Cantabile launches the new season with Hope & Glory!


Hope-and-GloryThe Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, under the direction of Dr. Mark Sirett, launches its 21st season with Hope & Glory, a regal tribute to the magnificent choral traditions of the United Kingdom.
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Some of the greatest composers from the ‘land of hope and glory’ will be heard:  Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten and John Tavener.  In addition to these familiar names the choirs will present some of the newest music from her majesty’s realm. Audiences will also be treated to several contemporary ‘classics’ which will surprise and delight.

The children will perform the enchanting Birds by Benjamin Britten plus the rollicking toe-tapper Two for the Price of One based on two traditional English folksongs by Andrew Carter.  Don’t be surprised by the arrival a stage full of feline friends in a selection from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats!

The Young Men’s Chorus will present a traditional English Glee, the hilarious Yorkshire farmers’ song Chicken’s in the Garden and one of the classics by the Beatles Here Comes the Sun.  The Young Women will perform Want to Meet You, a very sassy cabaret song by Cecilia McDowell and the exquisite Catch a Falling Star by one of Cantabile’s honorary patrons, Bob Chilcott.  Together, the teen choirs will present one of the current classic of the pop scene, Rolling in the Deep by British powerhouse Adele.

The Men’s Chorus is pleased to present the world premiere of A Kind Heart by the young award-winning composer, Matthew Emery.  The work was commissioned by Cantabile in memory of Dr. Kevin Parker, a devoted and much loved founding member of the ensemble.

The Men and Women will present several choral gems of the twentieth century, lush, provocative and moving:  the ethereal Hymn to the Mother of God by John Tavener, The Turtle Dove arranged by Vaughan Williams’ and Holst’s Dirge for Two Veterans plus his double chorus masterpiece, Ave Maria.

Among the most memorable moments of Cantabile concerts are the combined choir pieces, when all the singers come together to fill the hall with the remarkable sound of over 200 voices. For this concert, the combined choirs will raise the roof in O Clap Your Hands by Vaughan Williams and Peace, Triumphant Peace from The Peace Makers by Welsh composer, Sir Karl Jenkins.

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September Open House!

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The Cantabile Choirs of Kingston invite interested children & teens to an Open House. Learn about the upcoming season, do some singing, & have some fun!

Teen singers:
Thursday Sept 8, 4:00 to 5:30 pm. There will be a quick sing of the combined Young Men and Young Women’s Choirs, followed by an information session about our upcoming season and the concerts the Youth Singers will be involved in, including updates on the proposed trip to Cuba.

Monday Sept 12, Children’s Choir  4:15 to 5:15
Friday Sept 23, Junior Choir 4:15 to 5:15
Visitors are welcome to join a rehearsal, do some singing, enjoy some light refreshments and learn a little bit about us.  If interested, a short and friendly audition will happen immediately after rehearsal.

If you would like some information on our Open Houses, please email



Celebrating the Tides of Time on May 28

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Our 20th anniversary season came to a rousing and heartfelt conclusion on Saturday May 28th. A capacity crowd thrilled to the sounds of the Youth Singers, Men’s and Women’s Choruses and a special 80 voice Reunion Choir, featuring former members of the Youth Singers. These alumni travelled home to Kingston from far and wide to reconnect and share memories of Cantabile and the joy of singing togther once again.

Following the concert, singers, musicians, board members and audience continued the party at the Queen’s University Biosciences Centre.

All and all, it was an extraordinary testiment to an extraordinary cultural organization.

Here’s to the next 20 years!



Datta Family 10th Anniversary Scholarships 2017

Datta Family Scholarships

The Datta Family 10th Anniversary Scholarship was established in May 2006 by Chander and Anju Datta, principal founding sponsors of the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston. The scholarships will be awarded to graduating or former members of the Cantabile Youth Singers (Young Women’s Choir or Young Men’s Chorus) who will be enrolled in music education or music performance at a post-secondary institution at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

Scholarship Recipients are announced at the final concert of every season.

Scholarship Recipients are announced at the final concert of every season.

Who is Eligible? 

Applicants must have been a member of the Cantabile Youth Singers for a minimum of two years including their last year of high school.

These scholarships will be presented consistent with the following guidelines:

  1. a) Graduating Scholarships: One or two graduating scholarship(s) with a maximum value of $1,000 in recognition of outstanding commitment and leadership in the Cantabile Youth Singers. Recipients must be in their final year of high school and planning to pursue music education or music performance at college or university.
  1. b) Post-Secondary Scholarship: One or two post-secondary scholarship(s) of $1,000-$3,000 (amount to be determined at the discretion of the selection committee and subject to funding) to a former chorister who is pursuing music performance or music education at the post-secondary level (graduate or undergraduate). Candidates must currently be enrolled in a college or university programme in music performance or music education.  The amount will vary depending upon to the number of years served by the chorister in the programme (maximum of $3,000 for six years, maximum of $2,000 for four years, maximum of $1,000 for minimum of two years.)


Candidates must submit a completed application post-marked on or before May 1, 2017. The application must include:

Completed applications should be sent to the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, P.O. Box 2273, Kingston ON K7L 5J9.


Selection of the recipients will be made according to the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated significant commitment, contribution, and leadership to Cantabile   during his/her tenure in the choir.
  • Consideration will also be given to the current role of music in the applicant’s life and the expected role music will have in his/her future.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not received the scholarship previously.
  • If in any year there are insufficient candidates who satisfy the selection criteria scholarships may not be granted.
  • The selection committee will consist of the following members:  a Board member appointed by the Board of Directors, the Artistic Director, and one member-at-large from outside the Cantabile organization.
  • Selection will be made prior to the final concert of the season (usually held the week after the Victoria Day weekend. The announcement of the recipient will occur at the final concert on May 28th, 2016Datta-Scholarship-application-2016 at Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston ON.

Questions? Call us at 613 549 0099 or email