Diary Dates


Sunday 13 October – SOUNDS GLORIOUS!

South Notts Men’s Chorus, SDMC Youth Choir & Cantabile Choir


St Helen’s Church, Ashby-de-la-Zouch  3-30pm   


Note the dates of our Christmas Concerts for 2019:

Sunday 1 December                                                           Prelude to Christmas – Lullington Church at 3pm
Wednesday 4 December                                                   Rainbows Hospice Concert – Derby Cathedral 7-30pm
Saturday 14 December                                                     Christmas Cracker – The Coton Centre 7pm
Sunday 22 December                                                        Christmas Brass & Voices – Repton Church 2-30pm                                 
Previous concerts include:

 Summer Music at Haddon Hall   The choir thoroughly enjoyed another visit to Haddon Hall where they sang in The Long Gallery.  

Summer ConcertSt Helen’s Church, Etwall     A packed church enjoyed a summer programme of music from Cantabile who were joined by the music centre’s Junior Voices. We were delighted to welcome the Chairman and Vice Chairman of South Derbyshire District Council

Spring is in the Air – The Kirkpatrick Theatre, Twycross House School.   ‘An evening of music and smiles!’ –  centred around the theme of ‘kindness’.  This was our second concert in this new theatre and the capacity audience responded enthusiastically to the varied programme.  The delicious canapes and interval drinks made the evening even more special!

Christmas Brass & Voices  St George’s Church, Ticknall    The last of our Christmas Concerts was in this splendid setting for a sumptuous feast of music presented by the Seale Brass Quintet, Youth Choir and Cantabile Choir. 

Christmas Cracker Concert The Coton Centre, Tamworth    ‘Cracker’ is the highlight of the South Derbyshire Music Centre’s calendar, and Cantabile were delighted to share in the festive fun programme with the Centre’s bands, Junior Voices and Youth Choir. 

Rainbows Christmas Concert Derby Cathedral  One of the county’s most popular Christmas concerts, in aid of Rainbow’s Hospice for Children and Young People.  Cantabile were joined by the splendid City of Derby Brass & Clarinet Ensembles, and a Children’s Choir of 120 voices.  Approximately £5,500 was raised at this concert for this very worthy cause.

Prelude to Christmas  St Wystan’s Church, Bretby DE15 0RD A mix of seasonal choral music and readings.

Saturday 10 November Poppyfest 2018  Remembrance Concert at Centenary Church, Moira  

Sunday 30 September 2018  Cantabile Choir & B Natural Choir Four Oaks Methodist Church, Sutton Coldfield

Saturday 22 September 2018   Haddon Hall Harvest Celebration

Thursday 13 September 2018   Private function for Briggs PLC International Directors (Dovecliff Hall, Rolleston)

Friday 6 July 2018  Summer Serenade at Twycross Church
An extra concert in our summer schedule was held in this lovely setting.  Following an hour of easy-listening music, the large audience and choir were treated to a range of cheeses, biscuits and wine.

Friday 15 June  Cantabile & SDMC Junior Voices at Egginton Church
A capacity audience enjoyed a varied programme of music for a summer’s evening.    Of particular note were Chloe Chatburn’s performance of Una Donna a Quindici Anni  from Cosi Fan Tutté, and John Miller’s cello solo: Prelude from Bach’s Prelude in C major.  Our young choir – Junior Voices – from Music Centre brought added sparkle to the programme.  It was a special treat to have interval drinks outside in the lovely surroundings of this beautiful country church.

Sunday 10 June  Cantabile at Haddon Hall
Once again we were warmly received by the large audiences for our annual visit in this stunning setting.  Singing in The Long Gallery is one of the highlights of our choir year: absolutely magical!

Sunday 20 May 2018  Cantabile at Swepstone Church
For this concert, we were joined by our Music Centre’s Youth Choir (three of whom had dashed back from a D of E weekend trek!  Interval drinks were held outside since the weather was so warm – and added bonus to a delightful evening.

Saturday 24 March 2018   Amore           Kirkpatrick Theatre, Twycross House School.
Our Spring Concert was held in the new Kirkpatrick Theatre.  The capacity audience were treated to an evening of love songs and romantic music by the choir and The Miller String Quartet.  This special evening marked the first concert in our 20th year.

Sunday 17 December 2017  Christmas Brass & Voices           St Wystan’s Church, Repton
We concluded our schedule of Christmas concerts in this splendid setting for a sumptuous feast of music presented by the Seale Brass Quintet, Youth Choir and Cantabile.  In addition there were seasonal readings (some with a touch of humour!).  Choir member Dr Stephen Betteridge-Sorbey gave a short ‘reflection’ on an aspect of Christmas before the final carol, sung by both choirs and the large audience, accompanied by the brass quintet and organ.       

Saturday 9 December 2017    Christmas Cracker    The Coton Centre, Tamworth
‘Cracker’ is the highlight of the South Derbyshire Music Centre’s calendar, and Cantabile were  proud to join in the festive fun programme together with the Centre’s bands, Junior Voices and Youth Choir.  This was the 45th ‘Cracker’, and was very much a ‘family’ concert.

Wednesday 6 December 2017  Rainbow’s Christmas Concert      Derby Cathedral
This is one of the county’s most popular Christmas concerts, in aid of the Rainbow’s Children’s Hospice.  Cantabile were joined by the City of Derby Brass and Clarinet Ensembles, plus a Children’s Choir of 120 voices. Over £5,500 was raised for this deserving charity.                           

Sunday 3 December 2017   Prelude to Christmas             All Saints Church, Lullington
We had a great start to our Christmas concert schedule with a mix of seasonal choral music and readings, plus instrumental items – all performed in this beautiful country church.  

Sunday 15 October  A Feast of Choral Music  was held in Melbourne’s historic and beautiful Parish Church, and featured Cantabile and B Natural choir (from Sutton Coldfield).  The first half of the concert was a performance of Faure’s Requiem.  This was dedicated to the memory of Sandra McKinley, a much-valued Cantabile member who died in September.  Richard Jeffries (B Natural’s conductor) directed this piece and the organist was Tom Corfield.  In the second half of the programme, each choir performed three pieces from their repertoire, and the afternoon concert ended with Parry’s I was glad; directed by Philip King.

End of the summer term: The choir ended their summer term by hosting the visiting Canadian choir (see below) for an informal social evening in the gardens at The Old Rectory, Netherseal.    As the wine flowed, the singing became more enthusiastic!

Sunday 25 June     Summer Concert with Visiting Canadian Choir   Melbourne Parish Church  7pm
A large  and appreciative audience joined us in this splendid setting when we welcomed The St John’s Choir, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada (www.stjohnschoir.ca). This concert lasted just over an hour, and then there were drinks on the Rectory Lawns, overlooking Melbourne Pool.
The Canadian Choir also sang in Derby Cathedral on Monday 26 June at 1pm  and at the National Arboretum.

Concert in Denstone School Chapel
We had a really lovely evening’s concert in Denstone on Wednesday 17 May.     Cantabile  were joined by Smallwood Manor Chapel Choir whose singing was delightful!
Following an hour’s choral music, audience and choirs were treated to a range of delicious canapés and wine (soft drinks for the children of course!).

Sunday11 June  Haddon Hall (near Bakewell)
Cantabile were delighted to be invited back again to this stunning historic setting to share our music with visitors from the UK and abroad. This year, we sang in the historic Long Gallery to two large and appreciative audiences. (www.haddonhall.co.uk)

Friday 16 June  Beautiful Music in a Country Church:      Duffield Parish Church  with The William Gilbert School Choir
It’s always a pleasure to join with this young choir who never fail to inspire us with their very high standards of singing.  A capacity audience enjoyed the varied repertoire, culminating in a joint performance of the rousing spiritual Lift me up! (with some audience participation!).