'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.

Cantare performs in a variety of venues, from churches to bandstands, and takes part in local and national competitions. This year, 2021, after months of being unable to sing together, Cantare took part in the Southend Music Festival and are very proud to have been awarded - The H. W. L. Hobbs Challenge Shield for the Premier Class for Choirs and The Musical Council Shield for the Ladies Choirs class. Cantare were also awarded the Freda Parry Presentation bowl for “the most outstanding all-round choral performance’, and The Claire Singers Award for ‘the most moving choral performance’ of the festival.

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

Booking the Choir
If you would like to book the choir for an upcoming performance or event, please contact us via the form on the Contact page.

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Forthcoming Event
Saturday 11th December '21
Christmas Concert
Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh.
We are very pleased to tell you that on 1st September, 2021, Cantare had their first face to face rehearsal
All Covid rules were obeyed meaning we stood a metre by 2 metres apart, but  were able to sing together as a choir, what joy it was to hear one another and feel like a choir once again!
Please note, we will be rehearsing at Heycroft Primary school, Benvenue Ave,   SS9 5SJ  for the Autumn term


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