Following retirement from the RAF in 1997, John and his wife Angela settled in Winsley, while John worked with the MOD in Bath. Now fully retired he divides
his time between gliding, beekeeping, church treasuryship, the Royal British Legion, orienteering, and singing with Cantamus. Until recently he was a trustee of Julian House in Bath, and still does an occasional stint in the kitchens. John sang with a number of choirs during his time in the Service, in Cyprus, Germany and the UK, and was delighted to discover Cantamus shortly after settling in West Wiltshire. As a small chamber choir under the good humoured yet professional direction of Mike Daniels Cantamus has established a sound reputation for its varied repertoire and enthusiastic presentation, and he enjoys the privilege of being its Chair.
Paul moved to Winsley in 1996, with his wife Caroline & two daughters, having previously worked in South London for a number of years. He currently works as an engineering consultant in railway signalling design.
Paul joined Cantamus some 16 years ago under the choir’s founder and previous Music Director. He has since seen the choir grow and develop under the enthusiastic direction of Mike Daniels, who has led Cantamus into new and exciting areas, with repertoire now ranging from a-cappella motets to contemporary jazz.
Caroline has enjoyed singing in choirs in various parts of the country. Since settling in Wiltshire, she has spent a lot of her time taking her four children to various Wiltshire Young Musicians groups, based at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon. Now that her evenings are her own, she has finally been able to join a choir again. Having tried out a few possibilities, she chose Cantamus because of the friendliness of its members, the varied (and sometimes) challenging repertoire and Mike's fun supportive style. Tuesday evenings are a highlight of the week!
Clara studied music at Bath Spa University and following her graduation worked at the Holburne Museum in Bath for 3 years, as Fundraising Assistant. She has also worked as Programme and Events Coordinator at the Wiltshire Music Centre for 2 and a half years. Clara now works as a freelance arts administrator and jazz singer, performing regularly in the Bath and Bristol area both with a trio and as part of a cabaret show.
Clara joined Cantamus in September 2012, in time to take part in their performance of Will Todd's Mass in Blue which stands out as one of the choir's finest outings in recent years. She joined the committee in July 2013 and is thoroughly enjoying being part of this exciting, forward thinking chamber choir, whose members don't seem to be daunted by any repertoire, being it contemporary jazz or rennaissance, that Maestro Daniels throws at them.
Patrick and his wife Sue returned to Wiltshire for their retirement in 2014 after living in Sanderstead in South Croydon. They live in Staverton close to an area in which they worked for seventeen years - enjoying the proximity of the Kennet and Avon Canal for walking, easy cycling and opportunities for photography.
Patrick attended several RSCM courses as a treble and has sung in a choral group of some sort almost every year since he was six. He has always found singing to be a deeply enjoyable and satisfying experience whether it be Bach or Barbershop or the challenge of a South American jazz Mass. Singing proved to be a lifesaver during many years of teaching – including a number of enjoyable and memorable years at St Laurence School, Bradford on Avon where he first met the brilliantly talented duo of Steven Hollas and Mike Daniels.
Patrick is particularly pleased to be singing with Cantamus which he regards as a truly musical group of singers and one of the best choirs he has sung with.
Patrick joined the committee in April 2015.