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








Candlemas is an interesting festival - the mid-point between the winter and spring solstices and a time when we look back at Christmas and forward to Easter. It is also the Presentation of Christ in the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and it is this latter feast which has inspired our choice of music for this year's concert.

Carols about Mary, such as the 13th century Angelus ad Virginum, Britten's Sweet was the song the Virgin sung and the traditional English carol The Joys of Mary are included, along with a lovely setting of There is no rose  by local composer Mark Browse. 

Also in the programme are settings of Marian texts by Palestrina, Josquin, Dufay and Victoria and an eight part Ave Maria by Gustav Holst. Readings of poetry and prose are interspersed with the music. 


Do come to our concert - it will be a lovely way to wrap up Christmas proper!







On our photo page you will see a picture of us with a very young Will Duerden and his double bass. We have always been proud to have been part of one of his first performances as a bassist but even more so since he made it to the string finals in the BBC Young Musician. He was majestic!! Well done Will!