Cavaille-Coll Organ Online Diary
St Teilo Arts is a registered charity based at the church of St Andrew and St Teilo, Woodville Road, Cathays, Cardiff. Its purpose is 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 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 disabled toilet
    •    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).
St Teilo Arts benefits 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 recently restored English Romantic pipe organ by W.G. Vowles (1886) on the North side of the choir stalls. We hope to install a small Mutin Cavaillé-Coll 'Orgue de Choeur' (1902) in the next year. The work, costing some £50,000, has been principally supported by the Arts Council of Wales, The Prince’s Trust, Foundation for Sports an the Arts, Garfield Weston
Trust, and The Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust. Current 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.