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Amici – Welcome to new singing year

January 15th 2016

Cari Amici, 

A new singing year underway this week, every Canterbury Cantata Trust group in fine form. Sixty four Monday Music singers made their aural mark on Monday morning attracting three people to drop into St Paul’s to see what was going on. New members from New Romney, Folkestone and Herne Bay welcomed into the fold.

Pimlico Skylarks met on Monday and Canterbury Skylarks on Tuesday defying heavy rain and windy conditions and again welcoming new members. The Sounds Beaney December outings of Monday Music and Skylarks sparked interest from new singers and we look forward to being back in the Beaney soon. At Pimlico, Kevin our resident poet, read his tribute to the late Jane D’Angelo a founder member of Pimlico Skylarks. His touching work will appear on the website soon.

 Amici similarly welcomed new members into what now feels like a choral family…102 present at Wednesday’s inaugural sortie into the music of Bernstein and Parry. Next week we will have the final page of the Parry(!) and also copies of the next new piece,Lauridsen O Nata Lux. A very exciting rehearsal and testament to Amici’s willingness to test and experience new waters.

Following the Amici rehearsal Cantata began work on Bach St John Passion, which must be one of the greatest artistic creations known to man. The chamber group will only be circa twenty eight singers joined by a group of young soloists for the performance in Colyer Fergusson Hall on March 20.We are delighted to be working with David Rees Williams and Julia Vohralick ( cello) as the continuo.  

In the week that saw the world mourn the passing of David Bowie we are reminded  of the centrality and power of singing in most people’s lives, something we know and demonstrate each and every week but without global media coverage.

 Advanced notice:

Roshna Ahmad will be leading a wine tasting evening on Saturday March 5 th in St Paul’s Church Hall. Maximum numbers limited to 40 with tickets on sale at £15. 

Looking forward to next week.



If you had problems downloading the Gift Aid form, Ben has changed the way this is handled on the web site.  Go to the Amici page and try again.

 There will be a candle lit concert with the Langton Boys’ Chamber Choir at St Dustan’s church this Saturday.  Details on the web site events page.

Amici – Happy new year

January 5th 2016

Buon anno Amici ! 

A very  happy new year Amici. I look forward with anticipation and delight to the first rehearsal of this term on Wednesday January 13 at 17.30 when we will begin to learn amongst other works, Bernstein Chichester Psalms.  This will form part of the repertoire for performance between 2016 to  2018. Other works; O Nata Lux Lauridsen, Cantique de Jean Racine Faure; Bach Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage from the Christmas Oratorio, Bach St Matthew Passion, Jenkins The Armed Man.

 Rehearsal /performance dates:

January 13,20,27
February 3,10,24
March 2,9,16,23 (performance)

Diary dates: 

Wednesday 23 March 2016 Easter Celebration 

Wednesday 21 December 2016 Christmas Celebration (Bach et al)

January 21 2017 Canterbury Cantata Trust Celebration, Colyer Fergusson Hall (Amici, Monday Music, Cantata, Canterbury and Pimlico Skylarks)

Sunday 9th April 2017   Colyer Fergusson Hall, Bach St Matthew Passion

Saturday November 10 2018 The Armed Man (venue to be confirmed)

Date not to be missed:

Cantata Choir and Camerata
Bach St.John Passion
Colyer Fergusson Hall 

17.00  March 20 2016


Amici rehearsal news

Saturday December 5th

Cari Amici,

It is  a delight to work with you as a great choir and such a lovely group of people! The sound we are producing is enticing, warm, focussed, the engagement with text absolute. I am very much looking forward to our next rehearsal, again in St Andrews Church and the Christmas Celebration on december 16th. Tell the world about it!

On Sunday (tomorrow) December 6, a rare chance this Christmas to hear Handel Messiah…when Cantata choir and orchestra perform in St Eanswythe’s Church, Folkestone.  A chamber group of 28 singers , all soloists from within the choir together with small orchestra most of whom played with Amici two weeks ago.

 Tickets  can be reserved in advance…they are going fast…so grab them.01304 257248 or 07877 407702

 Similarly, Marian Consort tickets are going quickly … Thursday December 10.

 Hope  to see you at one of the concerts.