From its first concert in July 1997 to the end of 2011, Cantique had given 64 concerts which raised around £36,600 for charities and other good causes. Here are some details of some of the more recent ones.
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...
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.
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 See the programme here
13th December 2015, All Saints, 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. See the programme here
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. View the programme here
9th May 2015, St Luke's Church, Milland - "From the sublime to the
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! Click here for the full programme
22nd October 2014, St Lawrence Church, Alton - "For the Fallen"
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."
20th September 2014, Church of the Good Shepherd, Four Marks - "Sounds old new and
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.
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.
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.
On 12th October 2013 we 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.
4th May 2013 - St. John the Baptist, Itchen Abbas.