The hour long programme is a re-imagining of a pilgrimage to The Holy Land made by the 15th century German monk Felix Fabri. He actually made two pilgrimages and on both occasions kept very detailed and descriptive records of everything he did and saw. The nuns at a nearby convent back in Germany could not make the trip themselves but followed his pilgrimage ‘virtually’, incorporating his writings in their daily devotions. We can perhaps relate to this when we had to resort to travel programmes on the television in order to escape during lockdown!
The music in our concert is inspired by the idea of pilgrimage, by the various sacred musical works mentioned in his diary and also by the places he visited. Apart from Mozart’s Ave Maria the music is a mixture of renaissance polyphony and plainchant. We will also read extracts from his writings.
So, book the date and note the time of 5pm. There is no interval so mingling can be kept to a minimum if desired. The church has plenty of room for socially distancing.
Tickets are £10 with a free programme which will keep box office transactions quick and smooth. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or buy them at the door.
We hope that you will take this opportunity to come and hear lovely music and singing as we go on our virtual pilgrimage!
After a long break we were able to put on a concert. Our last one before covid hit was our much-loved Candlemas Concert in 2020 so it was appropriate that we started up again by celebrating Candlemas 2022 with our customary look back at the Christmas season.
So, on Saturday 29th January we performed an hour long programme at 3pm (to allow travel in the daylight) in St Margaret's Church, Warnham to a very appreciative and sizeable audience who were obviously as delighted as we were to get back to participating in live music.
Cantilena is a small chamber choir for female voices based in the Horsham/Cranleigh area. Many of the singers are music teachers and most play an instrument to a high standard: all have a love for singing and a desire to tackle a wide and challenging repertoire. Since their first concert in February 2010 they have performed plainsong, medieval carols, renaissance polyphony, madrigals, romantic partsongs, music by Charpentier, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Elgar, Britten, Malcolm Singer and John Tavener as well as Bob Chilcott’s popular Little Jazz Mass and a variety of barbershop arrangements. Cantilena has become known for atmospheric presentations of interesting and well-performed programmes.
Reviewers of their concerts have commented
‘The choir, made up of fourteen extremely competent singers, showed themselves more than equal to the challenges presented by the complex music, demonstrating excellent awareness of the need for balance of both dynamics and tone.’
‘….. the high quality of the performances.’
‘Jenny Hansell’s conducting and the total commitment and focus of every member of the choir led to convincing, musical interpretations of every piece.’
‘I would heartily recommend anyone who enjoys listening to polished choral performances to attend a concert given by Cantilena: you won’t be disappointed.’
An audience member said 'You made our small church sound like a cathedral'.
Cantilena is also available for weddings and functions. Forces can vary from a soloist, duet or small consort to the full ensemble including instruments.
For more details contact Cantilena
phone: 01483 275489
It might look as if the answer is 'not much' but we have managed to keep going in our various musical fields. Singing practice has gone on, teaching has happened and new editions made.
We have had some socially distanced rehearsals and a concert was booked for July 17th 2021. However, we have decided to postpone it till the autumn, as the various guidelines and hoops we needed to jump through were going to take the pleasure out of it!
The programme we've been working on has taken us on musical travels around Europe and across the pond, so even if we can't actually go to these places we have experienced some of their history and culture. Instead of our concert we will have a sing through and a picnic and hope to be back to welcoming you the audience later this year!