Formed by Richard Potter and Bob Warren in 1997, we are a group of friends drawn by a common love of music and singing. Our repertoire varies from light to serious, from comic to tragic, from the very ancient to very modern.
Cantique's main objective is to use its musical talents to raise money for charities and other good causes. Generally, but not exclusively, around the Hampshire/Surrey border.
Originally 16 singers, the choir has now grown to around 27 experienced musicians, most of whom also sing with choral societies and other choirs. We regularly gather to rehearse in Alton when not engaging in our professional lives (we include scientists, music graduates, teachers including two who teach music and even a judge among our members). Membership is by invitation, but we are happy to hear from good singers who sight read and feel they could contribute.
The Tudor composer William Byrd wrote: "Since singing is so good a thing, I wish all men would learn to sing". This is Cantique's byword; in music, enjoyment is the cardinal virtue and boredom the cardinal vice.
Last modified at 19:35 on 03 March 2012