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    Caritas, Latin for 'charity', is a chamber choir based in Cardiff. We perform a range of music, unaccompanied or with organ, from the Renaissance period to the present day.

    Formed of professional and other high-quality singers, all members give of their own time and aim to raise at least £1000 per performance for charitable organisations and good causes. 

    Since our first performance in March 2013 we have put on 40 concerts and events, building a large and wide-ranging repertoire of 300 pieces as well as raising over £48,000 for 59 charities and other good causes.

    Please explore our website where you can find out about the choir, watch recordings, view our full list of repertoire and more...  

    Latest News

    Read our latest news and updates below. You can also view older news articles on our News Archive page.

    13 June 2021

    The Return of Caritas

    We are so pleased to be holding our first concert since December 2019 in the superb setting and acoustic of St Martin Roath. It will include some fabulous works by William Byrd, Sir Edward Elgar and Arvo Pärt as well as many others. We are aiming to raise £1,000 to support the charity Llamau (www.llamau.org.uk) which helps vulnerable people across Wales to gain the skills to live independent and purposeful lives in their communities.

    As usual, we will be holding a raffle during the concert for which you can buy tickets in advance, together with your concert tickets. To uphold covid-19 regulations, we won't be selling raffle tickets on the night. The concert will last approximately 75 minutes without an interval. 

    Wednesday 30 June 2021
    7.45 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.
    Tickets: £12 or £15 with a raffle ticket
    St Martin's Church, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3RP

    4 June 2021

    Peter Wagstaff - Schubert ‘An die Musik'

    It is a pleasure to bring to you this performance of Schubert’s wonderful song ‘An die Musik’ (‘To music’) performed by Caritasian Peter Wagstaff (tenor) and Christopher Jones (piano). 

    Peter has been an integral and invaluable member of the tenor section of Caritas since our inaugural concert in March 2013; in this video he reflects on his time in the choir, and also brings us up to date in respect of his life and work in Bristol where he has been based for the last few years. 

    18 May 2021

    How Shall I Sing That Majesty (Coe Fen)

    We’re delighted to bring you our first Caritas video recording of 2021, the great hymn ‘How shall I sing that majesty’ set to the wonderful tune ‘Coe Fen’.

    The author of the text is John Mason a 17th century author, and the tune was composed by Ken Naylor. Naylor was Director of Music at The Leys School in Cambridge which is situated very close to Coe Fen, a small fen on the outskirts of Cambridge. In addition to writing the tune, Naylor also composed the superb descant which is featured here in verse 3. Paul Rothwell, one of our regular tenors in Caritas - and our ‘recording engineer’ for these videos - chose this hymn for his wedding two years ago when some Caritasians sang in the choir for the occasion.

    This recording comes from St Martin’s Church in Roath where Caritas is currently rehearsing and recording; as you will hear, there is a superb acoustic and fine organ. For our first session back, we involved 10 singers (a slightly smaller group than our usual 15 or so) plus David Butler who plays the organ in this recording. We hope that you enjoy this recording and look forward to sending out more as the term progresses!