Supporting Cantamus Staff

This page has been created to enable Cantamus Girls Choir to show their recognition and appreciation to members of staff who have / are involved in the Choir.

Michael Neaum – Accompanist

Michael NeaumMichael Neaum (arranger) obtained a first class Honours degree in Music at Birmingham University, where he won both the undergraduate and graduate Barber Scholarships.

He is greatly experienced as an accompanist in both piano and harpsichord, having worked with both nationally and internationally renowned singers and given Master Classes in accompaniment.

Between 1972 and 2007 he was the regular accompanist for Cantamus, having appeared with the choir on television and broadcast with it on many occasions.

Many of his skilful arrangements for female voice, published by Goodmusic Publications, Banks of York andOxford University Press, are being performed by choirs world-wide.

Several choirs of all types have commissioned arrangements and compositions from him for special occasions, including the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir for the quincentenary celebrations of Cabot’s landing in Newfoundland attended by Her Majesty the Queen.

Much of his time nowadays is spent in coaching singers and accompanists.

Have you ever listened to Cantamus and thought, ‘I love that arrangement, where can I get it for my choir? Well, Michael Neaum’s list of musical arrangements is now updated and available here!

Please click on the following link for the full list of Michael’s arrangements: 

Michael Neaum Arrangements 2018 list


O Won’t You Sit Down?

Who Knows Where The Time Goes

Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

Contact information:
Tel: 01623 631658

Joy Nicol – Vocal Coach

Vocal CoachJoy Nicol was a Vocal Tutor with Cantamus from 1992 until her untimely death in January 2010.

Joy was such a support to all who crossed her path; so many students have been helped and guided by her. She was a marvellous teacher and a tower of strength to her pupils and her friends. Cantamus has lost one of it strongest supports whose loyalty, commitment, musical abilities, fun-loving and witty personality enhanced the Cantamus family.

Her work and inspiration lives in all of us, either as a pupil, friend, member or supporter of Cantamus. We all have very special and individual memories of Joy and are able to share them with each other. We are finding it hard to believe that this wonderful, talented bundle of energy is no longer with us but we know her memory will never be forgotten and we will once again smile together as we recall her many kindnesses and humorous quips. We can never forget all that she was, all her many gifts and her absolute generosity. She is a loss to many organisations and schools but none more so than to Cantamus where she was a light in our midst for 18 years.