Past Concerts

Past concerts

From its first concert in July 1997 to date, Cantique had given over 70 concerts which raised over £40,000 for charities and other good causes. Here are some details of some of our concerts.

23rd July 2022, Holy Cross Church, Binsted

A Mid Summer Night's Music


A return visit, by Cantique to Binsted church during extensive repair work following storm damage. Cantique entertained a large, appreciative audience with an eclectic programme of music genres and humorous readings.. The concert raised over £2000 for the Church's fundraising appeal for repair to the stained glass Victorian East window


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28th May 2022, St Mary's Church, Froyle

Spring into Summer


A return visit, by Cantique to Froyle church following its closure for four months for re-wiring and an internal repaint. Cantique entertained a large, appreciative audience with an eclectic programme of music genres and humorous readings. The concert finished with the mediaeval round "Sumer is icumen in". Richard, our conductor, even managed to get the audience to join in, splitting the ladies and the gentlemen. The concert raised over £1100 for the Church's fundraising appeal.


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12th March 2022, St Andrew's Church, Farnham

Song from the Shows


A Saturday morning "Cafe" concert in aid of All Saints, Tilford "Save Our Church" campaign.


Alison Wrigley's Wholenotes Choirs joined with Cantique Chamber Choir to perform a wide selection of show songs.


The concert was introduced by Revd. Neil Fairlamb, from All Saints, Tilford and the concert opened with a prayer for Ukraine and Cantique singing a Ukranian Lullaby.


To close the concert, the Wholenotes Choir and Cantique joined forces to sing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables.


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16th December 2019, Chawton House

Happy Birthday Jane


A concert to celebrating Jane Austen's 244th birthday with a selection of music from her lifetime and beyond. We included a whimsical piece; a rhyme about making a Christmas Pudding written by Cassandra Austen, Jane's mother, for her friend Martha Lloyd, which was set to music for us by John Broom.


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18th May 2019, St Luke's Church, Milland


Here Comes Summer !


An evening concert in aid of a new roof for St Luke's Milland and Rake..


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6th January 2018, Selborne

Music for Epiphany


On Twelfth Night we made a return visit to St. Mary's Church, Selborne where we entertained a large audience with seasonal music, some more jazzy things and the famous Cantique pantomime (Cinderella). The concert raised £700 for the Church's appeal to allow it to install a new sound system.


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2nd June 2018, All Saints' Church, Headley


Summer's Here !

Concert in aid of the upkeep, repair and refurbishment of the church tower and clock.

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30th September 2017, Frensham


Anniversary Concert


We celebrated our 20th anniversary in style. Bob Warren and Richard Potter founded our choir and the concert included a performance of the first piece sung by the then "Dockenfield Onslaught" in 1997, Arthur Sullivan's poignant part song The Long Day Closes. Richard joined the tenor section for the concert. We also enjoyed Gareth Giles magnificent solo performance of I Got Rhythm and The Windmills of your Mind. John Gardner's centenary was also marked by an exuberant performance of Fight the Good Fight.


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16th July 2017, Binsted


Music for a Summer Evening

A gorgeous evening and a full house, raising money for the Wickham Institute (Binsted Village Hall.)


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29th April 2017, St Matthew's Church, Blackmoor


Enter Spring !

Enter Spring with an eclectic collection of English Music.


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26th November 2016, St. Thomas on the Bourne

On 26th November 2016 we took part in a spectacular performance of Verdi's Requiem with the Holybourne Singers at St Thomas on the Bourne.


We are looking forward to future collaboration between the choirs...

15th November 2016, Holy Sepulchre, London

"Shakespearathon"

"Shakespeare on Music" by Chris Gardner

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9th October 2016, Alton Maltings


A concert of beautiful music to raise money for McMillan Cancer. We were joined by Gareth Giles on piano and a number of instrumentalists. Our contribution included Chris Gardner's Shakespeare on Music, Will Todd's glorious arrangement of Amazing Grace, and a selection of songs from My Fair Lady.

Around £700 was raised for McMillan.


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14th May 2016, St. Lawrence, Weston Patrick


This concert marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with a programme of music from his time and music written in the 20th Century. We gave the World premiere of Chris Gardner's Shakespeare on Music in which we were accompanied by the wonderful Gareth Giles. The setting was idyllic, the weather perfect and our hosts put on a wonderful reception after the concert


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13th December 2015, All Saints Church, Headley


Our concert in Headley told the story of how Christmas music evolved from the 16th to the 21st Century and included two world premieres; Jane Palmer's Dormi, Jesu! and Jennette Wickes's Lullay Lulla. They were joined by Aly Paterson's Puer Nobis Nascitur to make a remarkable section sequence in which we had the three composers taking their bows. We also showed how many favourite carols originated in the middle ages as dance tunes. We were raising money for the renovation of the electrical system in All Saints Church.


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3rd October 2015 at St. Joan of Arc Church, Farnham


A concert of sacred music from the 19th and 20th Century which we dedicated to our co-founder Bob Warren. Highlights included the premiere of John Broom's intriguing choral arrangement of Rachmaninoff's C# minor prelude and four of John Gardner's lovely "Six American Hymns in a Free Style". We were joined by Mike Smith on organ, and he did an immaculate job accompanying and playing solos. Despite clashing with a crucial World Cup rugby match, the concert resulted in a significant donation being made to The Fountain Centre.


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9th May 2015, St Luke's Church, Milland


"From the Sublime to the Ridiculous"


A full and most appreciative house in this gorgeous Victorian Church, with stunning canapes served in the interval. Raising money for the Church to have a new sound system. First performances of the choir's own arrangements of Cole Porter songs from High Society as well as John Broom's unique and scurrilous take on some great romantic piano concertos and the relationship between Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Also a brief lesson on the development of written music from the 13th Century to the Baroque.

Thank you Milland, we'd love to come back!


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22nd October 2014, St Lawrence Church, Alton


- "For the Fallen"

H. Rex Freston 1891-1916


Performed with actors from Alton Fringe Theatre, our concert 'For the Fallen' commemorated the outbreak of World War 1 with words and music. Our men's rendition of a hitherto unknown verse of Long Way To Tipperary brightened a reflective evening, while Chris's setting of Rex Freston's poems delighted and the ending - Elgar's 'Lux Aeterna' - sent shivers down the spine.


H. Rex Freston, died in France after only six weeks, January 24th, 1916, age 25.

"This poet is a soldier now. My lords, I fear he's gone to sleep."


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20th September 2014, - Four Marks


Sounds Old, New and Local


We joined forces with other local performers for a fascinating programme which included works by the late Martin Read (Three Songs from As you like it and On the steps of the Buttercross), and the first performance of Chris Gardner's Somewhere in France... This work commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, using words by H. Rex Freston, a poet who lasted only a few weeks at the front


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17th May 2014, All Saints', Headley


Music included new arrangements by John Broom of the rock 'n' roll hits You're Sixteen (tempo marked "big and bouncy") and King Creole.


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21st December 2013, St Lawrence, Alton


We joined forces with the St. Lawrence Covenant Youth Choir. The home-grown music included the first performance of Chris Gardner's setting of the Norfolk Carol Come let us all with heart and voice. We also performed John Broom's atmospheric arrangement of The Carol of the Drum, Jennette Wickes's wonderful Adam Lay Y-Bounden and Aly Paterson's elegant Puer nobis nascitur.

16th November 2013 - Wrecclesham


This concert included one of our favourite pieces of all, Ward Swingle's setting of Tony Isaac's fervent prayer for the future of the World, Give us this day.

We also performed a "potted version" of Bach's Jesu, Meine Freude.


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12th October 2013 , Upper Froyle


Cantique were at St. Mary's Church in Upper Froyle where we premiered John Broom's arrangement of the rock 'n' roll hit You're Sixteen, and four of Finzi's challenging Seven Songs.


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4th May 2013 - St. John the Baptist, Itchen Abbas.


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17th November 2012 - Holy Cross Church, Binsted


A Celebration of Music


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6th October 2012 - St John the Evangelist, Churt


A Celebration of Music


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7 January 2012 - St Mary's Church, Selborne


Seasonal Words and Music


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10 September 2011 - St Mary's Church, Frensham


A Celebration of Music


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14th May 2011 - St Mary's Church, Bentley


A Celebration of Music


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5th March 2011 Good Shepherd Church, Four Marks


A Rhythm of Life


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20th November 2010 All Saints' Church, Farringdon


A Celebration of Music


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4th December 2010 St Lawrence's Church, Alton


A Christmas Concert


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9th May 2010 Farnham Methodist Church


A Choral Music Concert


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6th December 2009 St Lawrence's Church, Alton


A Christmas Concert


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9th May 2009 St Mary's Church, Bentley


Words and Music in Spring


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21st November 2008 St Joan of Arc, Farnham


An Evening of Christmas Words and Music


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3rd May 2008 All Mary's Church, Frensham


Frensham Pond Sailability


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26th August 2007 Mrs. Johnston's Garden, Ewshot


Phyllis Tuckwell, Hospice


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13th July 2007 Willow Grange, Guildford


St Luke's Hospital for the Clergy


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5th May 2007 All Saints' Church, Tilford


A Choral Concert


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10th December 2006 Holy Cross Church, Binsted


A Christmas Concert


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7th October 2006 St John the Evangelist, Churt


An Autumn Evening of Words and Music

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13th May 2006 St John's Church, Northington


A Spring Concert

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4th December 2005 St Mary's Church, Bentley


Christmas Words and Music

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14th May 2005 St Nicholas' Church, Newham


A Fund Raising Concert

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4th December 2004 All Saints Church, Farringdon


Christmas Music and Words

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12th July 2004 St Peter's Church, Wrecclesham


A Dessert Song

16th October 2004 St John's Church, Churt


An Autumn Concert

12th June 2004 St Nicholas Church, Newnham


A Summer Concert

8th May 2004 Holy Trinity Church, Horsham


A Summer Concert

19th December 2003 The Cross Barn, Odiham


Christmas Music and Words

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6th December 2003 St Lucy's Convent, Medstead


Christmas Music and Words

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4th October 2003 St John the Evangelist, Churt,


An Autumn Concert

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7th May 2003 St. Mary's Church, Bentley


A Summer Concert

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26th April 2003 All Saints' Church, Fleet


A Charity Concert in aid of Accessible Boating

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8th December 2002 All Saints' Church, Farringdon


Christmas Words and Music for NSPCC

12th October 2002 All Mary's Church, Frensham


Frensham Pond Sailability

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6th July 2002 Saints Philip and James, Fleet


"Raising the Roof"

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20th April 2002 St Mark's Church, Farnborough


A Supper Concert

16th March 2002 All Saints' Church, Fleet


In Memory of Audrey Hogg, Arthritis Research

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1st December 2001 Royal Holloway College


Sunningdale & District Gardening Association

24th November 2001 All Saints' Church, Odiham


Words and Music for an Early Christmas

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19th July 2001 St Lawrence's Church, Alton


A Summer Concert in Aid of Wessex Cancer Trust

19th May 2001 Victoria Hall, Harley Witney


A Celebration in Words and Music for CPRE

***27th January 2001 St Mark's Church, Farnborough


Concert Supper with Cantique

2nd December 2000 St John the Baptist, Stoneleigh


Words and Music for Christmas

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**** 12 March 2000 St Polycarp's, Farnham


Spring Concert

14th October 2000 Our Lady, Help of Christians,

North Camp


A Charity Concert for Naomi House Children's Hospice

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24 June 2000 Farnham Castle, Farnham


A Charity Concert for the Mission to Seafarers

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23rd December 1999 Home Farm Barn, Chawton


Words and Music for Christmas

4th December 1999 St Mary's Church, Alton


Words and Music for Christmas

9th October 1999 All Saints Church, Fleet


A Charity Concert for St Botolph's Refuge for the Homeless

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12th June 1999 Farnham Castle


"A Song for all Seas, All Ships"

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8th May 1999 St John the Baptist, Stoneleigh


A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

24th April 1999 All Saints Church, Alton


Music for Ringing

6th December 1998 St Mark's Church, Farnborough


Words and Music for Christmas

16th October 1998 St John's Church, Churt


Music for an Autumn Evening

28th June 1998 All Saints Church, Farringdon


Music in Midsummer

17th May 1998 Petersfield Methodist Church


Summer's Threshold

10th May 1998 The Cross Barn, Odiham


Summer's Threshold

7th December 1997 St James' Church, Wield


Words and Music for Christmas

16th November 1997 St Mark's Church, Farnborough


Byrd to Rutter


13th July 1997 St Peter's Church, Wrecclesham


Byrd to Rutter