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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, building a large and wide-ranging repertoire of 270 pieces as well as raising over £48,000 for 58 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 April 2021

    An Interview with Stephen Power - Countertenor

    Stephen Power’s first performance with Caritas was at our five year anniversary concert in Saint German’s, Cardiff in April 2018. Since then he has been a regular countertenor at our concerts. Join Paul as he learns about how Stephen’s musical career began and his current work at Brecon Cathedral.

    To see more interviews with members of the choir, head over to the "Our Story" page. 

    04 April 2021

    Easter Sunday

    A very happy Easter to all Friends of Caritas!

    Our final offering in this four-day period is the hymn ‘Jesu, lover of my soul’, set to the wonderful tune ‘Aberystwyth’, written by the Welsh composer, Joseph Parry.  

    Although this is not an Easter hymn as such, the optimism of the final verse which follows the haunting, Lenten darkness of the first two verses seems to make it a very appropriate offering; I hope that you will agree on hearing it!  The full text of the three verses is below.

    Jesus, lover of my soul,
    Let me to Thy bosom fly,
    While the nearer waters roll,
    While the tempest still is high.
    Hide me, O my Saviour, hide,
    Till the storm of life is past;
    Safe into the haven guide;
    Oh, receive my soul at last.

    Other refuge have I none,
    Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
    Leave, ah! leave me not alone,
    Still support and comfort me.
    All my trust on Thee is stayed,
    All my help from Thee I bring;
    Cover my defenseless head
    With the shadow of Thy wing.

    Plenteous grace with Thee is found,
    Grace to cover all my sin;
    Let the healing streams abound;
    Make and keep me pure within.
    Thou of life the fountain art,
    Freely let me take of Thee;
    Spring Thou up within my heart;
    Rise to all eternity.

    The final verse includes a descant which I wrote for the Caritas concert in St Augustine’s church, Penarth, in 2014, the place where Joseph Parry is buried and the venue for the CD recordings from which this performance comes. If you haven’t yet bought our CD ‘A Choral Celebration’ and would like a copy, please go to 'Our CD' page and use the form to order it from us. The cost is £12 including packaging and postage; all proceeds go to one of the charities which we support. 

    Click here to listen on Spotify.

    03 April 2021

    Easter Saturday

    Over the next few days leading up to Easter Sunday we are offering to you a Caritas recording on each day. For Easter Saturday we have chosen an attractive arrangement by David Blackwell of the spiritual Steal Away. This arrangement, for SSAATBB, includes a prominent solo for soprano, sung here by Susan Welch; you will also hear David Butler (baritone) in a couple of dramatic phrases during the central section. 

    The setting begins and ends in a very gentle style using upper voices only. You may like to note the particularly effective setting of the  text ’the trumpet sounds within-a my soul’ which takes the sopranos to a high B.

    Click here to listen on Spotify.