St Teilo Arts

HIRING THE CHURCHspace

We are delighted to have such a wonderfully versatile and flexible space,

and it is often hired out as a performance and rehearsal venue.

For more information about hiring the church, please email stteiloarts@gmail.com. Church availability can be found in our events calendar.

 


ABOUT ST TEILO ARTS

Booking the church as a venue is handled by St Teilo Arts, a registered charity. It exists to open the church building up to the community for the purposes of arts rehearsal, recording and performance. In order to make the church suitable for such activity, major internal work has been carried out to provide the flexibility to accommodate performing arts groups from small drama ensembles and choirs up to symphony orchestras, whilst maintaining the character of the church and its cycle of worship. This work has included:

  • Making the pews movable so that they can be moved on especially designed trolleys to clear the entire nave area by two people in 20 minutes, allowing rehearsal space for orchestras of at least 90 performers;
  • Provision of a new multi-channel lighting system controlled from a lighting desk;
  • Provision of 90 padded chairs for instrumental practice and performance;
  • Provision of additional toilet facilities including accessible toilet;
  • induction loop for hearing aid users
  • Glazing of the main porch entrance.

There are three principal areas/seating configurations for performance: conventional pew seating facing the chancel area (for choirs, small to medium-sized instrumental ensembles, and organ recitals), the open rear of the church with the nave seating reversed (proving good for large brass bands), and transversely across the back of the church using the chairs (small instrumental/vocal/drama ensembles).

The work, costing some £80,000, was principally supported by the Arts Council of Wales, The Prince’s Trust, Foundation for Sports and the Arts, Garfield Weston Trust, and The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust.


Benefits

Performers benefit from the character and facilities of the church (built in the English Gothic style), including a fine open acoustic, an impressive architectural setting, and a restored English Romantic pipe organ by W.G. Vowles (1886) on the North side of the choir stalls.

Recent users of the facilities include: The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Sinfonia Cymru, Cardiff University Music Society, The Concept Players, The Pay As You View Cory Band, Cantemus Chamber Choir Wales, The University of Wales School of Medicine Orchestra and Choir, and South Wales Symphonia.