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 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.  We are pleased that Michael has come out of retirement to accompany the Cantamus Cherubs and Cantus Amici.

Many of his skilful arrangements for female voice, published by Goodmusic Publications, Banks of York and Oxford 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.

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


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.

Stefan Reid – Accompanist

Stefan Reid photoStefan Reid was born in Staffordshire and brought up in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He attended St Peter’s College, Oxford, where he was an instrumental scholar and conductor of the Arcadian Singers – one of the University’s leading chamber choirs – and studied piano with Raymond Fischer from the Royal College of Music. After leaving Oxford, he studied Conducting and Performance Studies at the University of Surrey. Since then he has balanced a busy life as a teacher, conductor and accompanist. Whilst living in London for fifteen years he was Director of Music at one of the capital’s leading schools, South Hampstead High School, as well as acting as Director of Music to two large choral societies, working regularly with London-based orchestra, The Aurelian Ensemble. From 2009 – 2019 he was Director of Music at Nottingham High School. As an accompanist he has performed in many of the UK’s leading chamber concert venues including the Holywell Music Room, Oxford and the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank.  His parting gift was a wonderfully arranged Fiddler on the Roof medley which was premiered at Mansfield Palace Theatre in December 2019.

Sheila Haslam – Secretary

Cantamus 40th AnniversarySheila Haslam is a qualified teacher and was a Lecturer in Business Studies and Management at West Nottinghamshire College of Further Education for 22 years before taking early retirement.

She is also a qualified teacher of Speech and Drama, having been awarded a Gold Medal in Public Speaking with Distinction from the London Associated Music and Drama Board in 1986.  From 1993 to 2011 she co-ordinated the Mansfield Music & Drama Festival.

A trained singer, Sheila has a always had a passionate interest in the music, and when Cantamus was first founded, volunteered to be the Secretary, a position she held for 50 years.

Both her daughters were early members of the choir.