Cantores is one of the Cotswolds' most accomplished amateur chamber choirs, founded in 1991 by local choral enthusiasts keen to take the step up beyond choral society and church choir and aspiring (although with humble realism) to the standards and repertoire of The Sixteen, for example, or theMonteverdi Choir.
Over two decades, Cantores has gained a loyal and growing following, performing music that is challenging and enjoyable, combining familiar favourites with works that are relatively new or not often performed. AtChristmas 2011, for example, we performed the world premiere of six exquisite new songs about our very own Cotswolds, set to music by our Musical Director John Holloway to words by the early 20th century Dymock poet John Drinkwater, a close literary associate of the well-known writers Robert Frost and Rupert Brooke.
We usually perform six or so concerts a year, one of them a cappella and two with the accompaniment of the Cantores String Ensemble drawn from local professional musicians. Timed for early Spring, mid-Summer and early Winter, we aim to bring one of each to Cirencester's Parish Church with its glorious newly-restored organ and acoustics, and each concert is repeated in one of our region's lovely local churches (Tetbury and Northleach mainly, or for example Highnam and Rendcomb.)
Our members come mainly from Cirencester, Cheltenham, Swindon and villages in between, and we rehearse on Wednesdays in term time, at Rendcomb College (on the A435 between Cheltenham and Cirencester) from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Prospective members are invited to join us for a couple of rehearsals and then there is an informal audition. A reasonable level of sight-reading ability is expected.