Double Gold for Cantate
14 August 2014
Mixed voice youth choir Cantate has returned from the World Choir Games in Latvia as a double gold medal winner.
Cantate, now in its twentieth year, is particularly remarkable as it currently runs three choirs that are open to anyone to join, without audition. Its repertoire spans classical, pop and world music genres, and the choirs perform regularly across the UK as well as abroad. All members are given percussion and rhythm workshops as part of their musical education, and their bursary fund means that no student is turned away on financial grounds.
The World Choir Games is the world’s largest choir competition. It takes place every two years, each time on a different continent. This year the Games was held in Riga, Latvia, with 29 categories open to amateur choirs of any genre or line-up. Cantate has taken part in previous Games, winning a gold medal in Austria 2008.
Cantate has been led by Nicholas Shaw and Graham Instrall since 2010, who head an inspirational team of pianists, directors and singing teachers. The choir is proud to have the active support of three honorary patrons: Baroness Genista McIntosh, Lord Walker of Gestingthorpe and composer Mark-Anthony Turnage.