6th December Cantabile


‘Christmas with Cantabile’ The sound of Cantabile is synonymous with Christmas.  They have established an unrivalled reputation throughout Europe and beyond for harmony singing of the highest quality combined with a unique and very British sense of humour.

Sponsored by MICHAEL and JULIE PAYNE.

Clacton & North East Essex Arts & Literary Society programme from January to March 2011

Christmas with Cantabile(a cappella or with piano)

 The London Quartet provides unsurpassed choral purity combined with side-splitting comedy in music. Carol – the Christmas story told by stringing together some favourites; only 2 minutes long, so only 28 carols could be included..; Coventry Carol –  a beautiful 16th-century part-song (no jokes!); The Christmas Song ­– Mel Tormé’s classic, in a cosy chestnut-roasting jazz version; The Twelve Days of Christmas as never heard before (have you ever imagined the noise all those 12 days’-worth of gifts must have made..?!); Silent Night – the definitive sound of Christmas from the definitive Christmas entertainers.


  1. 6th December Cantabile
    The final programme for 2010 gave the members of the Arts & Literary Society a wonderful evening of perfect harmony when Cantabile gave us their Christmas concert. This was unaccompanied singing at its most sublime. The four members of the London Quartet, Michael Steffan, Mark Fleming, Steven Brooks and Richard Bryan, presented Christmas music in its most varying forms and included their famous 28 carols in three minutes. There was the usual and unusual audience participation with two of the best known carols, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Good King Wenceslas followed by the audience providing the sleigh bells with their car keys during Sleigh Ride. The concert ended with the Twelve Days of Christmas and an encore which included Silent Night.

    This was a very happy evening sponsored by, Michael and Julie Payne.

  2. It is increasingly difficult(with each visit) to find superlatives to adequately describe Cantabile-suffice really to say that (in terms of a libation!) they are like a `velvety Irish cream whisky`-on a cold, dismal, damp foggy night (as it was outside)-they surely are guaranteed to warm the very depths of your soul!

    The unique harmonies are complimented by gentle humour sprinkled throughout their immaculate presentation (both in sound and
    image!) Once again they thrilled us with the content of their programme-a mixture of favourite festive music and some not so well knownbut all delivered with the same scintillating degree of attention to detail.

    Yet another wonderful evening and a suitable end to this part of the season.
    Jennifer Kersey

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