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Let us Sing You to Heaven, with Conductor in Residence Jonathan Willcocks

Sing Me to Heaven
‘sing me a lullaby, a long song, sing me to heaven…’ Jane Griner

Saturday March 3, 7:30 pm
The Spire, Sydenham St United Church
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The Cantabile Choirs of Kingston present ‘Sing Me to Heaven’, featuring conductor in residence Jonathan Willcocks, visiting from the UK to lead the teen and adult choirs in a concert of music to uplift and inspire.

The program for this concert is a combination of works pulled from the canon of great choral music, new arrangements and a piece composed by Jonathan Willcocks for the Cantabile Choirs to premiere for our audiences. This is a challenging program for our singers, which they are very excited to share with their audience.

The varied repertoire for our teen choirs includes beautiful lyric works like The Lake of Innisfree by Eleanor Daley, two works by our guest conductor, including a brand new arrangement of O Holy Jesus for our Young Men and Billy Joel’s popular Piano Man. The teen choirs will come together to sing the uplifting spiritual The Storm is Passing Over, sure to get the audience clapping along.

Our Women’s Choir will perform three movements from Five Shakespeare Songs, composed by Jonathan Willcocks father, Sir David Willcocks, also a highly esteemed and much performed composer. They will also perform Here In My Heart, by Canadian and former Women’s Choir member Sarah Quartel.

The Men’s Chorus will also sing a piece by Ms. Quartel, as well as a lovely arrangement of Fields of Gold by Sting, in a beautiful arrangement by Ethan Perry, and a rousing version of He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.

Together the Men’s and Women’s Choruses are thrilled and proud to perform the world premiere of There Is Sweet Music, composed for Cantabile in honor of Richard and Helen Beard.

The choirs will come together to perform the final movement from Jonathan Willcocks’ Gloria, Quoniam tu solus sanctus, a grand and fitting finale.

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About Our Special Guest:

When our singers and audiences have the opportunity to observe guest artists at work, they are introduced to new musical styles and sensibilities. This provides excellent growth opportunities, and a new perspective on the art of making choral music, especially as Cantabile’s guest artists are acclaimed professionals from across the globe, whose expertise our singers and audiences would never have the chance to enjoy otherwise. Jonathan Willcocks is currently Musical Director of the Guildford Choral Society and the Chichester Singers. He is an accomplished composer whose works are performed internationally. As a guest conductor and clinician, Jonathan has appeared in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, China and throughout Europe and the UK. He has conducted in many of the world’s major concert halls, including the Carnegie Hall, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Perth Concert Hall, Australia. In the UK he frequently appears at Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London and Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Cantabile is delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to collaborate with one of the world’s finest musicians. We look forward to sharing the music we make together with our audiences.

Sing Me to Heaven is performed In Honor of Richard and Helen Beard.
Thanks to our Accommodation Sponsor The Secret Garden Inn.  We are very lucky to have them hosting our guest in such warm comfort.

Sing Along for The Spire!

A Sing Along for The Spire!
Sunday February 4, 2:00 pm

The Spire, Sydenham St United Church

Join Mark Sirett, AD of the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, David Melhorn-Boe, choir director at Chalmers and Sydenham St United Churches, soprano Kathryn McConnell and other special guests in a lighthearted afternoon of singing. At what has now become a popular annual event, Kingston music-lovers of all ages are invited to sing their hearts out for a good cause. Coming together with friends and family to sing and have fun at informal and unstructured gatherings used to be a common occurrence. “Sing Alongs” may not be as common now, but if you miss the experience of community singing, here’s your chance!  Sing along with folk songs, popular tunes, broadway show stoppers…and you don’t even know the words, as everything will be projected in big bold print to make it easy to join in.

Admission is free. Donations in support of The Spire and its ongoing renovations will be gratefully accepted. Hope to see – and hear – you at The Spire, Sydenham St Church, Sunday Feb 4.

What is The Spire? For more than 160 years the historic church at 82 Sydenham St. has been a notable Kingston landmark. Now known as The Spire, it is now becoming a community hub, supporting a wide constituency of groups. Learn more at

January Open Rehearsals


Due to inclement weather, the Open Rehearsal for the Junior Choir has been  postponed until Friday January 19, from 4:15 to 5:15.

There are openings in the Junior, Children’s and Teen Choirs for the second semester this season. Interested parents , children and teens are invited to a rehearsal to join in the singing or watch and see what they are like. There is no need to sign up for the open rehearsals, but any questions can be directed to Hollie at

Children (10 – 13 years):  Wednesday Jan 10 from 4:15 to 5:15
Beginning in  January the Children’s Choir will be preparing for the April 14 performance of Willie Wonka, a concert version of the charming musical, directed by Brett Christopher, Artistic Producer at the Thousand Island Playhouse.
Teens:  Thursday Jan 11  Young Women – 3:30 Young Men – 4:30
Our teens will be preparing for the residency of guest conductor, the wonderful Jonathan Willcocks from the UK, as well as for their time with the Bicycle Opera Project in May.
Juniors (8 & 9 years): Friday Jan. 12 from 4:15 to 5:15 The Junior Choir will be getting ready for their second appearance this season, at the April 14th concert entitled Sing Me A Rainbow.

There is no appointment needed, just arrive before the rehearsal begins. We’ll be there to say hello, and answer any questions. For more information, email