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Members' Update

February 2016


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Newsletter February 2016

Canterbury Cantata Trust.


week beginning September 21


All groups now back in action … a wonderful first rehearsal of the term with Amici last Wednesday 16th September, and energetic and uplifting workshops with Monday Music, Pimlico Skylarks and Canterbury Skylarks who have taken delivery of newly edited and collated song folders.


The first meeting of the Canterbury Cantata trustees took place on Monday evening. It was positive, encouraging and reassuring and pointed towards a very healthy future for the charity!


Amici meets tomorrow Wednesday 23rd when we will rehearse Sanctus /Hosannah  Mozart Mass in c minor. The chorus will be asked to sit in specific places to assure two choirs of equal proportion, (but not following Grenville’s 1/2 dividing of last week!).


Cantata will rehearse at 19.30 for its programme of Bach, Handel and Britten.


Canterbury Music Club first concert is on Thursday September 24

St Gregory’s Centre for Music

Jane Lindsay · cello

Jennifer Hughes · piano


Beethoven · Sonata in G minor, Op. 5

Schumann · Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Janáček · Pohádka

Saint-Saëns · Sonata in C minor, Op. 32


supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust's Recital Scheme


On Saturday 26th September Canterbury Winds Quintet  will perform Peter and the Wolf by Prokovief in the Beaney to launch the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015  exhibition, narrator Anne Hancox.

Canterbury Cantata Trust.


25 September 2015


Dear singers,


Thank you all for being such enthusiastic supporters of Canterbury Cantata Trust. Some members are already coming forward with sponsors for our concert which will be a great help with the costs associated with our performance. As Grenville mentioned we will officially launch the charity at the November concert at the Colyer Fergusson hall, but thought you might like to see the charitable aims which have been accepted as the principles of our work as a charity. They are as follows:


"To advance the education and training of amateur singers of all abilities by offering an opportunity for anyone to sing with others without an audition or former experience of choral singing, in particular but not exclusively for those with a disability to help relieve their condition."


Happy singing, everybody and look out for the Gift Aid forms which will be available shortly.


Best wishes,



Canterbury Cantata Trust News


10th November 2015


I am delighted to announce that Canterbury Cantata Trust has as its honorary patrons The Very Reverend Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral and the highly acclaimed opera singer Matthew Rose.


Canterbury Cantata will be singing as part of an illustrated lecture for U3A on Saturday morning 14th November and in the evening at St Stephen’s Church….Britten, Bach and Barker


Live Music Now! is supporting Pimlico Skylarks financing two musicians to play with the group on December 7th and 14th.


Female voice from Canterbury Cantata will perform at The Beaney, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols  at 15.45 December 5th (St Nicholas Day) with harpist Alex Rider and then at Crundale Church at 19.30.


Canterbury Cantata and orchestra will perform Handel Messiah at  St Eanswythe’s Church Folkestone, Sunday December 6th


Monday Music will sing at The Beaney at 11.00 on  December 7th.


Pimlico Skylarks will sing at the Thamesbank Centre with Thomas Hancox(flute) and Rachel Wick(harp) at 15.00 on December 14th


Canterbury Skylarks will sing at The Beaney at 15.00 on December 15th


Amici Singers and Cantata will sing a Christmas celebration on Wednesday 16th  including the premiere of Christopher Gower’s Love came down at Christmas.


Canterbury Skylarks will sing at Canterbury branch of  Parkinson’s UK carol service 15.00 St Dunstan’s Church .


Community Carol Singing for the Lady Mayoress’s charity, Christmas Eve, 18.30 Rose Lane. Canterbury Community, Canterbury Salvation Army band, St Stephen’s Church choir (director Stephen Barker) The Archbishop of Canterbury, conducted by Grenville Hancox


Canterbury Music Club

This Thursday November 10th; Alexandra Dariescu (piano) plays stunning recital Canterbury Music Club, St Gregory’s Centre 19.45


December 10th St Pauls Church, the highly acclaimed Marian Consort,Christmas with the Shepherds

Cantata Trust week beginning 1 February.


Amici rehearsal Wednesday 3rd

Basses sectional rehearsal 16.45 start. Chair and piano movers welcome at 16.30 for prompt start.  Tutti prompt start 17.30.


Monday Music

Wonderful  session this morning with 61 singers. Men singing particularly lustily with Day Trip to Bangor in homage to Fiddlers Dram. Monday Music will sing in the Beaney on March 21 (11.00)


Similarly Pimlico Skylarks (27) were in fine voice  and await confirmation of date to sing in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital as part  of the famous C&W Arts programme.


Canterbury Skylarks meets on Tuesday with nearly forty members forging the relationship with Simon Langton Boys School and preparing both to sing at gigs Beaney on April 5th and contributing to the Music and Well being conference to be held at SLBGS in July.


Cantata rehearses St John Passion on Wednesday 3rd and is well on schedule for the performance on March 20. Twenty eight  singers will take to the stage of Colyer Fergusson with a chamber orchestra and soloists from within the choir.


Finally details to follow about our new relationship with Aldeburgh Music and the University of Kent School of Music. Far reaching, impacting and exciting!



Canterbury Cantata Trust                                          March 5th, 2016




The International Opera Awards are pleased to announce the shortlist for this year’s Awards. These were selected by the jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph.


Matthew Rose: Arias for Benucci, Hyperion has been nominated in the CD operatic recital category.


Congratulations to our patron of Canterbury Cantata Trust for his nomination in the prestigious International Opera Awards, very well deserved!


Fantastic news.



Canterbury Cantata Trust                                          March 10th, 2016


Many thanks to all the lovely friends and supporters of Canterbury Cantata Trust who came along last Saturday and helped to make the wine tasting evening such a success. We received generous donations of delicious Pol Roger Champagne and Tokaji wines amongst others, and so were able to raise the magnificent sum of £536 for trust funds. Santé!



                                        April 4th, 2016


Dear all.


You are invited to come and listen to Canterbury Skylarks presenting a workshop in the Beaney at 15.00 Tuesday April 5. We will demonstrate being loud, outrageous and harmonious! and will amongst other repertoire give the first public performance of Michael MacDonald's song Nothing's Automatic Anymore.


Please do support these wonderful people if you are able to do so.


All best wishes



Please see our Events/Coming soon page for information about two musical events:


A Festival of Ideas - Questions of Space on the 20/21 June,  part of which is the  Resounding Voices concert and workshop.


The Langton Festival of Music and Health 2016 on the 4/5/6 July.

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