Cantamus is internationally renowned; 28 first prizes in international choral festivals have been won, in addition they have won 8 Grand Prix, including the Grand Prix (Riva del Garda), BBC Choir of the Year (twice), Choir of the World (Llangollen Eisteddfod) and championships at the World Choir Olympics (Bremen 2004 and Xiamen 2006). In July 2013 they competed in the First European Choir Games in Graz where they gained three Gold medals and Championships in the Youth Equal Voice Class and the Sacred Class. Thirty overseas tours have been undertaken, including Japan, China, Israel, USA and Canada (twice), Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Estonia and Finland. Many girls pursue careers in music and a number are now employed as soloists or chorus members in the Opera Houses of the World.
Cantamus has been featured in numerous radio and TV broadcasts, and The Golden Girls was a BBC documentary of the girls’ successful tour of China. Their commercial CDs produces by EMI and Warner have distributed worldwide, along with other private recordings made by the choir.
Engagements with professional orchestras include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. These performances have beein in the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican and Royal Festival Hall in London, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Harrogate International Centre and the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. In 2008 the choir sang with the BBC Welsh National Orchestra in the BBC Promenade concerts in both Cardiff and London.
Works have been commissioned from leading British composers in various genres (opera, jazz, ethnic) and some have gifted works because of their admiration for the choir.
Howard Goodall has said the choir: "Only a very few musicians and performers manage to combine absolute, world-class excellence of technique and style with the ability to express themselves from the bottom of their hearts. Cantamus, miraculously, are amongst the select few".
The training choir girls are taught by two former pupils of Pamela Cook: Louise Collett and Freya Irons.
Auditions for the Training Choir are held in January and June for girls (minimum age 9) who:love to sing
The audition requires the applicant to:sing a song, e.g. a hymn, carol or classical piece (copy of music required, accompanist provided)
An adult needs to accompany the girl and will be given further details then.
Group singing lessons and choir rehearsals take place on Friday evenings during school term-time at the Samworth Church Academy, Forest Town, near Mansfield.
Membership of Cantamus provides:the joy of being surrounded by musically talented friends who strive for excellence
Please e-mail Sheila Haslam firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01623 627764 for an application form.
Each year the Training Choir will take part in a Residential workshop weekend. This is normally held at Edwinstowe Youth Hostel. The aim of the workshop is to work on their repertoire, musical skills and movement and to give the girls the opportunity to be together on an enjoyable break.
Updated 12 October 2013