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. Cantar enjoyed an exciting and successful Autumn/Winter 2018 Season loosely themed around 'Night and Day', performing in a charity concert at Haxby and Wiggington Methodist Church in October, and singing for and with communities at Tang Hall Community Centre's Yourcafe, Hartrigg Oaks and Abbey Lea Care Home. We also enjoyed singing Christmas carols in the centre of York.
However the highlight of our season was our Christmas Concert at the National Centre for Early Music, where the choir performed an expansive range of beautiful Christmas music, complemented by atmospheric readings. The candlelight and carolling along with our audience in such a wonderful space made the event extra special, leaving choir and audience with a warm Christmas glow to take into the night air!
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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 actively recruiting tenors and basses, and run a waiting list system when parts are over-subscribed.
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.
We are delighted to welcome Katie Privett to Cantar as our new Musical Director. Katie is both a pianist and a singer and has a broad experience of singing in choirs including auditioning youth choirs, non-auditioning pop, rock and gospel choirs, church choirs and large scale ensembles such as York's University Choir. A science graduate of the University of York, Katie has previously led York's Revelation Rock Gospel Choir and the York Glee Singers.
Katie is a passionate and enthusiastic musician and we all look forward to the next phase of Cantar’s development with her as our conductor.