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Blackwood Uniting Church, Main Road, Blackwood (by the Roundabout, corner of Shepherds Hill Road, Ma
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Cantamus is in need of some tenors. If you are interested, please contact Cheryl Marshall (Secretary) on 0403 020 896 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Award winning “Cantamus” (previously known as the “Way Consort”) was formed in 1978 by Tom Way. Tom retired as our Musical Director in December 2000.
After Tom's retirement, we were fortunate to obtain the services of Richard Hornung (former Director of the Flinders Street School of Music and a well respected musician in his own right) as our new Musical Director.
Following Richard's unexpected leave of absence at the beginning of 2014, Robin Parkin (our Repiteteur and Accompanist) very kindly offered to lead the choir. Sadly, Richard was unable to continue conducting, so Robin ended up Conducting us for the entire year, for which we are enormously grateful. Robin resigned from the choir at the end of 2014 to focus his energies on conducting and performing. We wish him well.
At the end of 2014, we advertised for a new Conductor, and were extremely fortunate to obtain the services of Georgia Simmons (see Georgia's bio below) who began conducting us at the start of 2015.
We rehearse every Monday evening from 7:30-9:30 pm at the Blackwood Uniting Church, located by the roundabout (at the intersection of Shepherds Hill Rd Main Rd and Coromandel Parade, Blackwood).
We are proud to offer an extensive repertoire of challenging and memorable works in a variety of languages - from Latin to German, French, Italian and even Icelandic - and, of course, English. Among our larger works, we have performed Faure's "Requiem", Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, Mozart’s “Solemn Vespers” & "Requiem", Zoltan Kodály's "Pange Lingua" and numerous Bach Cantatas. A wide repertoire in a variety of styles provides a constant source of challenge and inspiration, which help us to maintain a fresh approach. We have performed works by Vittoria, Verdi, Grieg, Handel, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Gounoud, Vivaldi, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, Frontrier, Toch and many others
We are available for services, performances, weddings and other private functions on request. Please contact us for more information regarding price and availability.
Our current accompanist is Sachiko Hidaka, an accomplished performer and repetiteur.
We are involved in a number of concerts and performances during the year. To view our upcoming events, check out Cantamus Inc. on Facebook, and add us as a favourite!
For further information contact: Cheryl Marshall (Secretary) on 0403 020 896.
About Georgia Simmons - Conductor:
Georgia Simmons is a conductor, music teacher and singer. A graduate of the Elder Conservatorium, Georgia has been involved in choral music for many years. Her love of conducting began during her studies at the Conservatorium, where she studied with Carl Crossin and Christie Anderson. Georgia was appointed Musical Director of Cantamus in 2015, and also conducts the Young Adelaide Voices Second Concert Choir.
She has completed conducting training with Gondwana Choirs, and in 2013 was awarded the tertiary scholarship to attend the Australian Choral Conductors’ Education and Training summer school. In 2014 Georgia was invited as a guest to conduct the Elder Conservatorium Chorale in a workshop with the King’s Singers.
Georgia has a strong interest in music education, and works as a singing teacher at various schools, as well as doing relief teaching. She is currently a trainee with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Education team, and regularly assists in organising and running workshops and events.
Georgia is currently completing studies in Classical Voice at the Elder Conservatorium, and sings with the Elder Conservatorium Chorale and women’s vocal ensemble Aurora. Recent performances with these choirs include singing for the Australian Ballet’s production The Dream, and performing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Britten’s War Requiem with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
In both 2003 and 2004, Cantamus under Richard Hornung's direction, won first prize in the Community Choir section of the Adelaide Eisteddfod held in the Adelaide Town Hall, building on an earlier first prize gained under the direction of Tom Way.