Cantabile 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 in September 2015 had an enjoyable trip to Normandy. The choir also sings at corporate and private events. A return visit to France is being planned for September 2017.
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.
Since October 2015 the choir has sung on 20 occasions and in 13 different venues in Jersey, including choral evensongs, Advent services, a Nine Lessons & Carols Christmas service, a Passiontide service, a Sung Latin Mass, a special service celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday; for weddings, funerals and also corporate and private events. The choir sang for the first time a Tenebrae Service on Maundy Thursday last year at the Town Church and was delighted to sing the Missa Brevis by Palestrina at St Thomas’ Church. The choir has been invited to return to both churches in 2017.
Over the last two years the choir has performed music from six centuries, including works by Tallis, Palestrina, Guerrero, Victoria, J. Handl, Dowland, Byrd, Gibbons, Tomkins, Purcell, Bach, Greene, Wesley, Stainer, Stanford, Wood, Vaughan Williams, Ireland, Bainton, Harris, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and Duruflé. More recently-composed works have also featured prominently in the choir’s attractive and eclectic programmes, including works by John Tavener, Arvo Pärt, Richard Rodney Bennett, Andrew Carter, Howard Skempton, Morten Lauridsen, Philip Wilby, Cecilia McDowall, John Rutter, Matthew Harris, Mark Sirrett, Judith Weir, Stephanie Martin, William Matthias, Bob Chilcott, James MacMillan, Umas Sisack, Will Todd, Sally Beamish & Ēriks Ešenvalds.
If you would like to receive the choir’s newsletter please sign up using the link at the side of this page, and if you are interested in joining us, please contact our Chairman Fred Benest on 863826.