Past Concerts

Since our first performance in March 2013 we have put on 30 concerts, building a large and wide-ranging repertoire of almost 200 pieces as well as raising over £35,000 for charities and other good causes.

Our first concert

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.

Past concerts and money raised

Here is a list of all Caritas concerts, venues, amounts raised and charities/organisations supported. If you wish to donate money to Caritas or to one of the charities we have supported, please get in touch with us via our Contact page

Grand Total Raised

£35,429 from 30 events

£1,180 on average for each concert

Supporting 39 different charities and good causes

2013

March: Ewenny Priory – £1,000 – NSPCC

June: St German’s, Roath – £1,300 – WaterAid

July: St Michael’s College – £600 – National Garden Scheme

November: Newport Cathedral – £1,010 – St David’s Hospice, Newport & St Woolos Choral Foundation

December: Cardiff County Club – £1,961 – Lady Taverners

December: Dyffryn House – £1,016 – National Trust

2014

April: St Martin’s Roath – £4,050* – End Polio Now

April: St Mary’s Swansea – £800 – Maggie’s Cancer & St Mary’s Foundation

June: St Augustine’s, Penarth – £1,500 – Making Music Changing lives

November: Dewi Sant, Cardiff – £1,000 – Mind

December: St Nicholas, The Vale – £1,300 – 2 Wish upon a Star

2015

March: St Teilo, Cardiff – £1,060 – Huggard Centre for the Homeless

June: Ewenny Priory – £1,220 – Anthony Nolan Trust

2016

February: St Michael’s College – £1,030 – Shelter Cymru & The Little Princess Trust

March: Abergavenny – £400 – Music in Hospitals

April: Dewi Sant – £1,023 – Diabetes UK Cymru (£700) and Dewi Sant pipe organ (£323)

June: St John’s Cardiff – £250** – Ty Hafan (Festival special concert)

June: All Saints Barry – £1,200 – Ty Hafan & All Saints roof (£600 each)

October: Peterston-super-Ely – £864 – Church roof & Children in Yemen

November: Swansea – £840 – St Mary’s Music Trust & Ty Olwen Hospice

December: St German’s, Roath – £1,164 – Cardiff Food Bank and St German’s organ fund

2017

March: Newport Cathedral – £1,122 – Mind (Newport) & Friends of Newport Cathedral Choir

May: Ewenny – £1,300 – Defibrillator / Anthony Nolan Trust

June: Lower Machen – £1,018 – LM Festival, Enable (Caerphilly CC)

September: St Thomas the Martyr, Bristol – £1,150 – The Churches Conservation Trust

December: Penarth Pier Pavilion – £1,505 – Penarth Arts & Crafts (PACL) and Cardiff Samaritans

Come and Sing Parry, All Saints Penarth, Oct 2018

2018

February: St Michael’s Centre, Llandaff – £1235.55 – Nekemte Christian Education College, Ethiopia

April: St German’s, Roath – 1,250 NSPCC – (£750) and Lasallian Developing World Projects (£500)

July: Beulah United Reformed Church, Rhiwbina – £600 – British Red Cross Syria Appeal

October: All Saints, Penarth – £1660.45 – St Peter’s Church Old Cogan (£819.63) & Gofal (£840.82)

*The exceptional £4,050 at St Martin’s Roath in April 2014 was due to the additional input from the Bill Gates Foundation which adds on twice the amount raised in respects of specific charities of which ‘End Polio Now’ is one; happily, we had easily exceeded the usual £1,000 target even before the Bill Gates addition.

**The concert at St John’s Cardiff (June 2016) was part of the Cardiff Festival of Voice – 18 choirs in 18 venues – hence the £250 fee rather than fund-raising (entrance to the concerts was free of charge).