“Sing unto the Lord a New Song”
Music has always formed a fundamental part of worship in the life of the Christian church. At Llandaff Cathedral, our worship is enriched by music drawn from Gregorian chant through to contemporary composers and sung by various choirs. There are seven or eight services each week in term time where a choir is present.
The majority of the choral duties are undertaken by the Cathedral Choir with separate streams of boy and girl choristers who usually sing independently of one another and occasionally together. They are often joined by a dedicated team of adult lay singers. Each week in school term time choral services take place on Monday-Friday evenings at 5.30pm and on Sundays at 11.00am and 4.00pm. In addition, the Llandaff Cathedral Parish Choir (mixed girls and boys, and a back row of adults) sing for the 9.00am service each Sunday in term time. Finally, the Cathedral Consort is a fully-auditioned group of amateur adult singers. They perform at various times throughout the year at special services.
The Cathedral is also home to a very fine Organ. Built by Nicholson & Co., Malvern and installed in the Cathedral between 2010 and 2013, it is the largest all-new Cathedral Organ to be built in a British Cathedral by a British builder since the 1960s.
The Cathedral Music Department is overseen by Director of Music, Stephen Moore who is responsible for the week-by-week administration of this busy department. He is supported by Assistant Director of Music Aaron Shilson and two Assisting Organists, David Thomas and Philip Aspden.