Registered charity number 900021
Registered charity number 900021
Cantilena are delighted to announce that we have appointed Jane Anderson-Brown as our new musical director.
Jane is a singer and singing teacher who has been based in Paignton since 2009. She trained in music (singing and flute) at York and Reading Universities. Her performances have covered a wide area both geographically and artistically. She has experience of working with a wide variety of performers from local amateur societies, youth groups and professional performers.
She is the director of Red Earth Opera, and musical director for the New Century Singers (Bovey Tracey). She has previously musically directed Quay Harmony and the Torbay Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She also ran the Torbay Jubilee Choir (a project based choir which performs at civic and other events in Torbay).
She has sung as a soprano soloist with local societies, including the Shaldon Singers performance of Haydn's Creation in May 2013. She has taken small roles and covered roles for New Devon Opera. She has sung and conducted for the South Devon Singers (Teignmouth and Ivybridge Community Choirs). She gives song recitals, mostly around the west country and often in collaboration with other singers.
Jane teaches regularly in several schools in Torbay, including running whole class woodwind lessons (flutes and clarinets). She has also directed woodwind groups at the Torbay and South Devon Music Centre. She has qualified teacher status, and has taught music both in primary and secondary schools in Surrey, Hampshire and Torbay. She was a tutor for the Torbay Schools Festival, helping students to prepare and arranging music for the gala concerts at Paignton Palace Theatre and the Riviera Centre. She also teaches students privately at home, offering singing, flute, piano, clarinet, theory and aural test preparation to both adults and young students.
More information about Jane can be found on her facebook site here: https://www.facebook.com/jane.andersonbrownmusic
Chris had also received help and support from the Hospice, so it was decided that our next donation would be for Hospiscare. Those members who were able to would contribute to a fund raising song which would be posted to Facebook linked to a ‘Just Giving’ page. The song chosen was ‘Siya Hamba’, a lovely South African hymn which means ‘We are marching’. It all sounded easy enough-Hannah would send guide tracks to be listened to via headphones. We would then use our phones to make a recording of our own part which we would send to Hannah.
Well, I can tell you that it is not as simple as it sounds! Whilst we are all happy enough with our voices as part of the choir, listening to recordings of our own voices was not a happy experience. However, we are lucky in Hannah to have not only a superb MD but also an IT guru. Somehow, she and her husband Dean managed to meld together our dodgy efforts into a lovely recording which duly raised £1241 for Hospiscare. We were so glad that Chris was able to hear the recording. Sadly, he passed away just a few weeks later and is so sadly missed.
By now we were heading for Autumn and we needed a focus. Hannah suggested working towards recordings which could be posted on Facebook in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The first song chosen was ‘Dark Eyed Sailor’, one of our sea songs. Next was one of our favourites, ‘Gaelic Blessing’, then, for Christmas, ‘The First Noel’ set to Pachelbel’s Canon. Again, Hannah and Dean collated our contributions beautifully and in the final recording they even managed to incorporate some photos and videos from Cantilena tours. These recordings raised a further £521 for Force, which was doubled by Barclays sponsorship scheme through the application of one of our members. This meant the total raised last year was an amazing £3748.
Our last Zoom session before Christmas was a sing-a-long to all our favourite carols, along with glasses of mulled wine, weird and wonderful Christmas hats and various flashing accessories. A real fun evening.
We are currently deciding on music for this term, with a view to a possible concert later in the year as well as the link-up with Truro Male Voice choir. We are considering musical theatre which will be enjoyable-and it’s always good to sing something familiar. As with choirs all over the country our challenge is to keep going until the day arrives when we can meet together again. May it come soon.
By Pauline Evans, February 2021