CF1 is a mixed choir based in Cardiff. Since its inception as a Youth Association by Eilir Owen Griffiths in 2002, CF1 has developed into one of Wales’ most competitive mixed choirs.
Over the years, CF1 has had considerable success in the Urdd Eisteddfod; the National Eisteddfod; Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod; Pontrhydfendigaid Eisteddfod; Cheltenham Choral Festival and North Wales Choral Festival. The choir won the Mixed Choirs Category in the Côr Cymru Competition in 2013 and winning the BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year in 2014 was the icing on top of the cake.
The choir enjoys performing on the international stage. The choir has travelled to the United States, Poland, Canada, Italy and Ireland, as well as across England and Wales. In 2016, representatives of the choir went to the state of Mizoram in India to perform at the Kristian Thalai Pâwl Conference – a Christian Youth Association founded in 1954 by the Welsh missionary, Rev. O. W. Owen. CF1 were the first choir from Wales to visit the province and performed to a pavilion of over 20,000 people. In 2017, the choir went for a week to Rhineland, Germany where they paid a musical tribute at the grave of Ellis Humphrey Evans – Hedd Wyn and participated in an afternoon service of worship at Cologne Cathedral.
CF1’s highlights include performing in the official opening of the Wales Millennium Centre in 2004; singing in the Millennium Stadium before rugby matches – and before the 2015 England Rugby World Cup; singing in the Basilica San Zeno Maggiore in Verona and Basilica St. Marl’s in Venice; performing Cantata Memoria - a multilingual text by Sir Karl Jenkins and Mererid Hopwood to mark 50 years since the Aberfan disaster with Sir Bryn Terfel, Elin Manahan Thomas, David Childs, Catrin Finch, Joo Yeon and Sinfonia Cymru, conducted by Sir Karl Jenkins at the Wales Millennium Centre; performing as part of the Festival of Voice – Cardiff’s first international arts festival.
CF1 has released two CDs ‘Côr Aelwyd CF1’ (2006) and ‘Con Spirito’ (2011).