Canterbury Cantata

Canterbury Cantata

Canterbury Cantata is a small choir of 22-28 experienced singers who come together by invitation of the Director, Emily Renshaw, to realise challenging choral repertoire to the highest possible amateur standards.

Watch Canterbury Cantata performing

We perform regularly in venues such as the Colyer Ferguson Hall, Canterbury and the beautiful church of St Mary and St Eanswythe, Folkestone, St.Stephen's Church & St.Peter's Methodist Church in Canterbury as well as performing in Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

Canterbury Cantata draws on an extensive a capella repertoire ranging from the 16th to the 21st centuries. We have a commitment to raising the profile of women composers. and have performed world premieres of music by emerging young composers as well as major choral works with orchestra, reflecting our desire to present challenging opportunities for skilled amateur singers.

In addition, we perform together with groups within the community sharing the power of choral singing with People with Parkinson's and other caring organisations.

Highly regarded for its performances, Canterbury Cantata often sings for and on behalf of other organisations, in fundraising events which support the Trust or other activities. Cantata sang to inaugurate the Ancestors’ Exhibition of medieval stained glass at Canterbury Cathedral and has contributed through fund-raising concerts to various churches in the local area.


Join Canterbury Cantata

Membership is by audition only and at the invitation of the Music Director. If you would like to join, please contact Roshna Ahmad

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Where and when

Canterbury Cantata meets fortnightly on Thursday evenings in term- time at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys.


If you would like to get in touch regarding Canterbury Cantata, please contact Vanessa Young by sending her an email below:

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Membership Fee

The membership fee is £50.00 per term or £125 annually. To pay online with a credit card - follow the payment instruction for paypal and you will be redirected to the Paypal page and you can then choose to pay with a credit card. Members also need to buy their own music. NB It is our aim that no-one should be excluded from singing through financial concerns. If you are invited to join but are concerned about fees or music costs, you are welcome to discuss this in confidence with Roshna.

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Gift Aid

You can download the Canterbury Cantata Trust gift aid declaration form by clicking this link. Please hand in the completed form at a rehearsal or post to the Trust at our contact address.

Music for HEAVEN AND EARTH concert July 2nd 2022
MUSIC for HEAVEN and EARTH July 2nd 2022 Canterbury Cantata at St Paul’s Church, Canterbury Our summer concert featuring the challenging Bach motets Singet dem Herrn and Jesu Meine Freude, contrasted with the serene Mawby Ave Verum Corpus and Shearing’s delightful collection of jazzy interpretation of Shakespeare Sonnets, Music to Hear, brought our choral year to an end. We were very lucky to be joined by pianist Helen Crayford, Emily Rossiter on cello and Robert Rawson on double bass to complete the ensemble under the baton of Emily Renshaw. The concert also featured from within the choir, soprano, Anna Clare Bartlett as soloist in the Handel aria Meine Seel Hört im Sehen, Diana Gabriel on oboe and Stephen Barker performing the Stanford Prelude on the organ. A French friend commented afterwards,” A beautiful evening by a very talented and generous choir”. Do look out for our concerts next year, which will be featured on the website and our facebook pages… hope to see you there. With thanks to Emily Renshaw for her direction and encouragement, the committee and Tim Kidd for the photographs.

Canterbury Cantata Trust

Canterbury Cantata Trust Registered in England and Wales
Company No. 8293466 (Limited by Guarantee)
Registered Charity No. 1163197.

Registered Office:
April Cottage, Cherville Lane,
Bramling, Canterbury,
Kent. CT3 1LZ