulations to everyone for the impressive singing in the national anthems and descants.”
4 November 2016
It was a pleasure to welcome pupils from Corpus Christi High School for a joint workshop at St John’s College in preparation for the high profile Civic Service at the Cathedral on Sunday 6 November.
Mr D. Neville said, “The choristers of the two choirs sang so well together, and many congratulations to all our visitors from Corpus Christi for their beautiful and impressive singing.”
2 October 2016
On Sunday 2 October, the Cathedral Choir joined the Concert Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and soloists of St John’s College to offer a stunning array of music that delighted a capacity audience at the Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall, at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
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25 June 2016
On Saturday 25 June, our Cathedral Choir offered a joint concert with the Choir of Gonville & Cauis College, Cambridge at St Mary’s Church, Whitchurch at 7.30pm.
The concert featured music by Rheinberger, Parry, Vaughan Williams and Holst, as well as the world premiere of Cantata – Stuart MacRae for choir & lyre.
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20 June 2016
Monday 20th June 2016 gave witness to the main Centenary celebration for the Archdiocese of Cardiff, when Archbishop George Stack offered a Mass of Thanksgiving in the presence of the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Apostolic Nuncio, His Excellency Antonio Mennini and 19 Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. The Cathedral Choir was at the centre of the liturgy, performing Charles Wood’s double choir anthem Hail Gladdening Light and Bruckner’s Locus iste magnificently.
8 June 2016
In May 2016, Archbishop George Stack led a service of Morning Worship on BBC Radio 4 in which he paid tribute to Dr David Neville:
“Earlier this month I was privileged to conduct the funeral of an extraordinary man. For 27 years Dr David Neville was the hugely inspiring and well-loved head teacher of St John’s College in Cardiff. He was also a gifted organist – music was his first love – and he naturally imbued the school with the same love of music and also provided a first rate Cathedral choir of pupils and adults. Whilst considering the theme of our Daily Services this week on Loyalty, and in particular today on ‘Covenant and Grief’, I thought of David and the many mourners at his funeral who spoke of and who had been inspired by his vision and dedication, by his love and loyalty, not just for his family, but also his school, his Church and his Catholic faith.”
“It is no accident that loyalty is recognised as one of the most important virtues. Even in ordinary life, whether in giving or receiving, loyalty is a value we recognise almost instinctively. And it is one of the qualities so highly valued by the people who knew, and who were taught and inspired by David Neville. To be able to depend on other people, knowing that no matter what difficulties or challenges we face, no matter what mistakes we make; knowing that we can rely on someone to affirm and support us, to love and forgive is something very precious.”
15 May 2016
It was a great pleasure for our choristers to join forces with Tennessee Tech University Chorale and Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society for an evening of wonderful music on Sunday 15 June at St Martin’s Church in Roath. The selection of music also made the most of the notable acoustics, particularly with music from Rachmaninov Vespers and Tavener’s Song for Athene (made famous at the funeral of Princess Diana). Our new American friends performed a remarkably entertaining and impressive range of exquisite music from the Renaissance, such as music by Tallis and Gibbons, to folk songs and spirituals, including Shenandoah, and a dazzling arrangement of The Circle of Life from The Lion King.
Dylan O. in R13 was given a standing ovation for his remarkably accomplished performance of Richard Strauss’s aria Die Nacht (“The Night”). At the concert’s conclusion – a rousing performance of Calon Lân – the audience rose once again to applaud the combined choirs with another standing ovation.
It was wonderful to be supported by a capacity crowd at St Martin’s, and one member of the audience described the whole concert as “magnificent”.
Following the concert, a member of the audience wrote: “Many congratulations to the Choristers of Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral for an absolutely sublime performance this evening at a wonderfully entertaining concert”