Christmas Diary Dates

Make this Christmas even more special!   Celebrate Christmas with Cantabile!

You’re warmly invited to get in the festive mood at any of the following concerts …

Prelude to Christmas             All Saints Church, Lullington, Swadlincote DE12 8EG                     A mix of seasonal choral music and readings, plus instrumental items – all performed in this beautiful country church. Start your Christmas here!  The concert will last around 1¼ hours and will be followed by mulled wine.                                                                                                                        Sunday 3 December 2017 at 4pm    (Tickets: £7 children £3 – 07860 101417)

Rainbow’s Christmas Concert                                  Derby Cathedral   DE1 3GP                                     This is one of the county’s most popular Christmas concerts, in aid of the Rainbow’s Children’s Hospice.  Cantabile are joined by the City of Derby Brass and Clarinet Ensembles, plus a Children’s Choir of 120 voices.                                                                                                                  Wednesday 6 December 2017 at 7-30pm   (All tickets: £5 – online or 0800 952 1133)

Christmas Cracker Concert     The Coton Centre, Comberford Road, Tamworth B79 9AA   ‘Cracker’ is the highlight of the South Derbyshire Music Centre’s calendar, and Cantabile warmly invite you to share with them in the festive fun programme together with the Centre’s bands, Junior Voices and Youth Choir.  Plus – you’ll be able to join in with some of your favourite Christmas songs!                                                                                                                                            Saturday 9 December 2017 at 7pm       (Tickets £8; children £5    07860 101417)

Christmas Brass & Voices             St Wystan’s Church, Repton DE65 6FH                                           Join us in this splendid setting for a sumptuous feast of music presented by the Seale Brass Quintet, Youth Choir and Cantabile.  In addition there will be seasonal readings (some with a touch of humour!).  The afternoon concert will last around 1¼ hours; mulled wine and mince pies will be served afterwards.  Ample parking available.                                                                              Sunday 17 December 2017 at 2-30pm    (Adults: £8; children £4      07860 101417)




Previous concerts include …..

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 (  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. (

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!).