Caritas’s first concert was held in the beautiful medieval setting of Ewenny Priory on 7th March 2013. Music included Allegri’s ‘Miserere’, Purcell’s ‘Let mine eyes run down with tears’, Lotti’s ‘Crucifixus’ and Gibbons ‘O clap your hands’ as well as some more recent works by Walton, Vaughan Williams and Rutter. At this concert, we were delighted to welcome one of Britain’s leading young composers, Tommy Hewitt Jones. Tommy worked in Hollywood and composed the Olympic Mascot theme 2012. We performed Tommy’s ‘Lead me O Lord’ at the concert, an anthem written for the Royal School of Church Music.
Having set out with a plan to raise £1,000 at every concert for a charity or other good cause, we reached this target in our first concert. There was much interest in the new choir, the repertoire and in the charity fund-raising with the result that the concert was sold out two weeks before it took place.