Cantilena is a well established choir based in Glastonbury in the heart of Somerset.

The choir enjoy performing a truly comprehensive range of music in the course of three concerts annually. This includes enchanting music at Christmas both traditional and modern, major works in the spring including those by Bach, Handel and Mozart, whilst traditional English folksongs and madrigals feature in our summer concerts.

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We are privileged to have Tony Bevan as our Music Director and with his patient guidance and encouragement, we rise to any challenge that he cares to lay before us. Indeed, Plainsong to Poulenc, Baroque to Britten defines the scope of music we enjoy.

We are a friendly and inclusive choir, extending a warm welcome to new members. Our weekly meetings are held in Glastonbury on Tuesdays during term time, from 7.30-9.00 pm.

If you would like to join us or for 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.

The whole choir, or a smaller section of the choir, The Cantilena Singers, are available for weddings, family occasions, events and concerts.

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About our Choir

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

Borne out of the Wells Chamber Choir, Cantilena was established in 1979, being based for some years at St John's Church, Glastonbury, under its first conductor, Robin Walker, who was Organist and Choirmaster of St John's at the time. Robin was succeeded by local organist and composer, Brendan Ashe, who handed on the baton in 1988 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 and quite successful 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, rehearsing there on Tuesday evenings, but we have given concerts 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.

We wish to make good music accessible for performers and audience alike, so we keep subscriptions and prices low, including our £1.00 ticket price offer for children under 15.

The word “cantilena” means “a musical passage of sustained lyricism” which is the quality we aim to bring to our work.

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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.