2015 looks set to be an exciting year for the choir.
Fantastically they have reached the semi-final of the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year for the third year in a row.
For some of the girls this will be their fourth appearance on the show; for others their first but they will all be very thankful for the time and encouragement given by Mrs Williamson, Mr Lane and Mrs Cuthbert to help them achieve this.
The semi-final and finals for the Junior and Senior Choirs will be filmed in Nottingham in March this year and details for free tickets will be published on the BBC website in due course.
In 2015 they would love to replicate their 2014 feat in helping to raise thousands of pounds for local charities at their Concerts at Christchurch in Malvern for ARCOS SMILE and the Military Charities Concert (ABF, TRBLand SSAFA) at Hereford Cathedral with the The British Police Symphony Orchestra. A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make these events such a success.
They are looking forward to sharing the discovery of unfamiliar as well as familiar favourites with their audiences this year. Christmas showed exactly how hard existing and new members have been working to consolidate and extend their already significant repertoire so their audiences will be in for a treat.
Dates to put in your diary for 2015 so far include:
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 email@example.com
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.
Jo Williamson and Cantabile Rehearsing in St John’s
Cantabile putting Jo’s advice into action at St John’s
The Girls walking onto the Pavilion stage for their first competition of the day
Great reaction to their performance of Bobby Shaftoe
Relaxing after their performances
Loving the sunshine and keeping their fingers crossed …
Enjoying the Eisteddfod
This is sadly the last Eisteddfod with Cantabile for the fab four …
All the girls together outside the Pavilion
Jo gives the girls a pep talk
Nervously waiting for the adjudication in the Pavilion
Cantabile join the other prizewinning choirs on the stage
Jo and the Cantabile girls enjoying their well-earned success on the stage
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’.
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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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