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 (10 have been visited during the past year), we have also sung in English cathedrals (most recently in Leicester, July 2018) and in Coutances Cathedral and churches in Normandy (in September 2017). The choir also occasionally sings at weddings and memorial services and for 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 September 2017 and July 2018, the choir has sung on 22 occasions in 14 different venues in Jersey and France, encompassing choral evensongs, an Advent service, a Nine Lessons & Carols service, carol singing at Hamptonne and at Government House for the Lieutenant-Governors’ Christmas Reception; a Passiontide service, a Latin Mass, a choral Eucharist and at the special service marking the new Dean’s Induction. Last year we also sang at the services marking the retiring Dean’s farewell and welcoming the new Lieutenant Governor. In May 2018, the choir sang for the Mass for Pentecost at St. Thomas’s, one of the last big Festival services taken by the retiring Catholic Dean, Monsignor Nicholas France. The choir has sung there for three years in succession.
Over the past year the choir has performed a wide range of music from six centuries – some 80+ works by 50 composers - including works by Taverner, Tallis, Lassus, Victoria, Hassler, Eccard, Byrd, Gibbons, Bach, Mozart, S.S. Wesley, Stainer, Stanford, Wood, Brewer, Vaughan Williams, & Middleton. More recently-composed works have also featured prominently in the choir’s attractive and eclectic programmes, including works by Villette, Howells, Sumsion, John Joubert, Leighton, John Rutter, Philip Wilby, Graham Caldbeck, Howard Skempton, Howard Goodall, Bob Chilcott, James MacMillan, James Whitbourn, Rihards Dubra and Ola Gjeilo.
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.