Events: 2018 Cantamus’ 50th Anniversary

Opening Concert for 50th Anniversary Year

Saturday 3rd February 7.30pm, St Mark’s Church, Mansfield

Come and hear the Cantamus family of choirs kick off their 50th Anniversary celebrations in style at St Mark’s Church, Mansfield on Saturday 3rd February, 2018 at 7.30pm.

‘Cantamus’, ‘Cantamus Training Choir’ and ‘Cantus Amici’, will all be performing works old and new as the celebrations start for what promises to be an exciting year of music making, reminiscing and celebration! There will be many concerts, social events and a trip to the Montreux Festival too!

Tickets are available via email from Sue Taylor at, or by phone on 07519 326180. Tickets are £15 Adults, £10 for children aged 12-18, £5 for children aged 5-11 and Under 5’s are free if sitting on an adults knee! Get your tickets while you can.

Concert With Nottingham Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 3rd March 2018, 7.30pm at Nottingham Albert Hall

If you missed the girls wonderful performance, in the final movement of Holst’s Planets with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra last year, you have another chance to hear their ethereal performance, this time with Nottingham Symphony Orchestra.

In an all English  programme, Margarita Balanas performs Elgar’s beautifully elegaic cello concerto, one of the cornerstone’s in the cello repertoire. Nottingham Symphony Orchestra will also perform the Johannesburg Festival Overture by William Walton, written in 1956, it incorporates the main theme of Jean Bosco Mwenda’s “Masanga” a song released in 1954, and uses three percussionists playing eleven instruments to cover the African rhythms included in the piece! The climax will be the enduringly popular ‘Planets Suite’ written by Holst in the first two years of the First World War. Inspiration quite noticeable especially in ‘Mars’, the first movement of the work, subtitled, ‘The Bringer of War’.

Tickets for this concert are unreserved and are available from the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra website, www., or through Tickets are £14 General admission, £12 Concessions and £5 children.

Eve of Montreux

Friday 23rd March 2018, 7.30pm, St Mark’s Church, Mansfield

Cantamus will be performing their competition repertoire, in preparation for the 54th Montreux Choral Festival. The girls are performing in two different choir classes, one as the whole choir and one in the over 16 years of age category. The programme will include music from both these ensembles as the girls gain useful experience performing them before the competition.

This concert, and the ‘Montreux Choral Festival’ itself, form part of the choir’s 5oth anniversary celebrations this year, falling hot on the heals of the 50th Anniversary Opening Concert, and their concert with Nottingham Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are available via email from Sue Taylor at, or by phone on 07519 326180. Tickets are £15 Adults, £10 for children aged 12-18, £5 for children aged 5-11 and Under 5’s are free if sitting on an adults knee! Get your tickets while you can.

Spring Spectacular

7.30pm, Sunday 25th March, 2018, Nottingham Albert Hall

Come and hear Cantamus sing alongside Nottingham Youth Orchestra and Thoresby Colliery Band. The programme includes favourites from ‘The Last Night of the Proms’, and promises to be a fantastic evening of musical entertainment, set in the beautiful surroundings of Nottingham’s Albert Hall.

Tickets are on general sale in January from and  The Royal Concert Hall Box Office: 0115 989 5555. Tickets at £15 adults, and £5 for under 18’s. Tickets will sell fast so make sure you have yours


Cantamus 50th Anniversary Weekend

12th, 13th, 14th October 2018 – save the dates

2018 sees a major milestone in the History of Cantamus as we celebrate a half Century since our beloved Pamela started Cantamus in 1968. Plans are already well advanced and we have an enthusiastic Committee working to make this an extra special event.

We are planning several events, with the high point being a concert in The Albert Hall, Nottingham, on Saturday 13th October 2018.  There will have been over 500 “girls” in Cantamus in the 50 years of its existence and we are hoping that we can amass a chorus of 500 voices for this very special concert.

Please keep the dates free in your diaries as we would love to see you all over the weekend. The plans so far are to have

  • an informal social event on Friday 12th October in the evening,
  • a special lunch for all ex members on Saturday 13th October followed by the afternoon rehearsal and tea with the current choirs before the concert at the Albert Hall
  • and finally a family event on the morning of Sunday 14th October with a traditional Sunday lunch to follow.


We want to give everyone the flexibility to be part of this very special weekend and having several events means that you can choose which events you wish to attend. We will be updating you all over the coming months with how the plans are progressing and the cost of the various events.

So that we can gauge interest could you email John Guy on to say if you are considering coming to the events. It would also be useful if you have any contact details of friends who have not had contact with the choir over the last few years and you know would be interested to receive information about the weekend. Again please forward these to the Cantamus email account above.

We look forward to celebrating with you all in October 2018


As soon as further information becomes available, you will be the first to know. Keep visiting this page for the latest details.