The Cantabile Ensemble is a friendly SATB chamber choir specializing in performing the finest church music from the Renaissance to the present day. Regularly invited to sing Choral Evensongs, concerts and special services in the many fine churches in Jersey, we have also sung in English cathedrals and last September had an enjoyable trip to Normandy.
Our musical director, Graham Caldbeck, is one of the UK’s leading conductors of amateur choirs and brings a wealth of practical experience as a singer, conductor and teacher to our rehearsals. The choir meets on a Tuesday evening in St. Martin’s Parish Church between 7.30pm and 9.00pm. You are most welcome to attend a rehearsal on a trial basis and to sample the opportunity to improve your vocal and musical skills in a thoroughly enjoyable way.
During 2015 the choir performed music from six centuries, including works by Tallis, Dowland, Byrd, Gibbons, Tomkins, Purcell, Bach, Greene, Stainer, Stanford, Wood, Vaughan Williams, Ireland, Bainton, Harris and Duruflé. More recently-composed works by John Tavener, Arvo Pärt, Andrew Carter, Howard Skempton, Cecilia McDowall, John Rutter, Matthew Harris, Mark Sirrett, Judith Weir, Stephanie Martin and Sally Beamish have also featured in the choir’s attractive and eclectic programmes.
In March the choir performed Stainer’s The Crucifixion and in June presented Magnificat!, a special Choral Evensong in the Town Church celebrating the contribution of women composers to church. Towards the end of the year the choir gave two memorable performances of an Advent carol service entitled From Darkness to Light. Over the course of 2015 the choir sang in the churches of Gouray, St. Martin, St. John, St. Peter, St. Ouen, St. Lawrence and Town Church, as well as for a number of corporate and private events.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact our Chairman Fred Benest on 863826.