'High-quality, passionate, committed and fun' - these were the principles that fuelled Cantare when it was created back in 2010, and since then, the choir has become one of the most prominent choirs for women in the Southend area. Now under the Directorship of Elizabeth Elliott, the choir is continuing to develop a wide range of repertoire that both challenges and excites its members, and entertains its audiences across Essex.

AwardsCantare performs in a variety of venues, from churches to bandstands, and takes part in local and national competitions. Highlights from these include winning first prize at both Chelmsford and Southend Music Festivals. At the Southend Festival, on several occassions, the choir have been proud to have won the Freda Parry Presentation bowl for “the most outstanding all-round choral performance” , the Musical Council Shield and the HWL Hobbs Challenge Shield. On a national level, Cantare was named ‘Choir of the Day’ at the regional round of the National Choir of the Year Competition, having delighted judges with a programme that ranged from Hungarian folk music to 1920s swing.

Cantare rehearses every Wednesday evening (during school term time) at Southend High School for Boys, from 7:30pm. If you are interested in joining, please contact us using the form on the Contact page

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Due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus Cantare rehearsals at Southend High School have been suspended.
We continue to enjoy singing together on-line via Zoom.
 We hope it wont be too long before we are able to sing together and share our music with you.
Stay safe and healthy!