CHURCH CHOIR

St Andrew and St Teilo's Church Choir is a small but lively and talented choir which sings the Sunday Mass and occasional evening services, such as the Advent Carol Service, during university term time. The repertoire is mainly sacred and includes anthems, canticles, psalms and hymns sung in four-part harmony.

The Choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and members have opportunities to participate in the RSCM "Voice of Life Training Scheme".

Many of the Choir members are students, both undergraduate and post-graduate, or former students of the University of Cardiff or of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The choir is a good place to make lasting friendships, and a Graduate Association exists to keep past members of the choir in touch.

REHEARSALS AND DRESS

Choir rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings at the Church from 7.45 p.m. to 9.00 p.m., and at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday mornings before the Eucharist.

Dress for services is formal; men wear black trousers, white shirts and dark ties, all singers wear academic gowns (provided by the Church) and graduates are invited to wear hoods when appropriate.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the choir is open to all, irrespective of religion. There are no formal auditions, but all members should be able to read music to a basic level and be prepared to work hard. The musical standards achieved by the choir are very high and this is largely due to the enthusiasm and dedication of its members. The choir offers a warm welcome and an excellent opportunity to sing and socialise with interesting musical people. The Choir's recipe for success is simple: the more members put into the choir, the more they get out of it.

Any one interested in joining the Choir should contact the Director of Music, Alex Thacker.

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE 2011

The annual Advent Carol Service held on Sunday 27th November at 7.30 pm. was led by St Teilo's choir and various local choirs and featured a series of readings and carols. Recordings of the Choir singing carols with soloist, Matthew Clark, are available on YouTube:
1. Vaughan Williams, The truth from above
2. Howells, A spotless rose
3. Anon (French traditional) The Angel Gabriel
4. Walton, All this time

W. G. VOWLES ORGAN

The organ was first erected in the tin church that stood on the site of the present building and was installed in its present location in 1900. Over the years, some alterations were made, including conversion of the winding apparatus from a hand-operated pump to an electric blower, the replacement of the trigger swell pedal with one of balanced type, the provision of tuning slides to the open metal pipes (except those that form the facade) and the lowering of the pitch to the modern standard of A=440Hz. The 1996 restoration sought to retain the greater part of the organ in its original form, while making such alterations as would enhance the versatility of this delightful instrument.

Changes at the 1996 restoration include the replacement of the Great Clarionet 8 ft (c-g''' only) with a new full-compass Mixture, and the remodelling of the Swell Mixture. The old Swell stop had the following composition: C-b = 15.19.22, c'-g''' = 8.12.15; and the new reuses most of the old pipe-work, but re-voiced. The first balanced swell pedal was placed to the right of the pedal clavier and was very difficult to operate. It has been replaced by a pedal located in the usual modern position above the middle of the pedal clavier: this necessitated the re-sitting of the composition pedals. The console has been expertly renovated, the work on it including the re-covering of the white keys in bone to replace the plastic that had superseded the original ivory some years ago, and the provision of fluorescent lights, an adjustable mirror and glazed doors. The facade pipes, all of which speak and belong to the Great Open Diapason and Dulciana stops, were re-decorated by Dr Christopher Berry.

Towards the Choir & High Altar

Picture of the Church Interior viewed towards the Choir and High Altar

The Vowles Organ

Picture of the Vowles Organ 

The Cavaillé-Coll Organ

There is also a second organ at the Church, built by the famous Parisian company Cavaillé-Coll and unique in the British Isles, which is the focus of a restoration project by St Teilo Arts.