Amici Cantate is a Bishop's Stortford-based choir originally made up of parents and friends of students in the renowned Cantate youth choir. We were formed in 2005 at the request of many music-loving parents who wanted to come together for occasional rehearsals and sing together in the Cantate spirit. We have grown in size to around 70 voices: entry is open to all, and rehearsals take place in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, on Saturday mornings in an atmosphere of friendliness and fun.
We are well known for our broad, eclectic repertoire, spanning several centuries and from all parts of the world.
We normally perform 3 concerts a year, helping to raise money for different charities, and each year we also have either a residential workshop to extend our members' musical talent or a foreign tour. We do some extra carol singing during December, to support local charities, and throughout the year we provide smaller groups of singers for weddings, funerals and other occasions.
We have toured Spain, singing in the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostella, Italy, including an appearance in St. Mark's Venice and a joint concert with the Coro Santa Maria Maddelena in Desanzano, and Belgium, singing in Brussels, Blankenburge and at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. In November 2010 we performed at the St. Andrew's Festival in Scotland. More recently we have done tours to Dinan in France and Trier in Germany, and in 2020 we are going to Kerry in Ireland.