The choir comprises forty or so singers, some of whom are founder members, 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. There have been many overseas tours (including the USA, France, Hungary, Russia, Romania, Poland, Holland and Guernsey), many TV and radio broadcasts and they have brought out over 30 CDs. As well as large events in St David’s Hall, such as the recent concert with Stuart Townend, the choir enjoy “Evenings with Cambrensis”, informal concerts with a mix of music and testimony, tailored to suit the needs of the churches, large or small. Their schedule is busy and varied and a blessing to many.
Cambrensis Junior Singers (the Cambrats!) and The Promise of Christmas Youth Choir
Founded in 1993, the Cambrats now comprise about 25 children from churches in the South Wales area. The focus is on a lively and enthusiastic presentation of popular Christian songs enjoyed by the children and their audiences. Rehearsals are relaxed and include games, “Cambrats got Talent” afternoons and the playing of bell plates. In July 2018, they celebrated their 25th anniversary, with a lovely “Concert and Cakes” with Cambrensis Choir. Since 2001, the Cambrats have been joined by a larger group of children from churches and schools in South Wales to form “The Promise of Christmas Youth Choir”, taking St David’s Hall by storm as they are star attraction in the annual Christmas event.
Anne Brown and Lynda Rose, who led and accompanied the Cambrats and Promise of Christmas Youth Choir from the beginning, retired after last year’s Promise of Christmas, handing over to Emily Witts and Lorraine Vernon. Under their new leadership, the Cambrats held a relaunch concert earlier this year and Emily, who is herself a former member of both choirs, will be on the rostrum at this year’s Promise of Christmas.
For more information about the history of Cambrensis and the Cambrats, please see our Origins Page.
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 in Bridgend and Cardiff in the weeks before the event. The choir is made up of people who enjoy praising the Lord, but who do not have the time to commit to the regular programme of Cambrensis.
The choir took part in the Stuart Townend concert in July and, earlier this year, joined Cambrensis and local church congregations in Bethel Baptist Church, Pontyclun, for “Sing Unto the Lord an Old Song”, a day of recording and filming traditional hymns which will be arranged into services and distributed to residential homes for them to use for worship. Rehearsals for “A Life Well Lived” and “The Promise of Christmas” start in early October.
Contact us if you are interested in joining this choir for any of our events.