Cantemus Singers was established in 2008 by our conductor, Michael Erdman, to help expand Toronto’s exposure to and appreciation of Renaissance and early Baroque secular vocal music. Our 14-voice a cappella ensemble focuses mainly on the interesting and evocative madrigals, lieder, chansons and villancicos of the 16th century. We also perform religious works, often the five- to eight-part compositions less often heard by Toronto audiences.
Our 2019/20 season begins Nov 23 and 24, as we perform Christmas music from England, including Thomas Tallis’ magnificent Mass Puer natus est nobis for 7 voices. In mid-March, “Good Queen Bess” explores the music of the Elizabethan period, featuring works by Morley, Byrd, Weelkes and Wilbye. In late May, our program, “Not So Serious”, focuses on light-hearted, humorous madrigals and joyful motets that send our spirits soaring. Performances at Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Square - Eaton Centre) and St. Aidan’s Anglican Church (70 Silver Birch Ave. at Queen St. E.). Check out the website for times.