Cantamus win world class event

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The senior choir of Cantamus won top prizes when they sang in the final of the 2014 international choral competition.

The choir won the Equal Voices class - all male or all female voices of any age group - and the Audience prize in the finals at Riva del Garda in Northerhn Italy.

Shiela Haslam, secretary, said: “There were choirs from many countries - South Korea, Australia, Puerta Rico, Turkey, USA, Germany, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, etc. so the competition was fierce.

“The girls sang to the highest possible choral standard such that their former director, Pamela Cook, would have been proud.

The hall in which their class was held has a capacity of 4000 and the acoustics were perfect to enable their softest notes to be heard clearly.

“The audience were entranced, particularly by the eight-part piece, ‘Prayer before birth’ by Dame Elisabeth Maconchy. “

This was the first international competition for many of the girls, who moved up from the Training Choir only last September.

Cantamus last sang in Riva in 1996 when they won the Grand Prix. Invitations for the girls to visit Australia or Denmark were received by Ann Irons, the choir’s director.