Welcome to Gabalfa Community Choir!
Thank you for visiting our website. At last, we have some good news! We are starting ‘near normal’ choir rehearsals on the 10th of September. If you are thinking of joining a community choir, please read on.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we had to suspend rehearsals in March last year, but we were able to keep the choir going by holding rehearsals over Zoom. Once restrictions started to ease around May this year, we began holding socially distanced rehearsals in line with government advice. Now however, Wales is at alert level 0, which means we can resume our regular rehearsals at St. Mark’s church on Fridays, however, singers will have to comply with conditions set out in a risk assessment that was carried out very recently.
If you get in touch with us through this website, someone will respond by email with more information.
There are no auditions, just come along for a free taster session and give us a try! Music will be provided. Hand sanitizer and masks will also be supplied.
Here’s a few quotes about singing to brighten your day…
“He who sings frightens away his ills.”
– Miguel de Cervantes
“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.”
– Emory Austin
“Those who wish to sing always find a song.”
– Swedish Proverb
“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”
– Ella Fitzgerald
“Singing provides a true sense of lightheartedness. If I sing when I am alone, I feel wonderful. It’s freedom.”
– Andrea Bocelli
How to join our choir
When normal rehearsals resume, rehearsals will be held every Friday between 7pm and 9pm, except during school holidays.
Applications are welcome from anyone wishing to join our choir. There is no audition, and sight-reading skills are not essential. Please check the Contact Us page for more details.
In keeping with our community ethos, our fees are just £30 per term (£25 concessions). This includes the cost of copyright music (approximately £5 per term).
Gabalfa Community Choir was founded in 2010, initially comprising members from St. Mark’s Church, Gabalfa, Cardiff. We have made great progress since the beginning of 2013, and we now have over 60 members in our mixed-voice choir, and they come from all parts of Cardiff and beyond. Members are of all ages and come from all walks of life. We are all united by one thing, though – a love of singing! The ethos of the choir is simple – it doesn’t matter whether or not you can sing well, or read music, you can still join with us and sing your heart out! There are no auditions and nothing to make a newcomer uncomfortable. We are here to make friends and to enjoy singing.
The main aim of our choir is to make friends and to make music. We encourage people who would not normally sing to experience the enjoyment of singing in a choir.
The health and psychological benefits of singing are well documented, and we love to encourage people who don’t normally sing to come along and experience the camaraderie and companionship that comes with belonging to a group, as well as the sheer joy of singing with others.
Under the direction of our leader, Justine, and accompanied by the incredibly talented Phil, we have developed a varied repertoire. We used to perform just twice a year, once at Christmas and again at the end of the summer term, but as we have become better known, we have been much busier this year, undertaking concerts at different venues in support of charities, and at paid engagements. We also hope to tour every 2 or 3 years.
We hope to see you soon!