About our Choir

Cantilena is a four-part mixed choir of around 30 voices, whose repertoire seeks to be bold and wide-ranging.

Largely borne out of the Wells Chamber Choir which ceased to exist in 1979, Cantilena was established shortly afterwards, being based for some years at St John's, Glastonbury, under its first conductor, Robin Walker. Robin was succeeded by local organist and composer, Brendan Ashe, who handed on the baton to our present Music Director, Tony Bevan, one of the famous Bevan family of musicians from Croscombe. For ten years from 2000, the choir had the unusual, though not unsuccessful, arrangement of being under the direction of the Organ Scholars of Wells Cathedral, until Tony returned in 2010 when the arrangement ceased.

The choir is now based at St Mary's RC Church, Glastonbury, but has sung in many different venues, particularly in local places of worship, including Sherborne Abbey, but also at Glastonbury Abbey, GlastonburyTown Hall, the Abbey House, Edgarley Recital Hall, the Rural Life Museum and even Taunton Museum!

Over the years Cantilena had been able to draw on the expertise of many local instrumentalists and talented soloists, some of whom have made a name for themselves in the wider world of music, such as the London-based soprano, Sophie Bevan, the baritone, Robert Clark, of Voces 8, and international baritone soloist, Ben Bevan.

If you would like to join us or receive further information, please contact our secretary Christine Greenway on: 01278 722870, or email: cantachoir1@gmail.com. You can also use the contact form on our Contact page.