Cantate Youth Choir is widely recognised as one of the outstanding open-access choirs in the UK and accepts all students without audition and regardless of their previous experience or ability. It promotes musical excellence to students aged 6-18 and within a three choir structure challenges its members to perform in a huge range of musical styles and to the very highest standards. It is a previous winner of the Sainsbury’s Children’s Choir of the Year title, and in 2014 returned from the World Choir Games in Latvia as double gold medal winners and as the highest placed European mixed-voice youth choir in the competition, an extraordinary achievement when less than 10% of the choir members have any formal vocal tuition outside of the choir.
This album features highlights from the Choir’s Christmas programme which always receive a rapturous response whenever they perform. It also features all of the different choir structures that make up Cantate and a fantastic mix of classical festive pieces, well loved traditional carols, some original compositions and some very familiar modern popular music.
Uniquely for a youth choir, all members of Cantate are given percussion and rhythm work as a crucial part of their education in the choir, starting with simple Samba and moving to complex presentations of rhythm and movement and these feature on some of these recordings too.