Sponsored sing will boost funds for Cantamus

MANSFIELD’S internationally-renowned Cantamus Girls’ Choir will be singing non-stop for eight hours to raise funds as part of its busy schedule.

The annual sponsored sing will take place at the town’s Samworth Church Academy on Saturday.

There will be non-stop singing from 9.15am-5.15pm, with solos, duets and ensembles from the main choir and the training choir members lining up to give their support at lunchtime and for the finale.

As well as a major fund-raiser for the girls, the sponsored sing will also give people chance to listen to the singing with free admission.

Food and drink is available throughout the day and several fun activities are being planned by choir members and parents.

Ahead of the sponsored sing, the main choir performed at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall recently in aid of charities supported by Nottinghamshire Masons.

And choir members are also preparing for the visit of the Affies Boys’ choir from Pretoria, South Africa, who have included Mansfield as part of their extensive tour.

Members of the boys’ choir will be joining up with the girls for a concert at Southwell Minster in July.

They were winners of the Youth Male Voice Class in the Word Olympic Games in 2008 and became aware of Cantamus’ successes in Germany in 2004 and China in 2006.

The artistic director of the San Francisco Girls’ Choir is also visiting Mansfield soon in her tour of several choirs on the continent, mainly in Germany and Sweden.

She hopes to talk about the way Cantamus is trained and organised with founder and director Pamela Cook.

l For more information on the choir and its forthcoming events visit www.cantamus.com