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 beautiful churches in Jersey, we have also sung in English cathedrals (most recently in Leicester, July 2018). In recent years the choir has sung regularly in Normandy & Brittany - in Coutances Cathedral and churches in Agon-Coutainville, Gratot & Virey in Normandy, and in Eglise St. Méen in Cancale, Brittany. The choir also occasionally sings for civic services, services of Confirmation and Ordination; for weddings and memorial services and also 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 2018 and September 2019, the choir sang on 13 occasions in 12 different venues in Jersey and France, encompassing choral evensongs, a service of Compline, a series of carol services for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany, a Passiontide performance and a Latin Mass.
Before safeguarding measures against Covid prevented singing, during the previous year the choir performed a wide range of music from six centuries – some 50+ works by 40 composers - including works by Isaac, Tallis, Sheppard & Byrd; Mendelssohn, Walmisley, Wesley, Parry, Elgar, Charles Wood, Ireland, Bairstow & Vaughan Williams. More recently-composed works have also featured prominently in the choir’s attractive and eclectic programmes, including works by Duruflé, Leighton, Burgon, Tavener, Grayston Ives, Mack Wilberg, Rihards Dubra, Peter Nardone, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Philip Stopford & Matthew Martin.
In the short time since choral singing resumed in early summer 2021, the choir has sung for six events - a ‘Musical Walk’ at St. Ouen’s Manor as part of the Liberation Music Festival; a celebratory Choral Evensong at St. Martin Parish Church; weddings at St. Saviour & St Clement Parish Churches; a memorial service at St. Brelade Parish Church, and a recording session in St Clement as part of the Music Around Jersey series. A wide range of works have been performed by composers including Victoria, Dowland, Gibbons, Bruckner, Noble, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Rose, Matthew Harris, Stephen Paulus, Andrew Carter, John Rutter, Bob Chilcott & Peter Nardone.
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.