July 2021 Update: Restarting Choir Rehearsals

We appreciate that the majority of our 100 members are very keen to re-start singing as soon as possible, even throughout our usual Summer break.

On 19th July, the Government Roadmap for lifting lockdown, is due to move to Step 4 – which allows choirs to return to indoor activities & rehearsals, without facemask, distance and capacity restrictions.

We are liaising with our rehearsal venue, and completing the necessary assessments and safety measures that are required for our choir to safely restart.

We are aiming to restart with two dates in August – before our normal start of Autumn Term.

Please refer to the Rehearsal Schedule on the Rehearsals page of our Website for all information

It may be, that rehearsals are carried out in a different format to how they were previously, or to how you may expect.

Thank you for your understanding, continued enthusiasm for choral singing and commitment to Isle of Wight Cantata Choir.

We are looking forward to seeing you and singing together soon.

Sad Announcement: Passing of Elizabeth Peace – A Longstanding, Dedicated, Alto Choir Member

It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of 1st Alto choir member, Elizabeth Peace.

Elizabeth was a member of the choir until September 2020, when, with sadness, she decided it was “time to hang up my red scarf” as unfortunately she was due to start treatment for a recent “health blip” but “looked forward to enjoying being a member of the audience” into the future.

Elizabeth recently reminisced that she had “sung in a variety of choirs since leaving school and joined Cantata when she came to live on the Isle of Wight in 1975, 45 years ago! She enjoyed the challenge of learning new music and the pleasure of singing well-loved works again”. 

She remarked that she had “made many friends through the choir and particularly enjoyed singing with the choir from Reading at the Oratory School and in Portsmouth Guildhall”, in years gone by. Also, looking back on “the memorable celebrations of joining with so many others in the Royal Albert Hall as part of our 60th Anniversary”.

When Elizabeth joined Cantata “it was run as part of the Education Authority Evening Classes, later becoming independent”, and remembered that “many years ago I took on the roll of temporary treasurer while the post holder was on maternity leave, two children later & after eleven years I handed the job over”. 

Elizabeth was a truly lovely lady, who will be missed by many members and the choir as a whole.

In earlier years Elizabeth was a history teacher at Upper Chine School for Girls.

Elizabeth was also the current PCC Hon. Secretary and a Lay Reader for St Olave’s Church, Gatcombe.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.