Cantatrice win at Mid-Somerset Competitive Festival!

Members of Cantatrice took part in the Mid-Somerset Competition at the weekend and came away with two 1st prizes and a 2nd Prize – and that included a silver trophy and platter!

Our first Class was a Female Choir class with eight choirs competing. We sang a beautiful song called Grace which required a seem-less unison line, balanced & blended part singing, conviction to the text and above all an engaging performance. We followed this with a tricky acapella piece called ‘Voice on the Wind’ by the young Canadian Sarah Quartel accompanied by a drum. Special mention was made of the drum playing!!! This gave us our first win.

On our second class ‘Popular Song’ we sang ‘On a clear day’ and Everythings’ coming up roses’ – great songs both with very different qualities needed to express them – we couldn’t believe it when we were named winners again out of six choirs.

Our final class was a sacred music class – here we sang ‘Be still and know I am with you’ by M Neaum – a stunning piece with two solo voices setting the mood. Going into 6 parts this was our most demanding piece – we sang it very well but the balance & tuning needed more refinement. We then sang ‘Raise your Voice’ which the ladies have performed several times before, complete with moves. This took the roof off and we were given our 2nd place. At that point we were just so overwhelmed with how well things had gone that we just totally enjoyed the performance – 2nd place was a total bonus.

There were some excellent choirs singing – (mostly all of a younger age!) so all power to the ladies of Cantatrice who are singing to an amazing standard here in Sussex. A great weekend singing and listening to other choirs.

A final special mention to all these people who sang as soloists or in a small ensemble.

Jackie Reader, Sara Proctor, Barbara Richards, Margaret Wesley, Ann Barratt, Jill Allen, Joan Lennon, Linda Jordan and Jenny Hirst.

Marianne Davies was the engaging, articulate, fair, and excellent adjudicator – one of the best around.

Some of the Horsham singers celebrating our Bath success!
A great photo to celebrate International Women's Day! Friday 8 March 2019