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.