Cantar Community Choir is an exciting non-auditioning choir founded in February 2015 by people with a passion for singing in choirs and a strong interest in both contemporary and classical choral works from around the globe. We enjoy singing a variety of musical genres and our core repertoire includes classical music, both church and secular, from all eras along with a range of popular, folk, gospel and jazz music, all sung in four to eight part harmony.
After a particularly enjoyable year in 2019, Cantar were excited to be planning a full calendar of events and performances for 2020. Then, whilst preparing our set lists and confirming our bookings, everything came to a very sudden halt. The arrival of the global pandemic and its lockdown restrictions meant our rehearsal rooms closed and we were unable to meet and sing together.
With the help and enthusiasm of Katie and Corey, members of our music team, we were very quickly introduced to Zoom Choir rehearsals! Throughout 2020 we continued to meet every week, learning new material, singing old favourites and keeping the spirit of Cantar alive. As we became more confident with the technology, we produced two videos, which can be seen on our Facebook page, we also held a summer special, a spooky Halloween evening and a festive end of year party! Thanks to the generosity of our members in these difficult times, we have also been able to support our two charities, Citizens Advice York and RAY Refugee Action York.
2021 has begun with similar challenges but we are feeling more positive that at some point, in the not too distant future, Cantar will be able to sing together again in person. We are very optimistic that one of our favourite events of the year, Singing in a Meadow, will go ahead in the summer so please keep an eye on our events page here or on Facebook. Alternatively, if you would like to go on our Mailing List to receive advance notice of our performances, please follow the relevant link below.
We have a diverse membership of over 50 singers of all ages. In normal circumstances, we meet on Monday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30 pm at The Priory Street Centre in York. We are currently looking to increase our Tenor and Bass sections so if you are interested do please get in touch. If you sing Soprano or Alto you are welcome to join our short waiting list, and we will contact you as spaces become available. The ability to read music is helpful but not essential, although you will need a good ear and the ability to sing in tune! For further information regarding membership please email us via the contact button below. Please also visit and 'like' our Facebook page to keep up to date with our activities. Cantar's aim, in addition to providing a wonderful singing experience for members in a friendly and welcoming environment, is to perform at a range of community, charity, arts and music events, to bring interesting and diverse choral singing to communities both locally and further afield.
Cantar’s Musical Director since February 2017, Katie has developed her skills whilst leading a number of choral groups at the University of York, including the York Glee Singers and Revelation Rock Gospel Choir. She has continued to develop and explore her long-standing passion for ensemble singing alongside a career in environmental sustainability.
As Cantar’s MD Katie has led Cantar in many successful concerts including the sharing of the platform with the nationally regarded Ian MacMillan, the Bard of Barnsley at Christmas 2017 and showcasing our widening repertoire in concerts at the University of York, St Michael Le Belfrey’s and the National Centre for Early Music.
Katie’s passion and enthusiasm for music is communicated to members and under her direction Cantar has developed into a choir with a loyal membership who enjoy rehearsing and performing in equal measure.