Welcome to Gabalfa Community Choir!
If you’re checking out our website, chances are you are considering joining a choir. You’ve come to the right place!
With the current situation, we are not holding our regular Friday practices, and unfortunately this may be the case for some time. Normally we invite new members to join us at rehearsals to see if they would like to join, but of course we can’t do that right now.
To keep the camaraderie and fun going at this time we meet via Zoom every Friday. We battle technology to come together, and its often very lively and great fun! We also have a WhatsApp group where we share funny or inspiring videos, jokes and pictures. You would be most welcome to join both or either!!
If you would like to do this then just get in touch through the website and someone will contact you with instructions. We use pre-recorded rehearsal tracks that you can follow. We are not currently taking monthly or termly subscriptions, but if you do decide you would like to join us and you can afford a donation, this will be gratefully received!
So, to give you an idea of what we do, we’ve put together a virtual representation which will give you a flavour of our choir. This includes photographs of members against a background recording of a concert we did in 2017. Here we are singing the beautiful Irish Blessing.
The words seem to be appropriate for the times we are currently living through –
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be ever at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you, may God hold you
Ever in the palm of his hand
We very much hope you enjoy the music and decide to join us. In the meantime, stay safe, stay sane and enjoy lockdown. We’ll meet in better days, I hope.
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!