Cantemus Cum Spiritu at St. David’s Cathedral 7th – 13th August 2023

Cantemus Cum Spiritu events are for advanced singers, and exist to allow people who are considered leaders within their own choirs to have  the chance to come together to sing music to a high level. It is taken as read that, if you choose to apply for a Cantemus event, you will arrive either fully prepared musically or able to sight-read the music. The expected standard is that each singer will be capable of holding their own line, without the aid of singers around them, in order that, at the start of each event, we can hit the ground running and take your singing to another level. It is understood that, on a whole week’s course, it may not be possible to have all the music prepared but you are asked to arrive with the frst 3 services fully prepared.

Cantemus Cum Spiritu exists to help singers to find the joy in church music in the hope that the experience of working with other singers of a similar level will have a knock-on effect on the health and strength of their home choirs. We start each event from the point of being confident that we know the music, so that we have the chance to really explore the music and to enable all the singers to reach their expressive potential.

From 7th – 13th August 2023 Cantemus Cum Spiritu will be singing services at St. David’s Cathedral. Our summer course represents the climax of our year with Cantemus Cum Spiritu. It’s where we get the chance to work together, intensively, for a week and really get to know each other as people and as singers. It takes us to a new level.

Most days will consist of rehearsals from 10.30 – 13.00pm, 15.00 – 17.30 with Evensong at 18.00. On the Sunday we have Mattins at 11.15 and Evensong at 16.00. There will be one free day.

We expect that this event will be hard work, but we also want it to be a rewarding, joyful and theraputic experience, where singers get to know each other and themselves in a deeper way, and find more of their own ability to sing and be expressive.

The music for the week will include canticles by Cristóbal de Morales Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis Quarti Toni, Weelkes 6th Service Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Dyson in D Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis,  Stanford in A Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Howells Collegium Regale – Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, and Anthems Parry –  Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, Greene – Lord Let me know mine end, Bairstow – Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, Pavel Chesnokov – O Lord God, John Blow- Salvator Mundi, Arthur Wills – The Sacrifice of God. Responses – Gabriel Jackson  & Smith.

We invite people who consider themselves qualified for this course to apply for this course. You should apply if you feel that you can learn this music, without the need to rely on other singers to support you in singing your part.

This promises to be a glorious week. We will be limited to 40 places 16 Sopranos , 8 Altos, 8 Tenors, 8 Basses.

Uniform for the week will be white shirt (plain, with collar and long sleeves, tucked in), black skirt (of at least knee length) or trousers, plain black tie for the men, black shoes.

The fee for the course is £225 (Deposit £100) This price does not include food or accommodation. You are free to arrange your own, although we will attempt to arrange some form of accommodation in a school or similar, if possible. All music will be provided by Choral Holidays.

You could get a 10% discount on this event

by joining the They Shall Laugh and Sing VIP Group

Applications for this course must be made by 31st May 2023. In the event of cancellation by the singer, no refunds will be made. If an applicant is not selected for the event, a full refund of their deposit will be made. In the event of a cancellation of the course, a full refund will be made.

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