Cardiff choir support Welsh charity with Christmas concert

Llandaff Cathedral will be the festive setting for renowned local choir’s Christmas concert in aid of Diabetes UK Cymru on Friday 18 of December.


Rugby legend Eddie Butler will be the evening’s host and will introduce Cardiff’s Cantemus Chamber Choir and special guests. The choir will be performing a selection of Christmas favourites, old and new, from their new CD Nativity.


Cantemus has previously been performed on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and classic FM as well as performing at venues across Europe. The choir is conducted by Swansea-born Huw Williams who is also Director of Music at the Chapel Royal, St James' Palace. They will be supported on the night by the Llandaff Brass Consort.


The choir decided to raise money for the charity because one of its members Dr Mike Page is a diabetes specialist consultant at the Royal Glamorgan hospital.


Dr Page said: “Cantemus is thrilled to be performing in the beautiful Llandaff Cathedral at Christmas. The concert will be a treat for everyone in the run up to the festive season. The choir is particularly looking forward to singing some of the best known carols but has some more jazzy surprises up its sleeve also. We aim to have everyone’s Christmas favourite covered.


“For over 25 years I have been involved with Diabetes UK and have seen the impact that diabetes can have on people’s lives. It is a great privilege for us to be able to help support this charity, which is improving things for people living with the condition in Wales.”


The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost £20 for adults, £10 for under 30s and under 16s can attend for free.


Tickets are available to purchase by visiting the Diabetes UK Cymru website, by emailing wales@diabetes.org.uk or calling 029 2066 8276. Some tickets will also be available on the night

though early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.


The direct booking website address is https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cantemus-chamber-choir-nativity-carol-concert-for-diabetes-uk-cymru-tickets-19490618966.




1      Diabetes UK is the leading UK charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes.  For more information on all aspects of diabetes and access to Diabetes UK activities and services, visit www.diabetes.org.uk 

          2      In the UK, 3.5 million people are diagnosed with diabetes. In addition, there are 549,000 people who have Type 2 diabetes but don’t know they have it because they haven’t                        been diagnosed. 11.9 million people are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and if current trends continue, an estimated 5 million people will have diabetes by                          2025. 

3      Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly.   If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications.  Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age in the UK and is a major cause of lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke. 

4      People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin.  About 10 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 1.   No one knows exactly what causes it, but it’s not to do with being overweight and it isn’t currently preventable.  It usually affects children or young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly.  Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses – taken either by injections or via an insulin pump. It is also recommended to follow a  healthy diet and take regular physical activity

5      People with Type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce doesn’t work properly (known as insulin resistance).  85 to 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2.  They might get Type 2 diabetes because of their family history, age and ethnic background puts them at increased risk.  They are also more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if they are overweight.  It starts gradually, usually later in life, and it can be years before they realise they have it. Type 2 diabetes is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity.  In addition, tablets and/or insulin can be required. 

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