Perse singers hit the right note with care home concerts
29 Oct 2019
Cantores is a four-piece vocal group featuring Neil Sardesai, James Hansen, Nicholas Romanos (all Lower Sixth) and Alex Walker (OP 2019). They reflect on their journey and their reach into the local community below.
The inimitable Dr Johnson is supposed to have said, “Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.” Whether this is apocryphal or not, the four members of Cantores thoroughly agree. We might even go so far as to hope that our music may, on occasion, happen to be agreeable.
Two years ago, one of us suggested that we form a small, student-led choir. The choice of a name was no easy matter, but eventually Cantores – Latin for ‘singers’ – prevailed. Thus we had sealed our fate and were destined to spend many early (but actually very enjoyable) mornings, practising from 8am in almost any location we could find, including the music department store room.
Comprising two tenors and two basses, we have composed, arranged and sung a wide variety of music, from Morley and Mendelssohn to the Beatles, from modern Greek to what Mr Wingfield (Perse Assistant Director of Music) has admitted was the fastest sung Latin he had ever heard.
Recently we undertook a tour of care homes in Cambridge, performing at the Arthur Rank Hospice, Cherry Hinton Nursing Dementia Care Home and the First Care Home in Great Shelford. We have been truly touched and humbled by our experience and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to perform a varied programme of music.
We plan to continue our charitable performances, beginning with a day of busking in Cambridge in aid of the Arthur Rank Hospice, and we are already rehearsing our selection of Christmas carols. In the longer term, we hope to be able to put together a series of recordings on a CD, which we could then sell in aid of charity.