Previous events

Star of Wonder with Cantamus Chamber Choir

Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon

Cantamus Chamber Choir are delighted to bring you a festive concert including works by Dove, Macmillan, Gjielo and Dubra. Licensed bar open from 6.30pm. Tickets are £ 15.00 Adults/£ 5.00 Students & U18s. Available from Wiltshire Music Centre 01225 860100/www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk

Cantamus on Tour! Ljubljana

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Ljubljana, Slovenia

For their second trip abroad, Cantamus will be enjoying the sights and sounds of Ljubljana, beautifully set in the Julian Alps.

May11

Poles Apart: Cantamus Chamber Choir

Saint Nicholas Church, Winsley

Join us for our next concert at St. Nicholas Church, Winsley for stunning music from Poland, Hungary, Norway and Wales.

Conductor - Mike Daniels Organ - Steven Hollas

The Latin Mass in Db by Polish composer Moniuszko is a nineteenth century gem full of fabulous tunes. Fellow Pole, Gorecki is a well known conpemporary composer of beautiful choral music. Here we perform his sublime Totus Tuus. Paul Mealor famously wrote 'Wherever you are' for the Military Wives Choir. His piece She Walks in Beauty is simply gorgeous. Kodaly's awesome Laudes Organi and Northern Lights by Norwegian Ola Gjeilo complete the rest of this enticing programme.

Tickets £8 (including complimentary refreshment) from Bradford on Avon TIC, 01225 865797 or on the door.

Mar23

AN ENGLISH CELEBRATION Joint Concert: Cantamus Chamber Choir & Canzona with Bristol Brass Consort

Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon

Join Cantamus Chamber Choir and CanZona for an evening of English choral music at Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon.

Our two previous joint concerts have been a feast of choral entertainment.

Bob Chilcott - Requiem, a devine setting full of ethereal tunes Parry I Was Glad- with brass and Songs of Farewell Vaughan WiIlliams' exuberant O Clap your Hands

Plus Britten, Paul Mealor and Will Todd's beautiful anthem 'The Rose' and music from Bristol Brass Consort.

Conductors - Mike Daniels and David Bishop

Tickets on the door of from the TIC

Nov11

Autumn Blues: Will Todd's Mass in Blue

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon

Cantamus Chamber Choir with the Nick Malcolm Jazz Quintet and the Eberle String Quartet

A very exciting concert for this autumn. Will Todd's Mass in Blue has been wowing audiences around the world with a setting of the mass with an infectious mix of jazz and blues.

Soprano Lorna James (pictured below) has just been confirmed as soloist for this concert on the strength of a performance in Warwick recently. She is a rising star in the world of opera having performed with Opera North but showed a fabulous versatility gliding effortlessly above the choir and orchestra around Will Todd's wonderfully idiomatic writing.

The rest of the concert will feature the Nick Malcolm Jazz Quintet - the most exciting of Bristol's jazz musicians - performing their own work and Themes from French Cinema by Dominic Alldis with Simon Marsh on soprano and tenor saxophone plus the Eberle String Quartet. Expect high quality jazz and beautiful arrangements.

STOP PRESS!! IAIN BALLAMY GUEST SAXOPHONE

Iain will be playing 4 Themes from French Cinema, arranged by Dominic Aldiss including Autumn Leaves, Dance with Me, under Paris skies and What's the weather like in Paris. The strings and piano trio accompaniments are utterly delightful to complement the internationally renowned skills of Iain Ballamy.

Tickets £15 and £10 for Under 18s and students

BOOK NOW http://www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk Or phone 01225 860100

May7

Spring Concert featuring Faure's Requiem

Saint Nicholas Church, Winsley

Radiant choral music to lift the soul Our Spring concert features French, English and Scottish choral music to lift the soul. Faure’s beautiful Requiem will include soloists Melanie Page and Simon Young accompanied by organist Steven Hollas. The programme will also include Durufle's motets based on Gregorian Chants, two mesmerising pieces by Scottish composer James Macmillan; A New Dawn and O Radiant Dawn and a new setting of Come Sleep by Daniel Brinsmead, which won the Abbey Road new Anthem competition and was recorded by the Eric Whitacre Singers.

Tickets £8 (including refreshments) from Bradford on Avon TIC on 01225 865797 or on the door

Mar24

Salisbury Vespers & Requiem in Blue

Bath Abbey, Bath

Come and listen to us in the splendid surroundings of Bath Abbey in an ambitious concert in collaboration with St. Laurence School, Bath Camerata, Nigel Perrin and a brass group selected from local professionals and gifted youngsters from Wiltshire.

Salisbury Vespers by Bob Chilcott will be performed by 5 choirs, brass ensemble led by Mike Daniels, percussion and organist Marcus Sealy conducted by ex King's Singer Nigel Perrin.

Harvey Brough's Requiem in Blue was performed by us in the Wiltshire Music Centre in a memorable concert nearly ten years ago. It features an infectious mix of folk, jazz and traditional choral writing by Harvey Brough of 'Harvey and Wall Bangers' fame.

Tickets available from St. Laurence School on 01225 309500

Dec20

Christmas Concert

St Michael and All Angels, Melksham

An evening of music, seasonal readings and carols to warm the heart and soul, mulled wine and mince pies should warm the rest! Bach, Handel, Rutter and Christmas favourites including carols for all to sing.

Conducted by Mike Daniels with Gary Cook on the organ.

Tickets £8 from Anton's Shop, Little Brook Centre, Melksham or from Gary and Sue Cook 01225 340405 or on the door.

Remembrance Sunday Concert: Cantamus Chamber Choir & Bradford Baroque Band

Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon

Alicia Carrollsoprano Peter Kirktenor Greg Skidmorebaritone Michael DanielsConductor J.S Bach:Two Cantatas: Wachet auf! BWV 140; Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen BWV 56; Motet O Jesu Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht BWV 118 Handel:Chandos Anthem No 9, O Praise the Lord

This winning local team celebrates a glorious selection of English and German Baroque vocal music to mark Remembrance Sunday. Popularly known as Sleepers Wake, Bach's wonderful Wachet auf! for soloists, chorus and orchestra is among his best loved cantatas. Equally exquisite is his motet O Jesu Christ, mein's Lebens Licht, a serene chorus with sumptuous instrumental accompaniment. The inspired final 4 part chorale in Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen expresses joy in redemption and this gorgeous programme concludes with Handel's Chandos Anthem O Praise the Lord. An evening to lift the soul.

BOOK NOW http://www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk Or phone 01225 860100

May7

A Spring Concert with Trinity Choir

Saint Nicholas Church, Winsley

A spring concert with something for everyone.

Kodaly's amazing Missa Brevis accompanied on organ by Steven Hollas Brahms' gorgeous How lovely is thy dwelling place from his Requiem John Rutter, Childhood Lyrics to lighten the mood.

Also Bella Finch's Trinity Choir will be presenting a selection of songs which will be fabulously prepared and beautifully performed.

Tickets: £8 from Bradford on Avon TIC 01225 865797 or on the door

Mar23

Zimbe featuring Rob Brian, Jason Rebello, Alexander L'Estrange & Kevin Poplett

Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon

Wiltshire Music Centre: www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk

Cantamus joins forces with St. Laurence School and several primary schools for two performances of Zimbe.

This exciting setting of traditional african and gospel songs will be accompanied by the extraordinarily talented Jason Rebello on piano and the composer Alexander L'Estrange on bass with Rob Brian on drums and local saxophone player Kevin Poplett.

An exhilarating evening it will be.

Nov20

Sing a Merry Madrigal with Adam's Apple Jazz Trio

Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon

Mike Daniels conductor, Adam Biggs piano, Ben Groenevelt double bass, Robert Brian drums

‘Sing a Merry Madrigal’

George Shearing: Songs and Sonnets Adam’s Apple: Hymns for jazz trio and some Bard related quartet pieces with trumpet John Rutter: Birthday Madrigals

In their deliciously attractive and varied programme, Cantamus Chamber Choir collaborate with Adam’s Apple in two masterfully arranged collections of Shakespeare sonnets and madrigals with a subtly cultured jazz twist. Shearing’s inimitable style shines through in Songs and Sonnets with a rollicking Hey, ho the wind and the rain, and it was for his 75th birthday that Rutter composed the Birthday Madrigals including a gorgeous Draw on, Sweet Night. Adam’s Apple take traditional hymns and transform them into modern Jazz pieces...‘Like to the lark...sings hymns at heaven's gate’. An English feast to rekindle the memory of spring!

BOOK NOW http://www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk Or phone 01225 860100

Mar20

Joint Concert: Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre

Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon

Cantamus and Canzona once again join forces for a concert at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 20th March.

Puccini - Messa di Gloria Barber - Agnus Dei Rutter - Winchester Te Deum

Conductors Mike Daniels and Richard Gabe both take up the baton joined by a brass quintet led by trumpeter Mike Daniels.

Cantamus will also be singing Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre.

Tickets £10 from 01225 8690984 or on the door to include refreshments at the interval

Nov8

Mozart: Vesperae Solennes de Confessore; Horn Concerto No 4; Coronation Mass in C

Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon

Cheryl Enever soprano, Stephen Macallister horn, Michael Daniels conductor

Book Now! Mozart: Vesperae Solennes de Confessore; Horn Concerto No 4; Coronation Mass in C

With an all-Mozart evening for Remembrance Sunday, Cantamus Chamber Choir return celebrating ten years with their conductor. The Vespers feature the beautiful soprano solo Laudate Dominum and stunning Stephen Macallister plays one of the most popular horn concertos. A top class line up of soloists and the addition of trombones and trumpets in the glorious Coronation Mass complete this sumptuous feast. ‘moving and beautiful interpretation’ ‘delivered with punch and relish by the choir’ Wiltshire Times Tickets: £16.00 Under 18s: £10.00 Students: £10.00

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm free to all ticket holders

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Concert Reviews

What Sweeter Music, December 2018

I know full well that Cantamus is a very good choir, but having heard you last night from the other side, I now appreciate just how VERY good it is. 

A stunning sound, with really tight, well-disciplined ensemble singing, much dynamic contrast - it was a terrific performance of a challenging, varied programme and, appropriately, extremely well-received by the audience.
BERNARD WIGHT

St John Passion with the English Touring Opera, October 2016

English Touring Opera’s latest presentation is Bach’s St John Passion, but their approach is not operatic in the sense of staging the work with the trappings of costume and props. Neither is it touring in the conventional way of a production doing the rounds. Rather, ETO’s soloists and regular accompanists, the Old Street Band, are working at each venue with choruses from within that community, in a natural extension of the company’s outreach and education programme. 

The impact of the opening chorus Herr, unser Herrscher, delivered by the joint forces of the Cantamus Chamber Choir, the Wiltshire Music Centre Chorus and choristers from St Laurence School with a considerable body of sound, was testimony enough to a worthy endeavour. 

ETO’s most imaginative and radical intervention has been commissioning new English translations of the words of the Bach chorales, each from a different writer and embracing a wide range of beliefs. It underlines very strongly a basic principle of Bach’s structuring of the passion, where the communal voices of the Leipzig community would have joined in the periodic choral commentary and corporate affirmation. Thus John McCarthy’s experience as a hostage in Beirut brings a particular force to the chorale that focuses on Christ’s capture, and the vehemence with which the voices articulated Giles Fraser’s words “Drenched in spit and mockery” adds a vivid contemporary resonance.
RIAN EVANS - THE GUARDIAN

Bach Advent Cantatas with the English Touring Opera, October 2014

So many elements combined to make this one of the most divine enterprises of English Touring Opera’s outstanding season.

And what an incredible mixture of talents it was, from the ebullient conducting of the highly disciplined Cantamus Chamber Choir by Jonathan Peter Kenny, through four outstanding soloists, to The Old Street Band playing period instruments it was truly an evening to remember.

Kenny’s crafting of Bach’s chorales, seemingly almost woven by his hands, brought out the intrinsic sinews of heavenly harmony. Baritone Grant Doyle’s singing of the famous aria with only pizzicato accompaniment was surreal, and underpinning much of the solo work was the sympathetic continuo work of cellist Kinga Gaborjani.

Cantamus director of music, Michael Daniels played the trumpet in Cantata BWV 147 with his usual aplomb, and not one split note from his Bach trumpet, a most difficult instrument.

As much as anything, it was the human touch that gave the performance another dimension: the cameo of oboist Leo Duarte telling the story of his prized instruments and, joy of joys, the audience practising and eventually singing – in English, of course – the choral movement Jesu, joy of man’s desiring.
REG BURNARD - WILTSHIRE TIMES

Petite Messe Solenelle, November 2013

It's never been my luck previously to review Cantamus, a compact chamber choir under the hand of Mike Daniels, a jovial musician of diverse genres.

Truly my misfortune, for in this concert of Rossini’s “poor little mass... the final sin of my old age” (the composer’s words) there was so much of which they can be mightily proud.

Daniels worked them hard: They didn’t just sing the notes; they poured their hearts into a performance that captured the operatic opulence of a work that is almost a caricature. They are well schooled and their discipline is admirable. How refreshing, these days, to see 30-odd singers able to sit and stand without shuffling, fidgeting and flapping about. That is so important.

Their tone held through a lot of singing, their attack was incisive and their counterpoint un-muddied: but, like most choirs these days, they do need more basses for those that they have sounded, accurate as they may be, at times like a thin red line.

This mass needs piano and harmonium and Stephen Cooke (harmonium) and the redoubtable, unflappable Steven Hollas, on piano, laid a perfectly balanced and sure bedrock.

The soloists, Cheryl Enever (soprano), Jeanette Ager (mezzo), Paul Badley (tenor) and Colin Campbell (bass), all added the icing on an early Christmas treat – surely a tasty aperitif for the choir’s next offering, carols, Christmas music, readings (and mulled wine) at Christ Church, Worton, on December 18.
REG BURNARD