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Excerpts from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols – just one of the treats in store …

Thought those of you thinking about whether to come along on the 5 December might like to hear Cantabile singing excerpts from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols last year … enjoy!

 

Autumnal October is busier than ever for Cantabile!

For Cantabile supporters old and new October promises to be a delicious treat.

Beautiful St Deinst Church in Llangarron is hosting a concert 6:30 for 7pm on the 10th October 2014 (yes, this Friday). Those  braving the predicted squally weather will be treated to performances from Cantabile and the HCS Senior Wind Quintet. Tickets must be bought in advance from either the HCS Music School in Hereford or contact Rachel Hitchen 01989 770590 hello@llangarron.info

Photo: We are looking forward to welcoming your talented musicians to Llangarron on Friday 10 October for a concert.  We have a lovely venue which combines our beautiful old church St Dienst and a brand new centre which has recently been developed from an adjacent aisle.  We will be serving wine and snacks and would love it if you could join us.  See poster below for details.  Tickets can be bought via school.  Thank you

On Thursday 16th October at 7:00pm join Cantabile at Christchurch, Malvern to raise funds for ARCOS a brilliant local charity and their SMILE project. Tickets and more information are available from ARCOS.

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Cantabile’s Autumn singing engagements culminate with Hereford’s own answer to the ‘Proms’ on the 18th October. The Military Charities ‘Proms’ starts at 7:30pm with Cantabile and the fabulous British Police Symphony Orchestra promising to make it a memorable evening for all involved. Tickets can be bought at the Cathedral Shop and also the Outback in Church Street.

Exciting journey to the European Choir Games begins!

Singing for shoppers was the first of Cantabile’s efforts to raise funds so that they could take part in the European Choir Games in Magdeburg in 2015. However practicalities mean they have now set their sights on the 2016 Games so they have more time to raise the funds needed.

On Saturday members of the Choir, with Mrs Williamson, made their own contribution to the Flower Festival and h-art events in Herefordshire to sing for visitors to Hereford’s ‘Independent Quarter’ in Church Street. They also sang in the main square in the afternoon courtesy of Marks and Spencers.

They are looking for sponsors who would be happy to give dedicated and talented young singers the exciting opportunity to participate in a European choral tour and competition. Can you help?

If you want to know more please don’t hesitate to contact Melanie Cuthbert or Jo Williamson through the Hereford Cathedral School or by emailing mjcuth@herefordcs.com.

 

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Jo Williamson and Cantabile Rehearsing in St John’s

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Cantabile putting Jo’s advice into action at St John’s

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The Girls walking onto the Pavilion stage for their first competition of the day

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Great reaction to their performance of Bobby Shaftoe

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Relaxing after their performances

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Loving the sunshine and keeping their fingers crossed …

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Enjoying the Eisteddfod

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This is sadly the last Eisteddfod with Cantabile for the fab four …

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All the girls together outside the Pavilion

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Jo gives the girls a pep talk

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Nervously waiting for the adjudication in the Pavilion

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Cantabile join the other prizewinning choirs on the stage

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Jo and the Cantabile girls enjoying their well-earned success on the stage

Cantabile and the 2014 Llangollen Eisteddfod

Cantabile Girls Choir at Llangollen 2014

Cantabile sing in the Children’s Folk Choir

Jo Williamson’s preparations for the Eisteddfod this year followed their usual precise course aided by the newest member of the team from Hereford Cathedral Schools’s Music department, Mrs Cuthbert, joining forces with Mr Lane our accompaniest.

The choir’s hard work was almost scuppered by a contagion of summer colds which left Jess Price, the lead soloist in ‘I got a Robe’, taking a hit for the team and withdrawing from her vocal solo competition to save her voice for the choir entries. Our other two soloists were Rachel Roper in ‘O Waly Waly’ and Charlotte Pawley in ‘A Bunch of Thyme’.

Although no choir to date has won three years in a row, Cantabile gave it their all and despite the strength of the competition won third place in the Children’s Folk Choir. They gained the third highest mark across the three Children’s choir classes for their renditions of ‘A Bunch of Thyme’ and ‘Bobby Shaftoe’.

The welsh choir Côr Heol-y-March , who Cantabile just pipped to 6th place in the Senior Children’s Choir competition, won Choir of the World. The Russian Krasnoyarsk City Children’s Choir in the Children’s Folk Choir competition was spectacular to watch.

You can enjoy all the entries at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod website on Llangollen.tv and have fun seeing if you agree with the judges who had some tough choices! You can also glimpse edited clips on the welsh television channel S4/C.

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Military Charities Concert at Hereford Cathedral with the British Police Symphony Orchestra

First World War Centenary - Herefordshire

Cantabile are delighted to be taking part in the Military Charities Concert on the 18th October 2014 at Hereford Cathedral.  The concert is part of a programme of events nationally commemorating the centenary of the First World War. It will feature the British Police Symphony Orchestra conducted by Richard Jenkinson.

In Herefordshire, the Lord-Lieutenant has set up The First World War Commemoration Committee (FWCC) to think about what could be done locally and devise an outline programme of events.

For further information about Herefordshire’s First World War Centenary commemorations contact the FWCC at:

Cantabile concert to support SMILE – hosted by Christ Church in Malvern

Cantabile are singing at Christ Church in Malvern on the 16th October 2014 to support the local ARCOS charity . All proceeds will go to help with their SMILE project which received pump priming support from Children in Need.

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SMILE (Sensation Movement Interaction in Life Experiences) is based at the ARCOS Therapy Centre in Malvern. It is a stay and play facility that encourages parents to play and learn alongside their children with the help and support of fully trained experienced staff. This approach to sensory, family learning helps to create a supportive atmosphere for all the family to enjoy.

Tickets £12 to include a glass of something,

Under 16s free.

Come and help them raise as much as possible for this fantastic project.

Cantabile didn’t win but we didn’t lose either! As we congratulate our fellow finalists on a hard fought choral battle,  we can be consoled by the truly lovely comments from the Judges  Suzi Digby, Gareth Malone and Laura Mvula that recognised the quality of the singing from the Cantabile girls (and also the beautiful runners up trophy).

Listen to the performances on BBC iplayer and hopefully you will hear both the love and enthusiasm they have for choral singing as well as their technical brilliance which the Judges clearly felt singled them out and provided those ‘Magical Moments’.  Jess Price sang the beautiful solo which anchored their second hymn ‘I Got a Robe’.

Jess Price sings her solo in I Got a Robe in the Final of School Choir of the Year 2014

Jess Price sings her solo in I Got a Robe in the Final of School Choir of the Year 2014

Now the exam season is upon us, their next performance as a Choir will be at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod where they get to show a different repertoire. However choir members Serena Linley-Adams and Charlotte Pawley will also be singing in the Under 18s vocal solo competition this year with Jess Price singing in the 18 and over vocal solo competition.

Now the Judges will decide who gets the 2014 trophy …

School Choir of the Year 2014 3/3

The final episode of three will reveal who gets the coveted Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year trophy in 2014. It is going out slightly later than the other two episodes at 17:45 on BBC One. The BBC clip gives a flavour of the treats in store for us.

Laura Mvula and Gavin Malone share their love of singing with us in a special performance