About Us

Cantorion Coety Rehersals, at Gilead Chapel, CoityCantorion Coety is a Welsh mixed voice choir which was formed in September 2007 when a handful of experienced choristers met to sing in the Welsh language. The choir is now composed of about 35 members.Gilead Chapel, Coity

Rehearsals take place at Gilead Chapel, Coity, Bridgend, CF35 6AU, South Wales, on Monday evenings from 7.30pm – 9.00pm.

Cantorion Coety’s large repertoire encompasses all aspects of Welsh choral music, including contemporary compositions, traditional music, hymns and folk songs as well as translations of songs from other cultures.

 

Cantorion Coety is administered and run by a number of talented individuals. The roles held by members of the team are outlined below.

Picture of Dr John Elfed Jones CBE, DL, Eira Paskin and Gareth Waite
L-R: Choir President Dr John Elfed Jones CBE, DL, Musical Director Eira Paskin, Accompanist Gareth Waite.

Eira Paskin, the MD, has taught English for many years but music has always been the absorbing hobby she has been very pleased to indulge since she retired.  Apart from Cantorion Coety, Eira also directs the Ogmore Valley Male Voice choir and sings with the Bridgend-based choir, Côr Bro Ogwr.  This year she was nominated for an Individual Citizen’s Award in recognition of her commitment and services to choral singing in the Borough.

Gareth Waite, the accompanist is from Pencoed, Bridgend. He started playing the piano when he was 7.  He went to Pencoed Comprehensive School and then studied Law at the University of Exeter. Following completion of his law degree, he was called to the Bar in 2008.  He currently works for a law firm in Cardiff and enjoys music in his free time.  He is also accompanist for the Ogmore Valley Male Voice Choir and plays trombone for a number of different music groups in the south of Wales.

Alun Jones, the deputy conductor is from Maesteg and is a retired teacher. His musical experience spans many years of orchestral and choral music. His involvement with the Maesteg Amateur Operatic Society as Musical Director gained him much experience with music of a lighter genre. On retiring, he became a founder member of Cantorion Coety as a tenor. He also is ‘Choir Master at St. Michael and All Angels’ Church, Maesteg, and was awarded ‘The Archbishop of Wales  Award’ for his services to Church Music.

Christine Goldsworthy, the deputy accompanist is a retired music teacher and one of the founder members of Cantorion Coety.  Chris was the original accompanist, but now enjoys singing with the altos and helping out as deputy accompanist whenever necessary. She is also very involved with the music in her church, helping and playing piano and organ.

One of the choir members, Mrs Beryl Thomas, uses her wide knowledge of the Welsh language and culture to enhance and widen our repertoire.  Popular pieces have been translated into Welsh and Beryl’s own compositions are also performed.

Administration

  • Choir President – Dr John Elfed Jones CBE, DL
  • Life Member – Christine Goldsworthy

Committee Members      

  • Chair – Gareth Brace
  • Secretary – Margaret Davies
  • Treasurer – Robert Price
  • Publicity Officer – Alun Roberts Jones
  • Musical Director – Eira Paskin
  • IT Co-ordinator – Peter Coombs

Music Team

  • Musical Director – Eira Paskin
  • Deputy Musical Director – Alun Jones
  • Accompanist –  Gareth Waite
  • Deputy Accompanist  –  Christine Goldsworthy