Saturday 29th February 2020 – Our ladies braved the wind and chill to perform for the attendees of Pembrey Country Park Food Festival! As we all know the weather has not been so kind to us in the past few weeks and we felt the bite in the exposed but nonetheless naturally pretty surroundings of the country park. An energising repertoire was performed to keep everyone moving and on their toes. Even after our musical director Sam lost multiple pages of music to the wind, and suffered slow icy fingers due to the cold, the show kept on going, and with vigour! All in all we had a fantastic time and the attendees who braved it out gave us a fantastic reception (picture to follow).
Wednesday 12th February 2020 – Cantabile performed at their regular spot (2nd Wednesday of the month) again at St.Brides Castle. As usual the crowd made us feel most welcome, and Cantabile had the chance to debut a new accessory to our uniform, a rather fetching ‘musical notes’ scarf. Looking forward to our next St.Brides fixture on the 12th March.
Monday 23rd December 2019 – Cantabile rounded off a close to our year with a festive program again at the wonderful St. Brides castle. The night consisted of wonderful Christmas songs such as O Holy Night, Angels Carol, White Christmas, and even had some audience participation with traditional favourites such as Hark the herald angels sing, and O come all ye faithful. Not to rest on just Christmas included also were some upbeat year round pieces like Mamma Mia Medley and Rhythm Of Life (an audience favourite of the night!). Once again we particulalry enjoyed putting on concert in the wonderful venue that is St Brides Castle and look forward to many more performances there in the new year. From all at Cantabile Merry Christmas Everyone!
Saturday 30th November 2019 – Cantabile had the pleasure of supporting the ‘Sunshine Choir’ at their first ever performance at Pembroke Castle Christmas Fayre this weekend.
Pembrokeshire’s Sunshine Choir is a new creation, born of the ‘Music and Memories’ sessions which Rosita Roles has been running in the county for several years. The sessions are being held in Crundale and Pembroke and are designed for people with dementia as well as their carers. Inspired by Vicky McClure’s Dementia Choir and encouraged by conductor Sam Howley, Rosita decided to set up her own dementia choir in the summer of 2019.
Amongst the wafting spices of mulled wine and glitter of tinsel decked trees, the crowd were delighted to join in with songs such as White Christmas, Lets go fly a kite and O christmas tree (with German verse courtesy of Cantabile). The performance climaxed with an arrangement of the famous ‘Sing’ written by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Great fun was had by all and what a way to kick off the festive season. As well as Sam for conducting, special thanks to Seimon Morris for accompanying the choir. Below is a fantastic video and some photos documenting the day (video credit: Caroline Juler).
Wednesday 20th November 2019 – This evening Cantabile hit the stage at the Adams Bucketful of Hope Fantasy Fashion Show, which took place at the Merlin Theatre Haverfordwest. The Fashion portion of the show was a huge success, with Bucketeers showcasing stunning outfits all drawn from the racks of the shop in dew street, strutted the catwalk like true professionals. Each of the outfits was available for purchase after the show, and they flew off the shelves, raising great sums for the charity. Cantabile performed two small sections of music to compliment the show, consisting of pieces such as Karl Jenkins Adiemus and tinntinabulum, a Mamma Mia medley, Rhythm of life, Memory from cats, Blackbird and Don’t stop me. We recieved a great reception from the audience and all throughly enjoy performing and watching the show. Our own Katie Thomas, who volunteers at Adams Bucketful of Hope doing hair and beauty treatments, also treated us to a solo, Emeli Sande – Breathing Underwater. More Pictures to follow!
Saturday 28th September 2019 – Cantabile were very pleased to support the Haverfordwest Music Marathon at St Mary’s Church. We performed a 45 minute medley of songs old and new to a very supportive and appreciative audience, all to help raise money for Cancer Research. A great time was had by all.
Tuesday 13th August 2019 – what a way to end our 2019 summer term – with not 1, not 2, but 3 perfomances at Pembrokeshire County Show! Thank you to Pure West Radio for hosting us on the main stage – the ladies all sounding as wonderful as they looked.
Wednesday 17th and 31st July and 7th August 2019 – The choir sang at the lovely Lawrenny Arms, on the banks of the Cleddau River. The weather was mostly kind to us and we had a great reception. Thank you very much to the Lawrenny Arms for hosting us and thanks to all those who supported us. We really enjoyed ourselves.