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    Welcome

    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 43 concerts and events, building a large and wide-ranging repertoire of around 300 pieces as well as raising over £52,000 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.


    17 January 2022

    Caritas at the Cathedral - Tickets now on sale

    Llandaff Cathedral, CF5 2LA
    Saturday 5th March 2022, 2.30 p.m.

    It’s a great pleasure to be able to invite you to our first ever Caritas concert in Llandaff Cathedral! 

    We very much hope that you will join us for this special, groundbreaking occasion; we have a delightful programme for you, with a range of fabulous music going right back to the 15th century and through to the present day to include works by Tallis, Purcell, Mendelssohn, Stanford, Elgar, Howells and Arvo Pärt. 

    A particular feature of this concert will be the presence and participation of Stephen Moore, Director of Music at the Cathedral; not only will Stephen be accompanying Caritas in some of the choral music but he will also be playing two solo pieces on the magnificent Nicholson organ. 

    Tickets have just gone on sale today at £15 (£5 for students and children); click the button below to go to TicketSource. We advise you to book early as there will be a limit on numbers so that social distancing can take place.  

    More information on the recipient charities will be available soon - we would like to raise a total of at least £1,500 on this occasion - but in the meantime don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like any more information about the concert. 

    All very best wishes for 2022 - and we hope to see you in Llandaff Cathedral on 5th March!


    24 December 2021

    Merry Christmas!

    We’re very pleased that we’ve been able to put on concerts this year. The pandemic took hold just before our first concert in 2020 and that meant that we had no public performances at all for 18 months. We managed to get together to produce some video recordings for Christmas 2020 but it was very different to what we’re used to.

    With that in mind, performing three times in the latter half of this year has been a joy. The two most recent performances were in the Cardiff Oratory Church and the earlier was at St. Martin’s, Roath during the summer. The total raised at these three concerts was £4,020 and that’s thanks to you, our fantastic supporters!

    Our grand total since the choir’s first concert in March 2013 now stands at £52,440 from 43 events. Most importantly, this money has been given to 58 different charities and good causes.

    We wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas and we hope to see you at one of our concerts in the New Year - the first of which is planned for the 5th March in Llandaff Cathedral, save the date! Here’s ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, recorded at our recent concert in the Cardiff Oratory Church - 15/12/21


    22 December 2021

    'In the Bleak Midwinter'

    The poem, ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ by Christina Rossetti was originally published under the simple title, ‘A Christmas Carol’. It took just over 30 years for anyone to set it to music and the two famous settings we know today were written within three years of each other! 

    The first was written by Gustav Holst in 1906 but we’ve chosen to perform Harold Darke’s 1909 setting. 

    He wrote this while he was a student at the Royal College of Music and although it was written at the start of his career, it still remains one of his most popular pieces. In fact, Darke would complain that the popularity of this tune prevented people from performing his other compositions!

    This recording features two soloists: Sarah Choi (soprano) and Paul Rothwell (tenor), with David Butler (organ). It was taken at our recent concert in the Cardiff Oratory Church - 15/12/21