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Cantorion "The Choir"

Cantorion was formed about 40 years ago, by a small group of people performing pieces for local churches, music-halls etc, but soon evolved into a major mixed-voice choir, currently about 40-strong. Originally called “After Eights” (because choir members were notoriously bad at arriving on time for choir rehearsals), the name “Cantorion” (Welsh for “Choir”) was coined in the late 1970’s by which time the choir was building a much deserved reputation for unaccompanied sacred music. Under the leadership of Bob Girdler, Cantorion won first prize in the 1982 Pontrhydfendigaid Eisteddfod. Cantorion had now come of age!

Cantorion performs an extensive repertoire, ranging from unaccompanied early music, moving to nineteenth century part songs and particularly delights in the music of Stanford. In 2004 they performed “Mirror of Perfection” by Richard Blackford, an example of the choir’s interest in contemporary music. David White took up the baton in 2006 whereupon Cantorion considerably extended the range and ambition of its programmes.

It is now customary to give a substantial concert each year of standard choral classics accompanied by an orchestra. Thanks to an increase in membership over the last few years, Bach’s “Magnificat” and Haydn’s “Nelson Mass” have proved well within Cantorion’s grasp. There was a thrilling account of Britten’s “St Nicolas” in 2008 which involved the participation of the Girls’ Choir from Bedstone College, as well as choristers and soloists from Brecon Cathedral. Then in December 2009, the choir presented Handel’s “Messiah”, a work of taxing choral demands and a wonderful opportunity to work with top flight soloists from London. This is being followed on the 27th November 2010 by Poulenc's "Gloria" and Faure's "Requiem".

Concerts are frequently given in support of local charities and local festivities. Full advantage is taken of the excellent venues available in Llandrindod Wells including the Victorian-built Pavilion (seating over 400) and Holy Trinity Church, a large enough church to accommodate amply, for instance, the theatrical nature of Britten’s “St Nicolas”.

Cantorion is always ready to accept new members. Contact the secretary, Jill Clay on 01597 822920 or e-mail jillclay@sky.com

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