CÔR DYFED CHOIR was founded in 1967 by John S Davies. Each year the Choir performs about five concerts, primarily in St Davids Cathedral, and also some fine local venues including Monkton Priory, Goodwick, Cardigan, Rhos y Gilwen (Nr Cardigan), St Mary's Tenby. In recent years the choir has travelled to Prague on two occasions, singing in the Smetana Hall, and also Dublin and Carlow Cathedral in Ireland, and St John's Smith Square in London. The choir is made up of approximately 60 choristers, selected by audition.
|The Choir frequently performs with the Menevia Consort, led by Barry Haskey, which can number 20 professional players. The Choir is equally fortunate to have the services of Simon Pearce FRCO, assistant organist at St Davids Cathedral.|
Rehearsal accompanist is Sue Howley, and Dr Stuart Evans is Assistant Conductor
Choristers are made up of local professional and amateur singers. A valuable Choral Scholar scheme has been introduced and young singers are invited to apply. Concert soloists are often young professionals who have provided sublime performances in many concerts.
Introducing choral music to young people is important to the Choir, and many concerts are free to under 16s when accompanied by adults.
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St Davids Cathedral
Saturday, July 13th, 2013 7.30pm
Some of the most iconic Shakespeare Songs alongside The Sprig of Thyme by John Rutter: a selection of traditional songs from the British Isles including: Willow Song and The Miller of Dee performed in the incomparable setting of St Davids Cathedral.
Daniel Cook - the Dyfed Choir Music Director
The current Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Davids Cathedral, Daniel Cook, is now also Music Director of The Dyfed Choir. His appointment is very much welcomed by everyone involved with the choir. The appointment will open new doors for the Dyfed Choir and provide greater challenges to all choir members.
Music for Passiontide -
St Martin's Church, Haverfordwest, Saturday, March 24 2012
CHOIR AND CONDUCTOR FORGE REWARDING PARTNERSHIP
Dyfed Choir’s first performance under the baton of their new conductor, Daniel Cook, bore all the hallmarks of a rewarding partnership that promises much for the future.
That choir and conductor had a bare two months to develop a challenging programme of Passiontide music for a successful concert in St Martin’s Church, Haverfordwest, was a notable achievement in itself.
The programme offered contrasting musical fare. The first half was devoted to more traditional offerings in which Joseph Rheinberger’s Cantus Missae and Bruckner’s Christus factus est stood out. Palestrina’s Sicut cervus tore at the heart strings in a manner familiar to the Italian composer and there was a choral gem from an unexpected source, the cellist Pablo Casals.
The second half was in total contrast and, as Daniel Cook alluded in his introduction, had content that was not for the faint-hearted. The centrepiece was Kenneth Leighton’s Crucifixus pro nobis, a small-scale cantata setting of words by the 17th century poets, Patrick Casey and Phineas Fletcher. It was a highly charged work in which harmonies contrasted with subtle dissonance that some ears might have found jarring, but they combined to create a powerful dynamic.
The performance owed much to a compelling contribution by the soloist Hugh Hetherington, who is the Decani Tenor at Salisbury Cathedral, where Daniel Cook was the Assistant Director of Music before his appointment as Organist and Director of Choristers at St David’s Cathedral.
Leighton, a northern lad who died at the unconscionably early age of 59, was taken under his wing by the established composer Gerald Finzi, whose own Lo, the full, final sacrifice was an apposite supporting work.
The concert concluded in the comforting warmth of the John Ireland standard, Greater love hath no man.
Daniel Cook forsook the podium to contribute contrasting organ solos by Merkel, Parry and Leighton himself, and Simon Pearce gave a polished performance as concert organist.
Calvin Pugsley, Leominster, Herefordshire
|Singers between the ages of 16 and 25 are invited to apply for Choral Scholarships which offer both a year's free membership of Dyfed Choir and up to £240 towards singing lessons for the year.|
The scholarships aim to let young singers perform an exciting range of works, many with an orchestra in St Davids Cathedral.
www.danielcookorganist.com Daniel Cook, Dyfed Choir Music Director
www.stdavidscathedral.org. uk St Davids Cathedral
www.gerontius.net (information exchange forum for choral societies) www.makingmusic.org.uk Making Music (formerly National Federation of Music Societies)
www.tycerdd.org Music Centre Wales (for Welsh Amateur Music Federation)
www.stdavidsinfo.org.uk St Davids Peninsula Tourist Association