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Cantabile is a chamber choir of around 20 voices, directed by Ian Akroyd and based in Chapel Allerton, North Leeds. We are a small group of experienced and enthusiastic singers who enjoy the challenge of performing a varied repertoire spanning six centuries, including works by contemporary composers.

We currently have openings for all voice parts. Please contact Pamela at for further info or come along to an open rehearsal.

What's Next?

"Seven deadly sins, Seven heavenly virtues", musical temptations from: Bennet, Busto, Purcell, des Prez and Tchaikovsky. Saturday 18th May, 7:30pm. St Edmunds Roundhay, Leeds LS8 1JN.

Tickets including refreshments are available for cash payment on the door. Tickets may also be bought in advance. Please email for further info.

Join Cantabile in a musical exploration of human vices and heavenly virtues. Over the centuries both sin and righteousness have provided inspiration for the musical mind and in this programme of music from the 15th century to the present day Charity, Temperance and Humility appeal to our senses just as much as Wrath, Gluttony and Pride.

A simple devotional prayer draws us away from John Bennet's paen to a proud Queen; a sublime setting of Ave Maria by Josquin des Prez carries us heavenward whilst a lustful habanera by Javier Busto keeps us firmly and sensuously earth-bound. We are tempted to journey to renaissance Spain to indulge our appetites, the archetypal warrior of L'homme Arme speaks of the threat of war and the soft caresses of Purcell draw us into drowsy repose.

Fortunately, Tchaikovsky provides us with a route to absolution in his setting of the Lord's Prayer.

We leave you to choose; virtue or vice! And while you contemplate your decision you may revel in these musical temptations.

Seven deadly sins, Seven heavenly virtues (pdf download)

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