Archives for November 2017
The Cathedral will be bursting with wonderful music as we pull out all the stops to celebrate the festive season. The beautiful building provides a special venue for a feast of choral and orchestral works by talented performers from across the UK. Here is a summary of our exciting programme of upcoming concerts:
Home for Christmas – Military Wives Choirs
Thursday 23 November, 7.30pm
The Military Wives Choirs of Colerne and Bristol, with special guests the Royal British Legion Band of Wales, will be singing festive favourites. The choirs bring together women who understand just how tricky this time of year can be for military families, giving them the chance to stand stronger together and express themselves through song. Visit Military Wives Choirs for more information and tickets.
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons – London Concertante
Saturday 25 November, 7.30pm
London Concertante is one of the finest chamber ensembles in the country, its players brought together through a shared passion for chamber music. The concert features many much-loved pieces, including Elgar’s ‘Serenade for Strings’, Rossini’s ‘String Sonata No. 2’ and Vivaldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’. Founded in 1991, the ensemble performs around 100 concerts every year and has toured Europe, the USA and the Middle East. Visit London Concertante for more information and tickets.
Christmas by Candlelight – G4
Tuesday 28 November, 7.30pm
G4 shot to fame on the first series of ITV’s The X Factor in 2004, where they pioneered the world of popular opera. This year, they return to 22 churches and cathedrals for their ‘Christmas By Candlelight’ Tour, in association with Missing People, who are a lifeline when someone goes missing. Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit. Visit G4 for more information and tickets.
The Ten Tenors Gala Christmas Concert
Friday 1 December, 7.15pm
The Ten Welsh Tenors are back by popular demand with an amazing concert featuring ten of the finest tenors from all over Wales with a feast of sumptuous popular operatic delights for this special gala event. The ten tenors will take to the stage and raise the roof in aid of Welsh Hearts, Wales’ leading heart charity. The tenors will be joined by guest sopranos on the evening to perform heart-warming renditions of favourite arias and duets, including a helping of Christmas classics to get everyone in the mood for the festive season. Visit Welsh Hearts for more information and tickets.
Christmas with Handel and Bach
– Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society
Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm
To mark the start of Advent, the Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society are performing choruses from the first part of Handel’s Messiah and the first three parts of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. The choir will be joined by the Llandaff Sinfonia and John Cheer (organ continuo). The conductor will be Alexander Thacker: the soloists will be Ellen Williams (soprano), Nicole Boardman (alto), Dominic Neville (tenor) and Edmund Caird (baritone). Visit Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society for more information and tickets.
From cards to cribs, the Cathedral Shop is well-stocked for Christmas. Our range of Christmas cards includes a charity selection, nativity scenes and a lovely photograph of the Cathedral in the snow. The cribs come in all shapes and sizes, with compact pewter figurines and colourful pottery models on offer.
There are plenty of gift ideas in the Shop too. We have a wide selection of necklaces, earrings and cufflinks at very reasonable prices, as well as CDs, books and calendars. For children, there are beautiful illustrated books in Welsh and English, such as ‘Jesus’ Christmas Party’ and ‘Stori’r Nadolig Cyntaf’. Wrapping paper is also available, at only 10p per sheet.
Mary Madsen, Shop Manager, says, “Don’t pass us by – do pop in and have a look. You might be surprised!”
The Cathedral Shop is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and after services on a Sunday during Advent. It is situated to the right of the West Door, beneath the Pritchard Tower, and is run by a wonderful group of volunteers.
Christian Aid Week 2017 exceeded last year’s record-breaking total, with £16,554.86 raised! With the addition of Gift Aid, the final sum will be in excess of £19,000.
Sue Smith and the Christian Aid team are hugely thankful to everyone who participated and contributed. Money was raised during a range of events from May 14 to 20, including door-to-door collections, a concert and a ‘War on Want’ lunch. The money will go towards helping some of the 64 million refugees across the world. £19,000 would fund:
A meal for 7680 people;
Cooking stoves for 380 families; or,
A big fridge for 67 community kitchens.
Christian Aid was founded in 1945 by British and Irish churches to help refugees following the Second World War. Today, Christian Aid continues to work in partnership with churches, individuals and local organisations in communities worldwide, supporting people of all faiths and none to rise out of poverty.
Read more about the record-breaking effort on The Cardiffian website.