There was a magnificent recital at St David’s Metropolitan Cathedral last month. Performing were The Capella Choir of Calvin College, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Their repertoire included music by Dan Forest, William Byrd, John Rutter and many others.
Capella was founded by Professor Seymour Swets in 1935, twelve years after he formed the Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs, which provided the opportunity for Calvin students to sing and tour various local churches of the Christian Reformed denomination.
This combined choir became first known as the A Cappella Choir and began touring in 1937.
Since the fall of 2014, Capella has been conducted by Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, professor of music at Calvin and a highly sought after conductor and presenter nationally and internationally.
Capella’s discography lists significant recordings in LPs, cassettes, and CDs under the three previous full-time conductors which have merited a devoted following.