Amici message January 26th

Cari Amici,

A very good rehearsal again this week. Glorious music in both works which we are approaching with typical Amici enthusiasm and expertise. Kerry will take the choruses forward over the next two weeks whilst I am absent. Additionally (if time) we will embark on no VII Selig sind die Toten and Since by Man came death, Messiah no 46 .
I look forward to taking up the baton again on Feb 21 with a reminder that there is NO rehearsal one Feb 14 (Ash Wednesday).

If you are reading this message and have not been able to be at a rehearsal for a variety of reasons, please will you ensure that you revise independently the choruses that we have worked on to date:

Brahms Requiem

  • no I Selig sind
  • no IV Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen

Handel Messiah

  • no 28 He Trusted in God
  • no 12 For unto us a child is born

The following fifteen choruses will be rehearsed for performance on December 9th 2018. Without exception they are demanding and need to be very well known to be able to deliver a memorable performance

  • Part 1 Nos 4, 7, 9, 12, 17, 21
  • Part 2 Nos 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 33, 44
  • Part 3 Nos 46, 53

I attach projected costs for both concerts to be given in Collyer Fergusson based on 400 ticket sales (max) at either £15 for £20. This may be useful in our deliberations with regard to fund raising.

Finally confirmation of the remaining spring time rehearsal dates.

  • January 31
  • February 7, 21, 28 (note not 14 Feb)
  • March 7, 14, 21
  • April 11, 18

All best wishes


and here is a message from Maggie:

Many thanks to everyone who came with the right money to collect scores yesterday.  We have sold out of Messiah but still have a number of the Brahms left.
Thanks again

Canterbury Cantata Trust AGM agenda and minutes

The next AGM for Canterbury Cantata Trust will be on Wednesday January 24th at St Paul's Church following a curtailed Amici rehearsal with the AGM starting at 7.15. All members welcome to attend. The agenda for the AGM can be viewed or printed by following this link, and the minutes of last year's AGM can be viewed here


Canterbury Cantata Trust AGM

The next AGM for CCT will be on Wed January 24t January at St Paul’s Church following a curtailed Amici rehearsal probably 7pm or 7.15 start – (precise time to be confirmed). All members welcome to attend and agenda to be circulated later.

Amici Rehearsal 15th November

Cari Amici

Over forty eight hours have elapsed since we realised the last notes of the Jenkins on Saturday. A truly memorable performance by a group of remarkable people in concert with an equally remarkable group of musicians which is Orchestra 2012. I was impressed and thrilled by your commitment and engagement, your attention to detail ( always facilitated in rehearsal by Christopher) and your immersion in the drama of both pieces. Our soloists added to the beauties and mysteries of the works and I am looking forward to collaborating with them all again very soon. Grazia tanto Amici!

On Wednesday we will rehearse together the choruses from Vivaldi Gloria ( as a bonus rehearsal for Leiden deputation!) , Oh How Lovely are Your Dwellings from Brahms German Requiem and ...........from Berlioz L'enfance du Christ.

If you do not have copies they are downloadable here;

German Requiem

p47/55 Initially before we decide on the edition we will use to sing from (in German) this is in English.

Berlioz (also in English)

p 11-20

All best wishes


Here are some photos of the concert on November 11th:

Canterbury Festival flash mob cancelled

Looking forward to the next rehearsal and still encouraging orchestral players sponsorship.

A message below from Ellen Pearson cancelling the flash mob event as part of Canterbury Festival opening.


Thank you so much for your continued commitment to the event – however unfortunately the flash mob is postponed due to a limited level of participation ! (Nothing to do with The Amici Chorus of course) and therefore the Amici Chorus needn’t learn the score at this moment – but I’m so thankful for the generosity of your members in volunteering to be part of the event.
Hopefully, Canterbury festival will be able to collaborate with Amici at a later date!
Many thanks again for your help and the welcoming nature of the singers in your ensemble,
Best wishes,
Ellen Pearson

Amici thank you messages from Kerry and Grenville

Dear Amici
thank you all for a wonderful concert last night – all three pieces came together brilliantly and your singing was truly inspirational. I am so grateful for your support, patience and good humour this term – it really is a joy working with you all.

Good luck with the Mozart and Jenkins – I am sure it will be a wonderful event.
with best wishes to you all



Cari Amici,
Every good wish for a wonderful concert this evening and so looking forward to our first rehearsal together in September.

An update on Amelia.
Delighted to report that she has been discharged from hospital and now in her new home in Staplehurst,adjusting to the new regime of medication prescribed by the wonderful team from Pembury, Tunbridge Wells Hospital. With careful attention to all that is around her ( pollen, perfumes, nuts et al) and with Epi pens at the ready, they expect that she will be able to be engaged with the community at large within a week or so. Great news after a very difficult three weeks, her recovery encouraged and helped by your very great support. Thank you!


The Canterbury Voices present the Joy Of Song

7pm Friday 14th July 2017
St Gregory's Centre for Music,
North Holmes Road,
Kent CT1 1QU
I will be directing the Voices and singing during the evening and there will be repertoire to suit every taste from Opera to folk song, Jake Thackray and even a tango!

If anyone is interested in coming along they can contact me direct.

best wishes

Kerry Boyle
07530 929821

The Beaney has just confirmed Singing on a Sunday tomorrow at the Beaney. It is 12-1pm tomorrow at the Beaney in Canterbury and we do informal, fun singing, free to all and all are welcome. A big variety of music and the lyrics will be provided.


Message from Kerry

Dear Amici

thank you for a wonderful rehearsal last night and for making me feel so very welcome. It really is a treat to be working with

you all again.

Well done with the Genee and Jenkins. I found this link which may be useful if you would like an opportunity to revise the Jenkins before next week's session. As agreed last night, we are working towards a performance on the 5th July (rehearsals from 5pm and concert at 6.30pm).

best wishes and see you soon


And here are a couple of dates for your diary:

Amici Chorus Summer Sing

Date 5th  July
start time 6.30pm
Venue -  St Paul's Church
Description of event:  concert event featuring the Karl Jenkins Te Deum and Genee's Italian Salad

Entry is free with a Retiring collection in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Concert with the Canterbury Ladies Choir and others

There will be a concert involving choirs from Reims and Paris along with Canterbury Ladies Choir, Canterbury Girls' Choir and The Canterbury Voices at St Thomas' Church Canterbury tomorrow 29th April from 7.30pm.

Entry is free and all are welcome.



Monday Music Summer 2017

Dear Monday Musicians,

Thank you again for your huge efforts on April 1/8th to bring to a wider audiences attention the fact that we feel better when we sing together!

I have to be away from Canterbury, largely in France over the next few weeks and am delighted that Phil Self, who you know well and is such a wonderful musician, will lead the sessions for a while.

We are in close contact and will be working together on developing a new collection of materials for use on Mondays.

Dates of sessions

Monday 24th April
Monday May 1,8,15,22
June 5,12,19,26
July 3,10,17

Have a great time together!

All best wishes