Category: Residencies

2018/19 New Year in St Davids

In December 2018 we returned to Pembrokeshire to sing services in St Davids Cathedral and to give a special New Year’s Eve concert in our beloved Trefin Chapel. It was a truly magical time and we are hugely grateful to everyone who packed out both the cathedral and the concert.

View from the organ loft.
The gents hard at work relaxing…
After the concert in Trefin Chapel.

August 2017 | Tour to St Davids

We made our biennial trip to St Davids in Pembrokeshire in August 2017, where once again we sang services and concerts in the Cathedral and surrounding area. With a programme entitled ‘Music on Themes of Love and Devotion,’ we performed pieces by 20th- and 21st-century composers including Gjeilo, Walton, Poulenc, and MacMillan. We were very pleased to be able to contribute once more to the restoration of Trefin Chapel, with a service of Compline and a Family Concert (including audience participation, animal noises, and a conductor clad in a chicken hat). We also enjoyed time on various beaches, and singing services in St Davids Cathedral.

Relaxing on the beach…

In rehearsal in St Davids Cathedral.



August 2015 | Summer Tour

Vox Cantab’s 2015 summer tour began with a much-anticipated return to the lovely Trefin Chapel, near St Davids in Pembrokeshire, where the Choir were extremely warmly-received in 2013. We also gave a performance in St Mary’s, Haverfordwest, and in St Davids Cathedral, as part of their summer recital series. The week finished with Evensong at the Cathedr2015 Aug VC TUESDAY beach1al, and we were delighted to have Dr Rowan Williams in the congregation.


We were pleased to welcome back prize-winning organist Tim Parsons to play and conduct for us once more, along with our director Louisa Denby. The Choir also undertook visits to local hospices and nursing homes as part of our Summer Outreach Project.


St Davids 2015 Tour Schedule

Sunday 16th August, 7.30pm
Trefin Chapel, Trefin, Pembrokeshire

Family Concert

The programme included a range of music both sacred and secular, from 16th-century polyphony through to our own arrangements of Welsh Folk Songs. The audience joined in enthusiastically when the opportunity arose!


Monday 17th August, 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Haverfordwest

Wednesday 19th August, 7.30pm
St Davids Cathedral, St Davids

Like as the Hart | A Concert of Psalm Settings

In concert.
In concert.

The programme included works by Renaissance composers Byrd, Lassus, and Palestrina, and moving through the centuries Purcell, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, and others, finishing with a new work, ‘The Lord is King’, but our very own Timothy Parsons, and Parry’s iconic ‘I was Glad’.



Tuesday 18th August, 9.30pm

Trefin Chapel, Trefin, Pembrokeshire

Choral Compline

Introit  Jesu, the very thought – Bairstow
Anthem  My soul, there is a country – Parry
Antiphon  Salve Regina – Poulenc




Pre-service hilarity.
Pre-service hilarity.

Thursday 20th August, 6pm
St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire


Responses  Reading
Canticles  Tomkins Second
Anthem  Locus iste – Bruckner

August 2014 | Services at Portsmouth Cathedral

Services at Portsmouth Cathedral

Director Louisa Denby; Organ Ian Tindale

2014 Cathedral group photo


Victoria – Jesu, dulcis memoria

Haydn – Little Organ Mass (solo Catherine White)

Lassus – Ave verum corpus


Walford Davies – Blessed are the pure in heart

Clucas Responses

Brewer – Magnificat & Nunc dimittis in D

Bairstow – Lord, I call upon thee


Peter Leonard, Residentiary Canon at Portsmouth Cathedral

August 2014 | Outreach

The Vox Cantab minibus

Outreach Activities at The Rowans’ Hospice & Steep House Nursing Home, Hampshire,
plus a private home visit

A small number of us visited the Rowans’ Hospice, Waterlooville, and Steep House Nursing Home, in order to entertain the residents with a varied selection of music. 

We also visited our 94-year-old friend in his home, where we were treated to a sumptuous tea and a glimpse of a ‘Great Bible,’ dating from the 16th Century.

Repertoire included:

The Rowans Hospice, Waterlooville, Hampshire, August 2014
The Rowans Hospice, Waterlooville, Hampshire, August 2014

Tallis – If ye love me
Vautor – Sweet Suffolk Owl
Holst – Swansea Town
Trad. Botswanan, arr. L’Estrange – Jesu ukukhanya
Handel, arr. Gritton – Three-minute Messiah
Carter/Hudson, arr. Sund – Goodnight sweetheart

Looking at a copy of Henry VIII's Great Bible
Looking at a copy of Henry VIII’s Great Bible


August 2014 | ‘Essentially English’

Vox Cantab in Chalton

Vox Cantab rehearsing for their one-to-a-part Chalton concert
Vox Cantab rehearsing for their one-to-a-part Chalton concert

The first day of our 2014 Summer Tour saw five members of the Choir give a concert of ‘Essentially English’ music at St Michael & All Angels, Chalton, Hampshire.

Soprano Catherine White, Louisa Dawes; Alto Louisa Denby;
Tenor Dean Parker; Bass Frank Lee


Tye – Give almes of thy goods

Tallis – If ye love me

Morley – Sing we, and chant it

Cornysh – Ah, Robyn

Stanford – When Mary thro’ the garden went

Elgar – As torrents in summer

Wood – Full fathom five

Wood – Oculi omnium

Holst – Swansea Town

Sullivan – The long day closes

English Trad., arr. Gritton – Country Gardens

Trad. Botswanan, arr. L’Estrange – Jesu ukukhanya

Lloyd-Webber – Close every door

Handel, arr. Gritton – Three-minute Messiah