After a turbulent and frustrating two years for choirs we have now completed two major performances in natural home, Llandaff Cathedral, during 2022. These included the world premiere of the LCCS commissioned piece A Spiral Round the Sun by Ben Heneghan.
As with many other musical organisations, we did not let the grass grow under our feet during the pandemic and quickly became adept at using Zoom. This allowed us to stay in touch through our weekly rehearsals and we were even able to expand our membership internationally with regular attendees from Australia, Canada, Germany, and Italy. Even being away was now no longer an excuse to miss a Monday night!
The zoom rehearsals culminated in several YouTube videos beginning with a Christmas concert, released Advent Calendar-style a piece at a time, before the whole event was premiered on 21st December, 2020. Winter Legends, Christmas Bells is still available to view on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SvExzfS7LQ&t=2s and features new carols by Ben Heneghan and Ian Lawson plus arrangements of much-loved traditional carols from Alexander Thacker.
Another virtual concert for St David’s Day (2021) followed, with 4 new arrangements of Welsh songs, including Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau and Dafydd y Garreg Wen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWdrp86EEvI . Last May, we released Iain James Veitch’s Jazz Missa Brevis, again issued first in weekly parts, before culminating in a performance of the full work on 31st May: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvCzJtVQwdU
Two movements from Spiral are also available, The Last Day of the Year (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUsLSUespfI) and Paseo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt8kdKjlsu0).
As stated on our home page, we are looking to build on these triumphs and recruit new singers in coming months. See the 'Join' tab above for details on how to do so.