Christmas concert at Thorpe Market Church
The Cantamus Choir invites all to experience Christmas in a Small Country Church at their Christmas concert in the beautiful St Margaret’s Church in Thorpe Market.
Cantamus was the inspiration of Margaret Hunter, a member of the congregation at St Margaret's. Founded in 1998 by Ro Curtis, the choir soon established a reputation as a choir with a wide repertoire who perform great choral works.
For the last 5 years the choir had been based in a number of other venues. In September 2016 they returned to their roots and were welcomed once more at Thorpe Market church, a venue well known for its support of the arts and with vastly improved facilities to stage performances and exhibitions.
Their annual Christmas concert came to be loved by all, and now returns to the iconic setting of the picturesque church at Thorpe Market, lit only by candlelight, holly-entwined wooden staves at the end of each pew, beautifully chosen carols and mulled wine to lend further warmth.
Cantamus is now led by a new Director of Music, Philip Adams, pictured right. An experienced former chorister and organist who held several significant directorships across the country. Whilst in Brighton he organised concerts for the Brighton Festival, and sang with the Brighton Chamber Choir. He also taught music for 25 years at Cumnor House School, in Sussex.
Philip will be presenting this year’s Christmas concert with an innovative programme, quite different from the usual year-in, year-out repertoire of concerts prior to Christmas.
Cantamus will sing carols from early plainsong through the English and European mediaeval period, to the Early carols of 18th century America. All these carols will be interspersed around a Pastoral, Christmas Mass setting based on ancient elements of Slovak folk music, and European baroque music, by the Moravian composer and monk Edmund Pascha. There will also be Christmas readings and congregational carols.
To complete that typical 'country church at Christmas' ambience and for everyone's further enjoyment, there will be a glass of mulled wine during the interval.
The Christmas Concert is on Friday December 9 at 7.00pm. £8 admission on entry of which 50% of all income raised will be donated to the ‘new organ’ fund at Thorpe Market church.
The address is: St. Margaret of Antioch, Poppyland Group of Churches, Diocese of Norwich, Church Rd, Thorpe Market, Norwich NR11 8UA
For further information about joining the choir or attending our concert please contact the Secretary on 01263 833847 or by email on email@example.com.
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