The choir comprises around 45 singers drawn from a number of churches across South Wales. Since its formation, Cambrensis has developed into one of the foremost Christian choirs in the country with a wide repertoire from classics to gospel and contemporary. We have enjoyed many overseas tours over the years, visiting the USA, France, Hungary, Russia, Romania, Poland, Holland and Guernsey. In 2018 a group from the choir travelled to Berlin to join several thousand singers from all over the world in singing Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace commemorating the Centenary of the end of World War One. The choir have made some TV and many radio broadcasts, including taking part in Radio 4 and Radio Wales Sunday morning service live broadcasts. We have brought out over 30 CDs, some with the St David’s Praise Choir.
Our larger events in St David’s Hall have included amongst others ‘Stuart Townend and Cambrensis in Concert’, performing John Rutter’s A Gift of Life, joining with a large Korean Choir to celebrate 150 Years of the first Gospel mission to Korea, singing with The Sons of Jubal, a large Male Voice Choir from Georgia, USA and of course the annual ever popular Promise of Christmas. The choir frequently enjoy ‘Evenings with Cambrensis’ which are more informal concerts with a mix of music and testimony, tailored to suit the needs of the churches, large or small, or charities such as Tearfund, amongst others. Our schedule is busy and varied and we trust a blessing to many.
Entrance to Cambrensis is through audition with our Musical Director, Jeff Howard, and we welcome enquiries should you be interested in finding out more. We rehearse weekly on Tuesday evenings in Cardiff in a local church.
The Cambrats and The Promise of Christmas Youth Choir
The Cambrats now comprise around 35 children and young people from several churches in the South Wales area. The focus is on lively, enthusiastic but musical presentation of Christian songs enjoyed by both the children, young people and their audiences. Rehearsals are relaxed and can take the form of a series of workshops culminating in a concert. In the run up to Christmas the Cambrats are joined by a much larger group of children and young people ranging in age from 6 to 16 from churches and schools in South Wales, forming ‘The Promise of Christmas Youth Choir’. They always take St David’s Hall by storm!
Under their new leadership, the Cambrats held a re- launch concert and then sang in October 2019 at the Tribute to Anne Brown concert ‘ A Life Well Lived’ where, under the direction of Emily and Lorraine, they proved that the legacy of Anne will indeed live on. Do contact us should your child or young person be interested in joining either Cambrats or the Promise of Christmas Youth Choir.
St David’s Praise Choir
This is the ‘Big choir’ who take part in larger events, particularly those at St David’s Hall. Drawn from over 50 churches across South Wales, this very enthusiastic group of singers rehearse weekly in either Bridgend or Cardiff for a few months before any event. The choir is made up of people who enjoy singing and praising the Lord but who are not able to commit to the regular programme of Cambrensis.
The St David’s Praise choir always take part in the annual Promise of Christmas but often join Cambrensis Choir for other events: they took part in the ‘Stuart Townend and Cambrensis in Concert’, joined us for some Classical pieces when we performed Rutter’s Gift of Life, for the events with the Korean and Sons of Jubal choirs and on several other occasions. We have also enjoyed recording and filming traditional hymns to be arranged into worship services and distributed to residential homes in an event called Sing Unto the Lord an Old Song at Bethel Baptist in Pontyclun. They paid tribute to Anne Brown, of course, in the Tribute Concert in October 2019 and we look forward to sharing many more joint events with them.
Anyone who would enjoy singing God’s praises under the direction of Jeff Howard is welcome to join the St David’s Praise Choir and there is no audition process. Do contact us if you would like to join this choir for any of our events.