Welcome to Gabalfa Community Choir!
This Friday, 24th September will be our third in-person choir rehearsal this term. If you have been thinking of joining a choir, why not give us a try? Being a community choir, there are no auditions, sight-reading skills are not essential and subs are very affordable. Interested? If you get in touch using the Contact Us form on this website, we will get back to you promptly with more information, including how you can book a free taster session.
If conditions allow, we hope to perform a full concert and one or more shorter charity events leading up to Christmas. In the meantime we are planning to run a residential workshop in November at a hotel in South Wales. This will be a great opportunity to get really familiar with this term’s music and to get to know other choir members.
We carried out a risk assessment before we resumed rehearsals. St. Mark’s church hall can safely accommodate 45 singers. Although social distancing is no longer required, chairs will be spaced 1m apart, and currently, mask wearing is mandatory. All singers have to provide contact tracing information.
Music, hand sanitizer and disposable masks will be provided.
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!