As we approach the end of our 2015/16 season, Wendy Baker, our friend and longstanding accompanist has informed the choir of her intention to retire from her role at the end of May this year. She has been our pianist for 19 years and has performed at many, many concerts for us. Her attendance with us has been outstanding. The only time she has taken off in the last few years was when she had her hip replaced. She practices very hard at home, alone and with our soloists, as well as being a constant on rehearsal nights. We will miss her very much and thank her for her many years of dedicated service
The show however, must go on and we very pleased to announce that Lauren Lantsbery has agreed to fill the vacancy left by Wendy's departure. Lauren is already known to many of the choir as she accompanies Musicality and until very recently the Gala Group. For many years she played for the Abbey Minstrels and we are very pleased she has accepted our invitation to join us.
The choir numbers now stand at around 46 choristers so our scope to take on new singers is limited. We are currently only recruiting people with the ability to read music and who have previous choral experience. If this is you and you are interested in coming along and seeing what we are about please contact our Musical Director or come along to St Andrews Church on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm. See our contacts page for more information.
Hope to see you at one of our concerts soon
Cantare Singers will entertain you!
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We work hard in rehearsals to ensure we give the best possible performance, whether it be a full evening concert, a short afternoon performance or at a wedding or special event. Come, and be entertained. We love to meet our audience, so be sure to introduce yourselves afterward!
If you like variety in your music, then Cantare Singers are the group for you. Our repertoire ranges from Opera and Gilbert and Sullivan, through traditional songs to numbers by Elton John, The Carpenters and Sting. We love to perform "songs from the shows", from Rogers and Hammerstein favourites, through West Side Story, Oliver, Paint Your Wagon, Camelot and many more, to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins. No music catalogue would be complete without music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and we feature music from The Phantom, Cats and Joseph amongst others.
We are proud of our ability to sing sacred music, with a variety of arranged hymn tunes (some arranged specifically for the Cantare Singers), gospel songs, calypsos and more. We also perform Easter Oratorios such as John Stainer's "Crucifixion" and Maunders "Olivet to Calvary".
Christmas is not ignored. We sing a great mix of carols and songs (some serious, some not so), including Walking in the Air, Mistletoe and Wine, Frosty the Snowman and The Twelve Days of Christmas.
We are always adding to our repertoire and with over 250 individual items at our fingertips, we can be sure there is something for everyone.
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"I should like to express our thanks for the magnificent concert put on by the Cantare Singers" FTG Bird, Chairman of Appeal Fund, Bethany Homestead, Northampton. Dec 2011
"Thank you and your choir for the magnificent performance they gave of Stainer's Crucifixion during Holy Week 2012." Diane Latchford, The Parish of Duston and Upton
"thank you and your wonderful choir for giving us such a pleasant evening. Comments from everyone have been most complementary and all agree that they had an excellent evening". Rosemary Wallace, Church Secretary, Carey Baptist Church, Moulton, 2011