O Sing Unto The Lord A New Song – Northleach March 1 & Tetbury March 8, 2014

O Sing Unto The Lord

Sing Unto The Lord A New Song

Northleach Parish Church Saturday 1st March 2014

Tetbury Parish Church, Saturday 8th March 2014

With Robin Baggs – organ

Conducted by John Holloway

Here is the complete programme:

  • Purcell – O Sing Unto The Lord
  • Lotti – Crucifixus
  • Mozart – Church Sonata  K336
  • Purcell – My Heart is Inditing
  • Blow – I Beheld, And Lo, A Great Multitude
  • Caldara – Crucifixus
  • Purcell – Chaccone in G minor
  • Purcell – Jehova Quam Multi Sunt Hostes Mei
  • Handel – Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened

Buy tickets online or on the door. Also available at Northleach and Tetbury Tourist Information Offices or from Lorna on 01242 603988.

“An excellent, coherent programme”

Thank you to everyone who came to hear us in Cirencester Parish Church last night, and for all the kind comments. A special mention must go to Alexander Aldren, an extremely talented tenor who sang the solo of Leighton’s ‘Crucifixus Pro Nobis’ so beautifully! And thank you David Whitehead for the excellent accompaniment and organ recitals as always.

Thanks also to Doug Watt, for this great review pasted in below. For anyone who missed us, we’re performing the same programme at Holy Apostles, Cheltenham, on 30th November 2013.


Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice – Cantores Chamber Choir at Cirencester Parish Church

16 November, 2013

On Saturday, Cantores returned to their spiritual home of Cirencester Parish Church for a programme of sacred music built around atonement. They were joined by David Whitehead at the organ and the remarkable young tenor, Alexander Aldren, substituting for an indisposed Christopher Lombard.

The earliest pieces were Parry’s ‘Songs of Farewell’ where the choir’s confident and full sound was best suited to the exacting acoustic. In Gorecki’s ‘Totus Tuus’ some fine dynamics hinted at a close musical understanding of this Marian hymn but Leighton’s ‘Crucifixus Pro Nobis’ was the signature set of the evening, speaking to the sacred, Anglican choral tradition which underpins this group. It was here that Alexander Aldren gave an assured and controlled lead in difficult solos, showing a technique and reading beyond his youth.

It was appropriate that the choir also gave Sir John Tavener’s ‘The Lamb’ in this week of his passing, surely a piece which we will hear many times this Christmas. In Lukaszewski’s ‘Lenten Motets’ the top voices produced some bell-like sounds to display this choir’s growing abilities. The main piece of the concert, FInzi’s ‘Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice’ challenged individual pairs and trios with its exposed, idiosyncratic phrases and this precise choir coped well with that.

David Whitehead gave us Leighton’s ‘Paean’ and Howell’s ‘Psalm Prelude’, the latter showcasing the range of this organ’s fine stops. John Holloway created an excellent, coherent programme, integrated in style, content and execution.

Doug Watt

Lo, The Full, Final Sacrifice


Finzi’s masterpiece sung by Cantores Chamber Choir

Here are two dates for your diary! Cantores will be returning Cheltenham and Cirencester this autumn, performing a mixture of stunning twentieth century masterpieces and some old favourites:

  • Leighton – Crucifixus Pro Nobis
  • Parry – Songs of Farewell
  • Lauridsen – O magnum mysterium

Don’t miss us at:

Cirencester Parish Church: Saturday 16th November 2013 7.30pm

Holy Apostles, Cheltenham: Saturday 30th November 2013 7.30pm

Buy tickets: Online at www.cantores.net

Or at the door. Also available at Cirencester and Cheltenham Tourist Information Offices. Or call Lorna on 01242 603988

Two rarely heard masterpieces. One concert not to be missed.


This November, Cantores Chamber Choir are giving lovers of choral song the chance to hear rarely heard works by two masters of English composition, Gerald Finzi (left) and Kenneth Leighton (right).

“It’s often said that the worst poems make the best songs,” says Cantores’ Musical Director John Holloway. “But Finzi was a genius for choosing wonderful texts and setting them in a masterful way.” Lo, The Full Final Sacrifice takes the powerful metaphysical imagery of Richard Crashaw, John Donne and Thomas Traherne and transforms them into a spellbinding piece of music.

Kenneth Leighton was a protégé of Finzi’s. He was very aware of the radical musical departures taking place on mainland Europe, and wrote his masterpiece ‘Crucifix pro Nobis’ in 1961. The final, unaccompanied setting of the seventeenth century poem ‘Drop, drop slow tears’ is a staggeringly powerful piece after the torment and tumult of the first three movements.

Cantores are performing the pieces on:
Saturday 16th November, 7.30pm at Cirencester Parish Church and
Saturday 30th November, 7.30pm at Holy Apostles, Cheltenham.
To book your tickets, call 07721 377936 or book online.

Cantores enjoying the one day of summer


We’re lucky to have the beautiful setting of Rendcomb as the backdrop to our rehearsals, but we rarely get the chance to get out and about and explore. Too busy singing – and the weather doesn’t help. But here you see us on an all-too-rare sunny evening.

Don’t miss our next concert programme – ‘The Full Final Sacrifice’ contains some real choral delights. We’re enjoying the rehearsals, and hope you’ll enjoy the performance too.

‘Masterful performance’

We’re delighted with the feedback we’ve been getting from our latest concerts, ‘Pastyme with Good Companye.’ Thank you to everyone who came to see us at Northleach and Tetbury, and to the kind comments from so many of you.

It seems that the name Erik Esenvalds is one to look out for – his pieces were particularly popular. Singing while playing bells, flutes and even tuned wine glasses certainly raised our game! The pieces were extremely atmospheric in both churches, and Esenvalds’ long lingering chord at the end of ‘Stars’ was a spell-binding moment for choir and audience alike.

Pastime with Good Company – Northleach May 18 & Tetbury June 8, 2013


Northleach Parish Church Saturday May 18th, Tetbury Parish Church, Saturday June 8th 2013.

There is no such thing as a celebration without an accompaniment of appropriate music; births, marriages and deaths all demand the enrichment of music and the addition of music to any gathering turns it into a party.

In our summer programme for 2013, Cantores rejoiced at the wedding of Orpheus and Eurydice with Monteverdi.

We partied on at the carnival with Adriano Banchieri, take dinner with Samuel Pepys and Henry Purcell and danced the night away to pipe and tabor or sophisticated jazz rhythms. Continue reading


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