About Us


Cantabile is a mixed-voice choir for older students and adults.  There are currently thirty-six members who meet on Tuesday evenings in term time (September – June).  Rehearsals are held at The William Allitt School, Newhall, Swadlincote DE11 0TL, 7-30pm – 9-20pm (with a break for drinks!).

The choir has a varied repertoire ranging from the standard choral classics through to lighter, close-harmony pieces.  From time-to-time the choir shares the concert platform with professional guest soloists or instrumental ensembles.   Rehearsal tracks are available for members to download should they require them, and a small amount of self-directed time is expected between rehearsals where necessary.

Cantabile is directed by Philip King, former local authority Adviser with responsibility for the Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership, and past chairman of the Association of British Choral Directors (Midland Region).  He also directed the South Derbyshire Children’s Chorale and the Derbyshire County Youth Chorale.

There are no formal auditions  for the choir, but  potential new members are invited to take part in two rehearsals, sitting alongside one of our members.  During this period, we will be able to ascertain the extent to which your voice blends with the rest, and also what contribution you are able to make to the whole.  It also gives a new singer the opportunity to decide if this is really something they want to do!  All this takes place in a supportive way.  We currently have  vacancies for two tenors and one second bass.  But do please come along to see us if you’re interested!

Our choir is a very friendly organisation – with opportunities for social activities as well as for performances.  Special dates on our calendar are the annual dinner (and cabaret) at the Branston Golf & Country Club, and the Summer Buffet Party.

Cantabile is closely associated with the South Derbyshire Music Centre which is also based at the school.