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. 2019 was a particularly enjoyable and busy year for the choir. The main focus of the first half of the year was centred on welcoming the Bloemfontein Kinder Choir from South Africa. We had an amazing time entertaining the group of forty-five 9 to 16 year olds accompanied by their world-renowned team of musicians and choreographers. It was a truly wonderful experience for us all and a full account of their visit can be found on the Noticeboard. In early summer we shared a concert with the The Radcliffe Ladies Choir during their visit to York and we also enjoyed another lovely evening at the Three Hagges Woodmeadow as guests of the Woodmeadow Trust. The autumn took us to Cawood church for a return concert which was then closely followed by our Christmas activities. We supported SASH at their fundraising event on Advent Sunday and the following week we sang carols in York city centre raising money for our two charities. We also entertained the residents of Ebor Court Care Home in Nether Poppleton. The grand finale of the year was our ever popular Christmas Concert, Wassail. We returned to St Michael le Belfry and we were delighted to welcome back Ian McMillan and Luke Carver-Goss for a thoroughly entertaining start to the festive season. 2020 is already looking to be another busy year so do please keep an eye on our Events page or for advance notice of our concerts why not sign up to our mailing list Friends of Cantar (see Noticeboard for full details).
We have a diverse membership of over 50 singers of all ages. We meet on Monday evenings from 7.30 pm 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 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.