Cantandum – the Singers and Friends of Westminster School Common Room – was established in June 2003 by a group of colleagues who enjoy high-quality music making.
The choir has a busy schedule of 6-10 concerts and services a year. In the spring of 2008 we were honoured to be invited to become the resident services choir at St John’s Smith Square and we also sing regularly at Westminster Abbey. Concerts are usually in the Westminster area, including The Great Hall and the Chapel of Westminster School, St John’s Smith Square, St Margaret’s Westminster, Ashburnham garden, St Stephen’s Rochester Row and the chapel at Church House.
The choir also occasionally sings out of London, building on its association with Bampton Classical Opera. Recent highlights include Handel’s Messiah in Bampton and a performance in Oxford of the rarely-heard oratorio Jephtha by Handels’ English contemporary Maurice Greene.
We recently made our concert debut at St John’s Smith Square with a performance of Stainer’s The Crucifixion and return there twice this season, once with Bampton Classical Opera for a programme of 18th-century music in celebration of Shakespeare400, and later for a concert of our own of music written in honour of the Virgin Mary.
There are usually 20+ members, mostly from the wider Westminster School community including staff, OWs and parents.
Our repertory ranges from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, and we perform both a capella and with orchestra as required.