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Cantores Michaelis are choral scholars from the University of Southampton who are funded by The Friends of St Michael’s and based at the ancient Southampton City Centre church of St Michael the Archangel where they sing every Sunday and Feast Days during the academic year. The group (founded in 2000 by the Director Keith Davis) specialises in unaccompanied repertoire composed for the Christian Liturgy.
The singers are chosen by audition from across the disciplines of The University of Southampton,
however the majority of the scholars are First Study Singers on either the Graduate or Post Graduate Performance courses in the Music Department. Two singers who recently studied with Keith Davis at University of Southampton have been part of The Sixteen Genesis Project – Harry Bennett (Portsmouth Cathedral) Hannah Woodhouse (Cantores Michaelis). Their repertoire ranges from Gregorian Chant, Tudor and Renaissance Masses and Motets, also mass settings by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, to works by living composers of the 20th & 21st Centuries.
Cantores Michaelis is well known around Southern England as they have gained a reputation for very high standards and have sung in Westminster Abbey (by invitation of The Dean & Chapter), provided their specialist skills by singing the full Latin Mass Rite for The Latin Mass Society in Portsmouth RC Cathedral, appeared with well known actors such as Timothy West in The Lighthouse Theatre Poole, provided the soloists and small choir parts in productions of Dido & Aeneas by Henry Purcell in Turner Sims Concert Hall Southampton, and Chamber Opera The Knights Templar by Graham Stansfield in Lighthouse Theater Poole.
Since 2006 they have sung Christmas Carols on the well-known Cunard Cruise ships Queens Victoria Mary and Elizabeth just before they depart on their Christmas cruises. In March 2015 the group was invited by the Kantor of Lüdenscheid North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany to give two concerts, one in Lüdenscheid, the other in Herford demonstrating The English Choral Tradition. Further concert tours are planned for Germany and Austria in 2016.
|1||11.51||The Angel Gabriel||Basque Tune|
|2||2.11||Sweet was the son the Virgin Sang||Anon|
|3||3.27||Lullay my liking||G.Holst|
|4||3.54||Hymn to the Virgin||E Rubbra|
|5||1.13||As it fell on holy eve||Lute Galliard|
|6||3.38||Lullay lula||K Leighton|
|7||1.46||The new year's gift||Lute Galliard|
|8||1.08||Adam lay y bounden||B Ord|
|9||2.39||There is no rose||J Joubert|
|11||3.4||Make we joy||W Walton|
|12||4.24||Adeste Fidelis||JF Wade|
|13||1.53||A babe is born||P Racine Fricker|
|14||2.02||Away in a manger||W Kirkpatrick|
|16||4.21||O little town of Bethlehem||P Warlock|
|17||3.38||Stille nacht||F Gruber|
|18||2.54||The blessed son of God||R V Williams|
|19||2.26||Unto us is born a son||Trad|
|20||2.13||Good King Wenceslas||Trad|
|21||1.14||Deck the halls||Trad|
|22||2.54||We three kings||Trad|
|23||2.32||Drei Konig||P Cornelius|
|24||1.19||Ding dong merrily on high||16th C|
|25||1.49||Jingle bells||J Pierpoint|
|26||2.29||Have yourself a merry little Christmas||Martin and Blane|
|27||2.26||We've been awhile a-wandering||R V Wiliams|