Monday Music was set up promote the benefits of singing for well-being. Its 65 or so members are mainly residents of Canterbury and its surrounding areas who meet once a week to sing together.

The choir was originally a project choir, intended to run for one academic term. But as numbers grew and the choir flourished, it became a regular fixture in its members’ lives and is still going strong after several years. Together we’ve performed concerts in St Gregory's Centre for Music and Westgate Hall, Canterbury.

There’s no need to be able to read music, as Monday Music doesn’t use sheet music but we do use lyric sheets. Our wide repertoire is built around familiar music, new music and simple, fun rounds.

Join in with Monday Music

Membership is open to all and is entirely based on a desire to sing with others. No audition is required.

Where and when

Rehearsals take place on Mondays from 11am - 12noon, at:

St Paul's Church,
Church Street St Paul's, Canterbury CT1 1NH

Autumn 2016 Term starts:

September 19th

There will be a half term break on tbd.

Membership Fee

The membership fee is £2.50 per week or £30.00 per term, and can be paid weekly or per term, by cash, cheque or online.

Pay online

Online payments will be introduced for Monday Music at the beginning of 2017.

Gift Aid

You can download the Canterbury Cantata Trust gift aid declaration form by clicking this link. Please hand in the completed form at a rehearsal or post to the Trust at our contact address.

For more information contact the Membership Secretary: Maggie Smith

Skylarks/ Sing to Beat Parkinson's

Sing to Beat Parkinson’s groups are singing groups for people with Parkinso
n’s, and their friends. The first group (Skylarks) was founded in 2010 by Roger Clayton and Grenville Hancox to enable People with Parkinson’s to better express themselves, and to relieve some of the symptoms they experience.

The groups use techniques shown by over 10 years of research to help those with Parkinson’s or dementia to maintain or improve their psychological and physical wellbeing through taking part in regular singing activity. Many people with Parkinson’s have vocal problems, and regular singing can help to strengthen the voice.

Listen to BBC report ‘Singing in a choir brings both health and happiness (Skylarks extract from 14:30) We think that member Tony Lord’s singing of ‘Streets of London’ must be one of the most convincing demonstrations of the impact of singing for people with Parkinson’s.

Grenville says, “When we sing, it’s almost completely impossible to think about anything else – so people’s awareness is concerned purely with singing. This focus can have enormous benefits – it certainly makes me feel better!”

The sessions provide a supportive and friendly environment where people can engage in beneficial physical activity and form new friendships.

Watch a Sing to Beat Parkinson’s group in action 

Join Canterbury Sing to Beat Parkinson’s

Canterbury Skylarks has sung at local residential care homes and is involved in an inter-generational project with a local secondary school.

Where and when

Canterbury Sing to Beat Parkinson’s meets every Tuesday in term time from xxpm-xxpm at:

St Paul's Church Hall,
Church Street St Paul's, Canterbury CT1 1NH

Membership Fee

The membership fee is £2.50 per week and can be paid weekly, by cash or cheque.

Pay online

Online payments will be available from the start of 2017.

Gift Aid

You can download the Canterbury Cantata Trust gift aid declaration form by clicking this link. Please hand in the completed form at a rehearsal or post to the Trust at our contact address.

All are welcome. If a friend brings you, they’re welcome to sing too!

For more information contact Roger Clayton

 

Join Pimlico Sing to Beat Parkinson’s

The Pimlico group has been going since January 2014, and meets on alternate Mondays. Over 30 enthusiastic and hardworking singers are developing a large repertoire and a very fine sound. Some members have been so enthused by singing with others that they’ve also joined in with activities with other groups.

Where and when

Pimlico Sing to Beat Parkinson’s meets on alternate Mondays in term time from XXpm-XXpm at:

Peabody Thameslink building,

Pimlico

Membership Fee

The membership fee is £2.50 per week, and can be paid by cash or cheque.

Pay online

Online payments will be available from the start of 2017.

Gift Aid

You can download the Canterbury Cantata Trust gift aid declaration form by clicking this link. Please hand in the completed form at a rehearsal or post to the Trust at our contact address.

All are welcome. If a friend brings you, they’re welcome to sing too!

For more information contact Roger Clayton

 

Join Medway Sing to Beat Parkinson’s

Medway Sing to Beat Parkinson’s is a new group which had its first rehearsal on January 14th. Here is the pdf version of the press release.  Also copied below:

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Where and when

Medway Sing to Beat Parkinson’s will meet at the University of Kent on the Universities at Medway campus. More information will be available soon.

Membership Fee

The membership fee is £2.50 per week and can be paid weekly, by cash or cheque.

Pay online

Online payments will be available from the start of 2017.

Gift Aid

You can download the Canterbury Cantata Trust gift aid declaration form by clicking this link. Please hand in the completed form at a rehearsal or post to the Trust at our contact address.

For more information contact Roger Clayton

Start a new Sing to Beat Parkinson’s group

Our aim is to see Sing to Beat Parkinson’s groups helping people with Parkinson’s to enjoy a better quality of life all over the UK. If there’s no group in your area, and you’d like to join one, or facilitate one, we’d love to hear from you!

To get the ball rolling, contact Roger Clayton, who’s compiling a national list of groups that use singing and music to help People with Parkinson’s. He’ll check to see if there’s already a group in your area, and if not, we’ll look into starting one!

The Amici Chorus is a community choir of around 100 singers. ‘Amici’ means ‘friends’ in Italian, and everyone is given a warm welcome. Amici is open to people of all ages and abilities. We perform a wide variety of music, including large scale works - Vivaldi's Gloria in December 2012, Schubert's Mass in G in June 2013, Handel's Messiah in December 2013 and Rossini's Petite Messe Solonnelle in March 2014 and Vivaldi Gloria in December 2014.

The choir began with many people unable to read music, but as an ambitious and hard-working group we’re proud of our most recent achievement - a performance in November 2015 of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with a sell-out audience of 350.

Join the Amici Chorus

Whether you’ve never sung before or are a trained singer, you’re welcome to join the Amici Chorus. There’s no audition, and you can try a session with us before you join. Why not bring a friend or five along with you as well? Singing in a large group is an experience like no other, so come and see what it’s all about. You don't need to be able to read music – though we can’t promise that you won’t learn how!

Where and when

Amici Chorus rehearses on Wednesdays in term time from 5.30pm-7.30pm at:

St Paul's Church,
Church Street St Paul's, Canterbury CT1 1NH

Membership Fee

The membership fee is £25.00 per term or £70 per year, and can be paid by cash, cheque or online. Members also need to buy their own music. NB It is our aim that no-one should be excluded from singing with Amici, so if you’d like to join but are concerned about fees, you’re invited to discuss this in confidence with the Membership Secretary.

Pay online

On line payments will be available for the start of 2017.

Gift Aid

You can download the Canterbury Cantata Trust gift aid declaration form by clicking this link. Please hand in the completed form at a rehearsal or post to the Trust at our contact address.

For more information contact the Membership Secretary, Vicky Bradburn

Canterbury Cantata is a small choir of 22-28 experienced singers who come together by invitation of the Director to realise challenging choral repertoire to the highest possib
le amateur standards.

Watch a Canterbury Cantata performance

We perform regularly in venues such as the Colyer Ferguson Hall, Canterbury and the beautiful church of St Mary and St Eanswythe, Folkestone, as well as performing in Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

Canterbury Cantata draws on an extensive a capella repertoire ranging from the 16th to the 21st centuries, and has performed world premieres of music by emerging young composers as well as major choral works with orchestra, reflecting our desire to present challenging opportunities for skilled amateur singers.

In addition, we perform together with groups within the community sharing the power of choral singing with People with Parkinson's and other caring organisations.

Highly regarded for its performances, Canterbury Cantata often sings for and on behalf of other organisations, in fundraising events which support the Trust or other activities. Cantata sang to inaugurate the Ancestors’ Exhibition of medieval stained glass at Canterbury Cathedral and has contributed through fund-raising concerts to various churches in the local area.

Join Canterbury Cantata

Membership is by audition only and at the invitation of the Music Director. If you would like to join, please contact Roshna Ahmad

Where and when

Canterbury Cantata is a project choir, so rehearsal dates, times and venues vary throughout the year.

Membership Fee

The membership fee is £30.00 per term, and can be paid by cash, cheque or online. Members also need to buy their own music. NB It is our aim that no-one should be excluded from singing through financial concerns. If you are invited to join but are concerned about fees or music costs, you are welcome to discuss this in confidence with Roshna.

Pay online

Pay your membership fees online here.

This is a new service which we would very much like all Canterbury Cantata members to use.  As y0u are the guinea pigs please be patient with us as we work out our processes for online payment.

Gift Aid

You can download the Canterbury Cantata Trust gift aid declaration form by clicking this link. Please hand in the completed form at a rehearsal.

For more information contact Roshna Ahmad

 

Join a Canterbury Cantata Trust choir to experience the benefits and enjoyment of singing for yourself.