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 Countances Cathedral and churches in Normandy. The choir also sings at corporate and private events.
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.
Between October 2016 and September 2017, the choir has sung on 19 occasions in 11 different venues in Jersey and France, encompassing choral evensongs, an Advent service, a Nine Lessons & Carols service, a Passiontide service, Latin Masses, special services marking the Dean’s farewell and welcoming the new Lieutenant-Governor; for weddings and funerals as well as corporate and private events. For the second year, the choir sang for a Tenebrae Service at the Town Church on Maundy Thursday, and was delighted to return to St. Thomas’s in May to sing Victoria’s Missa O Quam Gloriosum following their performance of Palestrina’s Missa Brevis in 2016. The choir has been invited to return to both churches in 2018.
Over the past year the choir has performed a wide range of music from six centuries – some 60 works by 50 composers - including works by Tallis, Guerrero, Lassus, Victoria, Byrd, Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Goss, Tchaikovsky, Stanford, Wood, Vaughan Williams, Dyson, Bullock & Middleton. More recently-composed works have also featured prominently in the choir’s attractive and eclectic programmes, including works by Howells, Walton, John Joubert, R. R. Bennett, Morten Lauridsen, John Rutter, Philip Wilby, Judith Weir, Howard Goodall, Judith Weir, Bob Chilcott, Peter Nardone, James MacMillan, Will Todd, Ēriks Ešenvalds & Philip Stopford.
If you would like to receive the choir’s newsletter please sign up using the nearby link on this page, and if you are interested in joining us or booking us, please contact our Chairman Fred Benest on 863826.