St Edward's Music & Arts Centre

St Edward’s Church is a flourishing centre of worship in the Anglican tradition, with weekly Sunday services of Choral Eucharist and Choral Evensong, and daily acts of worship. For over 30 years the Church has recognised its special ministry to musicians and artists in the locality, and the St Edward’s Music & Arts Centre coordinates that outreach to the community, providing opportunities for amateurs and professionals to rehearse and perform in an auditorium of outstanding acoustic quality. Instruments available at the church include a three-manual pipe organ, and a grand piano.

While most of the activities coordinated by St Edward’s Music & Arts Centre are musical, there are also Art Exhibitions, Poetry Readings, Dramatic Performances and Readings.

Several local professional musicians are currently based at St Edward’s, and many of the music groups welcome new members from the local community. The resident professionals include:

Alison Dite
Sara Clethero
Jayne Thomas
Gary Mullins

Music groups who meet, rehearse and perform at St Edward’s:

St Edward’s Choir
St Edward’s Orchestra
Opera Mint Wales
Opera in Situ
The Rock Choir
The Penylan Singers
The Sapphire Singers

South Wales Clarinet Choir
Pavane Early Music Consort
The Cathays Consort
Julian Martin's Jazz Workshop
Cardiff Friendly Strings
Cardiff Recorded Music Society

A series of monthly Saturday morning "Coffee Concerts" is organised each year by Jayne Thomas. Some are given by the resident music groups, but the majority are performances by other local musicians. In addition we have a series of Spring Concerts on Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, and a Jazz Month (four consecutive Saturday mornings at 11am).

Regular "guests" both rehearsing and performing include:

Cardiff County and Vale of Glamorgan Symphonic Brass
The Nidum Ensemble
The Jayne Thomas Piano Trio
Julian Martin & James Chadwick Piano/Guitar Jazz Duo

Kathy Davies
Women in Harmony
Voice Male

We are also delighted to welcome Concerts from Pupils of local music teachers. Regulars include:

The Piano Studio Cardiff
Esther Walker
Meow Chew
Matthew Bromley

From time to time we also host concerts from touring international musicians. Recently these have included:

Sacramento Youth Orchestra
Gustavus Choir from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota
Pianist Alexander Chapman Campbell
Master classes by French conductor Vincent Monteil
French pianist Alexandre Prévert