Steyning Gospel Christmas at the Steyning Centre

Despite some absolutely dreadful weather last Saturday the hall was nearly packed and would have been if the rain hadn't kept them away! A totally awesome afternoon of upbeat gospel, moving spirituals and fantastic brass arrangements from the band. Steyning sang Feel Good, All my Trials and were then joined by the Kaleidoscope Singers and band for Joy to the World. 'Sometimes I feel' sung by Kaleidoscope was chromatic and soulful arrangement - beautifully sung and performed - a short audience number 'Mary had a baby' followed then we finished with two numbers from the band to rousing applause. The ladies of Kaleidoscope gave us 'Jotful Joyful with a great solo from Nikki to start then a moving song 'My Lord what a morning' with full choir. Hail Holy Queen and Raise Your Voice from Cantatrice raised the roof - the obligatory 12 days of Christmas with moves, two stunning pieces from the band and finishing with a Soulful Halleluia - a brilliant end to a brilliant evening. Pictures and video to come!

​Christmas Gospel St Marks Holbrook with Singergy and Live Band

Fantastic audience, great atmosphere and superb singing. Cantatrice sang Witness arr K Shaw, Joy to the World, Halleujah in the first half and in the 2nd Hail Holy Queen (Sister Act) a very moving performance of All my Trials and finally raising the roof with Raise your Voice again from Sister Act - those last three with moves!
Singergy a gospel choir from Horsham and the newly form East Grinstead group led by the charismatic and delightful Anna Straughton bought us some high energy contemporary gospel music which the audience loved - a completely different style to Cantatrice. 
Add to that some beautiful, upbeat and excellent arrangements from the band and the evening was wonderful. Band members were Paul Newton on 1st Tpt, Hayley Peace 2nd tpt, Bryony Prior horn, Jim Prior Trombone, Gary Prior Tuba, Pete Cater drums - Gary also played piano for Cantatrice - a busy evening for him!
We all joined together for the contemporary Gospel number Higher & Higher which bought the concert to a rousing end.

​Concert with Redcliff School, London

On Tuesday 9 October we travelled to London to share a concert with the young pupils of Redcliff School - our third trip and invitation from the excellent Head of Music, Kate Burnett. I say excellent because the whole school sings and most of them play a musical instrument or are part of one of the many choirs. In this climate of cuts it takes a strong, passionate person to inspire the young to love music. Kate deserves an award for bringing music alive in the school.
Cantatrice sang seven songs in total ranging from pop & jazz to classical and musicals - a nice variety for the school to hear. The lovely Nick Bosworth accompanied us brilliantly, Gaz having to be at work. The school in turn, danced, played many instruments including horn and harp, recited and sang. Such talent - it was incredible. 
It was a super day and even the traffic wasn't too bad!

Lindfield Arts Festival Saturday 22 September    1.45 - 2.45

An invite to appear in the annual Lindfield Arts Festival near Haywards Heath came right at the beginning of our term but with our well known programme from our summer concert the ladies were confident, happy and most importantly, on form! With our theme of 'Atmosphere' our songs about rain were very apt though we did have some sunny ones later on and being September we finished with the Earth Wind & Fire classic of that name. The United Reform Church was a super venue, lovely acoustics and a very warm feeling. A small but appreciative audience but a great success which was also thanks to a member of the Kaleidoscope Singers who arranged for the two choirs to perform. Kaleidoscope sang a beautiful arrangement of 'Moon River' to start their eclectic programme, bringing some refined and challenging repertoire to the concert. The extra bonus was having violinist Rob Campkin playing the obligato solo for Elgar's The Snow (some stunning phrasing!) and getting our pulses racing with his fiery performance of Libertango (Piazzolla) arranged for violin and piano. The final honours though, should go to Gaz who accompanied Cantatrice and Rob but who also sang with the Kaleidoscope Singers. 

Seasons of Love Horsham Friday 6 July, St Marks Church

How lovely to share our final concert with the men of Vocal Fusion Acapella, Bill Brown on drums and of course our own very special Gaz on piano! A fantastic end to our very busy year and singing to a VERY appreciative audience. Jai Ho with the wonderful choreography from some of the ladies was spectacular and how very versatile the choir is!
Other favourites were ‘I dreamed of rain’ & ‘Grace’ – but the whole programme just clicked and was immensely proud of you.
A ​brilliant day and you know she spent an hour on warmups! Never complain again that I go on too much!!!! Loads of tricks, techniques and above all fun. It was disappointing that the concert was a little too long and took the emphasis away from you and all your hard work but what we got out of the day was well worth it. Another Workshop will happen in January 2020 – I ​mention it because some people have already been asking. You can just about see Sally in the background

Sally Mclean Barbershop Workshop Saturday 9 June, Steyning Centre

Steyning Festival Friday 8 June, Steyning Centre

​The only picture was Barbara taking the warmups and I still kick myself for not turning on the video recorder as your singing of The Snow was very moving – you could hear the audience go ‘ah!!’ at the end. Rob’s wonderful playing of the Libertango bought the house down and so good was the whole concert that we gave them an encore – which took some of you by surprise!

London Sangerstevne Saturday 19 May, St Sepulchres Church

Superb singing from the ladies of Cantatrice who travelled by coach to St Sepulchre's Church in London to sing as part of the this annual festival of choirs. Unfortunately things didn't work out quite as expected - the organisation very lacking but we found out that the quadrant at St Bart's Hospital had great acoustics!

St Catherines Hospice Sunday 11 March, Drill Hall, Horsham

​Five years since Laura died in November! and what a way to remember her and to support St Catherine’s Hospice. Joining us were the Pleasure Singers, North Singers, Rachel Ellis and Rob Campkin violins
​Huge thanks to Beverly for the St Catherine’s display – Ann and Caitlin for food and ALL who helped with St Catherine’s, Raffle, Tea, Cake, Wine, Tickets & Programmes