Our last concert:

Cantilena in 2017



St Nicolas Church, Cranleigh

Saturday 11th February at 4.30 pm



Are you suffering from post-Christmas blues? Then banish them by coming to Cantilena’s Carols for Candlemas Concert! Candlemas used to be regarded as the end of the Christmas season, a kind of last fling before knuckling down to the rigours of Lent and the last two months of winter. Our programme consists of music and carols through the ages with a Christmas and winter theme along with seasonal readings. You will hear medieval and renaissance ‘visiting’ carols, music from the late 16th century by Victoria and from the early 17th century by Monteverdi, plus Poulenc’s beautiful Litanies à la Vierge Noire and carols by Benjamin Britten, Darke’s In the bleak midwinter and the jolly Mistletoe Carol by Andrew Carter. There’s something for everyone!



The concert is in St Nicolas Church, Cranleigh at 4.30pm, with mulled drinks served from 4pm. The concert will finish by 6.30pm.

Tickets bought in advance are £12 and are available by

Email: cantilena.info@gmail.com

Post: Cantilena, 27 Mead Rd, Cranleigh, GU6 7BQ

Phone: 01483 275489

Tickets bought at the door are £15


School age children are £5

(Cheques made payable to Cantilena)









Cantilena return to Brandenburg Choral Festival

We are performing again in the chapel of the Grange Wellington Hotel, 71 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PA on Sunday 9th April 2017 at 5.30pm. The programme will consist of delicious music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.




Cantilena in 2016

Sunday 6th March

We sang at the 9.30am service in St Michael's Partridge Green on Sunday 6th March.

Mass setting - Haydn: Little Organ Mass (arranged for high voices), Introi- Mendelssohn:Veni Domine and the music at Communion- Elgar's Ave verum corpus. Great to have the opportunity to sing fantastic music in its sacred context. Thanks Fr William!



Saturday 21st May


SPRING CONCERT with harpist Heather Wrighton.


The programme  included Holst's Choral Hymns from The Rig Veda set 3 as well as his Two Eastern Pictures (Spring and Summer) which are old favourites of ours. These were accompanied by Heather who also played a couple of harp solos.

We sang some more music for high voices and piano by Alec Rowley, having enjoyed his work before. And we also tackled the unaccompanied Six Elizabethan Lyrics by Kenneth Leighton - not easy pieces, but we enjoyed mastering this excellent music. Various folksong arrangements by Britten, with very effective harp accompaniments, completed the programme.

Thanks to the large and very appreciative audience for supporting us - do come again!











Music for Michaelmas



Saturday 1st October 2016, 7.30 pm


St Michael and All Angels Church, Partridge Green



Music by Palestrina, Victoria, Lassus, Monteverdi and others for high voices and organ.



We repeated this concert as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival on November 13th in the lovely chapel of the Grange Wellington Hotel, London.




Concerts in 2015

We started the year with our now traditional Candlemas Concert on 31st January in St John's Broadbridge Heath.


Our second concert was a programme of music reflecting life from the medieval Carmina Burana manuscript, coupled with songs of love by the nineteenth century composer Brahms. This concert was in St Michael's, Partridge Green on Saturday 16th May.


Our third outing of the year was on Saturday 17th October. The programme included the Missa Sancti Aloysii by Michael Haydn, the under-rated brother of the more famous Joseph, and a beautiful Magnificat by the French Baroque composer Charpentier. Both these pieces were accompanied by strings and organ. There were also motets plus psalm and canticle settings 










Carols for Candlemas


St Michael’s Church, Partridge Green


A sequence of music celebrating the end of Christmas including George Dyson’s A Christmas Garland, medieval carols and seasonal music from the 16th and 20th centuries


Tickets £12





THURSDAYS 10.30-11.30am

Vocal Work Out Classes


St John’s Church, Broadbridge Heath, RH12 3LD


Give your voice a New Year overhaul. Open to all singers. Suitable for all levels – sight-reading not necessary!


All 5 classes £38, drop-in class £10




SATURDAY 17th MAY, 7.30pm

A Garland of Songs


St Nicolas Church, Cranleigh, GU6 8AS


Music with a floral theme to celebrate Cranleigh in Bloom.

The Seasons - Alec Rowley

Flower Songs – Michael Hurd

Two Eastern Pictures – Gustav Holst

Madrigals and Partsongs


Tickets £12




SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER, 7.30 pm

Hymns to the Virgin


St John’s Church, Broadbridge Heath, RH12 3LD


Music written across the centuries in honour of the Virgin Mary


Tickets £12




How to buy tickets:


Email cantilena.info@gmail.com

Phone 01483 275489




Cantilena  is a small chamber choir for female voices based in the Horsham/Cranleigh area. Many of the singers are music teachers and most play an instrument to a high standard: all have a love for singing and a desire to tackle a varied and challenging repertoire. Previous concerts have included Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass, Byrd’s Mass for Three Voices, Fauré’s Messe Basse, medieval carols, plainsong, themed madrigals and partsongs for a Flower Festival, barbershop arrangements. Cantilena  sings a cappella as well as accompanied by organ, piano and other instruments as necessary. Cantilena  is also available for weddings and functions. Forces can vary from a soloist, duet or small consort to the full ensemble including instruments.






Mass at St Michael's, Partridge Green

A new venture for Cantilena in 2014 has been singing a fully choral mass at St Michael's, Partridge Green. We aim to do this 3 or 4 times a year.


On Sunday 1st June we sang the Byrd Three Part mass with Costantini's Confitemini Domino as the introit and Mozart's Ave verum corpus as the communion motet.

Then, on 7th September, the mass setting was Michael Hurd's Missa Brevis with motets by Mendelssohn (Laudate Pueri) and Morales (In die tribulationes).


On Sunday 7th December all the music was by Fauré.

Our next visit is Sunday 7th June with the mass setting by Byrd in Three Parts and Panis Angelicus (Franck) as the communion motet.


A weekend at Chichester Cathedral

A group of us had a fantastic August Bank Holiday weekend singing the services in Chichester Cathedral. This was no mean feat as there were only ten of us at each service, plus our wonderful organists, Hugh Crook (on Saturday) and David Hansell (Sunday). We sang four services in all, with three on Sunday but were fortified by regular visits to the Cathedral Refectory! The Sanders Te Deum I think was my highlight as we pulled off a hard piece in 6 parts! But the standard all weekend was phenomenal. The clergy and vergers were lovely, very supportive and friendly and seemed genuinely very pleased with us. Looking at the music list again, no wonder we were a bit tired at the end, but what a way to spend the bank holiday!






Saturday 23 August


Evensong 5.30

Responses: Darlington

Canticles: Marshall in C

Anthem: Mendelssohn - Laudate Pueri



Sunday 24 Aug


Mattins 10am

Responses: Darlington

Canticles: Sanders

Anthem: Morales - In die tribulationis


Eucharist 11am

Hurd - Missa Brevis (no Kyrie)

Communion motet: Mozart - Ave verum corpus


Evensong 3.30

Responses: Darlington

Canticles: Mag - de Rore; Nunc - plainchant

Anthem: Costantini - Confitemini Domino