Choir

Registered Charity No 1055674

Cantores is one of the Cotswolds’ most accomplished amateur chamber choirs.

We were founded in 1991 by local choral enthusiasts keen to take the step up beyond choral society and church choir, and aspiring (although with humble realism) to the standards and repertoire of The Sixteen, for example, or the Monteverdi Choir.

Over the last a quarter of a century  we have gained a loyal and growing following, performing music that is challenging and enjoyable, combining familiar favourites with works that are relatively new or not often performed.

We usually perform six or so concerts a year, one of them a cappella and two with the accompaniment of either organ or the Cantores String Ensemble drawn from local professional musicians.

Timed for early Spring, mid-Summer and early Winter, our most regular venue is Cirencester’s Parish Church with its glorious newly-restored organ and acoustics, but we perform also in a number of the region’s other lovely local churches in Northleach, Highnam, Malmesbury, Prestbury, Holy Apostles (Cheltenham), and elsewhere

Our members come mainly from Cirencester, Cheltenham, Swindon and places in between, and we rehearse on Wednesdays in term time, at Rendcomb College (on the A435 between Cheltenham and Cirencester) from 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

Prospective members are invited to join us for a couple of rehearsals and then there is an informal audition. A reasonable level of sight-reading ability is expected.