Rossini - Petite Messe Solennelle
St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury 3rd April 2014
"Inspirational direction by Grenville Hancox, produced uplifting, committed and passionate singing by Chorus & Soloists alike with accompaniment by piano & harmonium of the highest standard. Another fabulous performance by Amici".
Cantata Choir Update Wednesday February 26th
Cantata were honoured to be asked to sing at the memorial service held in Saturday 22 February for Dr Michael Berry, Principal of Canterbury Christ Church College 1975-1997. Nineteen singers performed Weelkes ' Hosannah to the Son of David' , Tavener, ' The Lamb', Finzi ' My Spirit Sang all day', Parry ' I was Glad' and Chilcott ' Irish Blessing'. Michael Berry was instrumental in ensuring the success and development of what is now Canterbury Christ Church University and supporting music as a central element in the academic and communal life of the institution. Working alongside Micahel Berry, Grenville built a very large music department , establishing many ensembles, encouraging community engagement , developing an extensive weekly performance programme and installing the Maggini String Quartet as quartet in residence, now the longest established residency in the U.K. academic scene.
His family wrote after the service,
Please accept our thanks for your absolutely first rate performance on Saturday.
It meant so much to us - and especially to my Mum who had been to so many of the Congregations - to have you at the centre piece of Dad's memorial, singing those anthems which he enjoyed so very much. He loved choral music and would often hum the tune to 'I Was Glad'. I'm sure he would have thought it was a fantastic send off!
With our thanks and best wishes,
Le Petite Messe Solennelle
Tickets £10 (Concessions £5)
Available from Crowthers
01227 763 965
Director: Grenville Hancox
Genevieve Hamilton - Soprano
Emily Renshaw - Alto
Edward Hughes - Tenor
Alistair Bamford - Bass
Christopher Gower -Harmonium
Jamie Rogers - Piano
Canterbury Cantata Trust
Thursday 3 April 7.30pm
St Peter’s Methodist Church
Canterbury Cantata at Canterbury Cathedral on Friday May 9th at 7pm. For more details go to Events page.