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Remembrance Concert St Paul's Church Sandgate, 14th November
We couldn’t have asked for a worse night weather wise! It was dark, wet and cold and the air full of sadness following on from the atrocities that had occurred in Paris.. We started by singing a Cantique de Jean Racine as a symbol of respect and remembrance which led into the first half of the programme. Beatus Vir (according to Adrian) is one if the choirs party pieces. We were accompanied by 10 superb musicians, who effortlessly raised our performance to the next level. The highlight was Brittain's St Nicholas Cantata.. The tenor Nicholas Todd, was aptly cast as Nicholas. We were honoured to have two Canterbury Cathedral Choristers who performed as The ‘pickled boys’ It was a memorable night - the night we bought Britten to Sandgate.
An Evening of Christmas Music Sibton Park, Lyminge, 18th December
The Great Hall in Sibton Park, that is, probably the finest Jacobean room in East Kent and now a regular venue for the Cantores Christmas carol concert. Certain things have become traditional – the packed audience, the rising temperature, the creaking of arthritic knees during the 12 Days of Christmas, Adrian’s Christmas joke, and the rhythmical snoring of the people on the comfy sofas at the back. And certain things are new each year – new carols like ‘O Queen of Heaven’ or ‘As I outrode this enderes night’; new people in the audience; and of course new choir members since Cantores seems to be growing and growing. All in all, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the Sibton Park concert, and a great evening was had by all.
Spring Concert, 12th March
We had a very good audience turnout and the venue was ideal for the new format of coffee and cakes before a concert. It was a beautiful sunny day and volunteers had worked hard making the Tayne Centre look welcoming. People had a chance to meet up and chat over a cup of tea and slice of cake before the concert. Adrian had put together another interesting and varied programme ranging from Faure's Cantique and Mozart's Ave Verum to Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium - which we performed very well (the acoustics at this venue really do help the sound). Adrian also delighted the audience with beautiful performances of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C minor and D major. Not bad at all - coffee, cakes, concert and professional recitals all for a fiver!
Sandgate Concert, 8th June
This concert was one of several held during the Sandgate Music Festival and what a treat it was. Adrian had taken the celebration of HM the Queen’s 90th Birthday as a theme and the first part of the programme had two Coronation pieces. We opened with “Zadok The Priest” and the trumpet player Alex Calden, violinist Charlotte Reid and the choir filled the church with an amazing sound. “I Was Glad” by Parry followed. We then performed some songs which represented a street party starting with “Bare Necessities” and “Goodnight Sweetheart” The After the interval we performed “Gloria” by Vivaldi. Our two soloists were Angela Littlefield and Victoria Bawtree who both sang beautifully.
Prom, Lyminge Village Hall, 2nd July
We had another great and memorable evening at the Lyminge Prom. We performed a Beatles Medley which got everyone's toes tapping. Followed by some pieces from the coronation to commemorate the queens 90th birthday. The evening then ended with the usual Prom fun and flag waving.
Prom, Sibton Park, 6th July
This was a scaled down version of Lyminge but performed to a very enthusiastic packed audience. Sibton really gave us a warm welcome with strawberries and Pimms in the garden during the interval. It made a lovely change to chat to choir members and audience and sip Pimms in the beautiful grounds of Sibton park.
'Tea, Cake & Music, St Edmund's School, 12th November
This was a joint concert in the St. Edmund's School theatre with the Oyster Singers and the Portsmouth Festival Choir. From Holst to Lennon and Mc Cartney. There were also excerpts from '1914 - Remembrance', Adrian Bawtree's new work.
'We’ve just come back from a really fabulous early evening with the 3 choirs prior to your performances in the Cathedral tomorrow. Fabulous and really uplifting to finish with the Beatles. All very talented and Adrian is genius! Thanks for cheering me up on a horrible wet day!' Pippa Hamilton
Canterbury Cathedral, Remembrance Day Special Service, 13th November
The service included readings and music, composed by one of the Cathedral organists Adrian Bawtree, to remember the First World War. His piece is entitled ‘Remembrance’.
We were joined by the Oyster Singers, the Portsmouth Festival Choir and Canterbury area musicians. The piece is deliberately unfinished as Adrian will continue to develop it to reflect the progress of the war, reaching a conclusion in 2018 to commemorate the Armistice and reconciliation.
An Evening of Christmas Music, 16th December
'Well done everyone. It was a tremendous evening. So many folk were full of praise - and clearly had a an excellent evening of music and fun (and fun music!) Sibton were delighted with our contribution to the Christmas season. Wasn't the harp wonderful?!' Alison, Chair
'Thank you for your hard work in producing yet another marvellous evening for all concerned. I think it's safe to say that was the best Christmas at Sibton Park. It was a lovely, happy atmosphere and the audience quite clearly enjoyed every minute.' Maddy Scarre