We are very sad indeed, to announce that Richard Hunt died; this Wednesday 17th January.
Richard stepped down from his role as the choir’s Tenor Section Leader at the beginning of December, as he had sadly just been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.
He endeavoured to remain as a member, to return to singing, as and when he felt able.
However, at the start of this year, he found that his diagnosis was terminal and untreatable.
And so he, and his wife; Soprano member, Georgina, relinquished their choir memberships, to focus on his health and quality of life.
Unfortunately and tragically, Richard died whilst undergoing surgery related to his condition.
Richard was an experienced singer; previously a member of Guildford Choral – and over the years, had various roles within choir committee, including as a music librarian.
With a long-standing love of music, and community choir endeavours, even when moved to the Island, Richard continued to maintain a connection with Guildford Choral as a long-term Patron.
Richard, and Georgina, joined Cantata in September 2021.
And at our AGM in January 2022, Richard took on the responsibility of Tenor Section Leader, becoming a valued member of the choir committee, contributing his wealth of experience.
Richard often remarked how much he enjoyed his time singing with us; both at rehearsal and performing in concerts, especially when we were accompanied by full orchestra and professional soloists, but also when the choir took part in extra curricular events.
Also a keen bell-ringer, of many years, Richard was a member of the ringers at All Saints’ Church, Ryde.
In his spare time, Richard and Georgina had a great love of yacht cruising; spending last Summer enjoying their trip around the North Spanish coast.
Our thoughts and warmest wishes are with his wife, friends and family, at this sad time.
We are very sad to announce that past 2nd Alto member June Mitchell died peacefully, aged 89 years, at the Hospice, on 1st November.
June was a keen singer, and a dedicated and enthusiastic member of Cantata for many years; onwards throughout the 90’s and 00’s.
She took on the role of Chairman from 2002 until 2006; supporting the choir through performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Rutter’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Bizet’s Carmen, Brahms’ Requiem, and also Verdi’s Requiem for the Choir’s 50th Anniversary Commemoration Concert.
June sadly left the choir in 2012.
However, she was also an ardent bell-ringer for most of her life, and carried on with her passion for ringing, which continued to give her great pleasure.
She was also the Brading Tower Secretary.
June’s Memorial Service will take place at 12noon, on Monday 20th November, at St Mary’s Church, Brading.
Family request that only bright colours are worn.
Any donations to be made to the Brading Bell Fund.
(Flowers are from family only)
There will be a reception afterwards, at the church hall.
June was a loving sister, mother of 2, grandmother of 5, and great-grandmother of 6.
Our thoughts and best wishes are with all her family and friends.
We are very sad to announce that past Soprano member Sally Kimpton died on 4th October, after enduring a very aggressive brain tumour.
Sally joined Cantata in 2012, and was a committed member of the front row 1st Sopranos for 8 years, until rehearsals ceased in March 2020; due to the Covid Pandemic.
Sally was a keen singer and music was very important to her. She loved singing with Cantata Choir, and relayed to friends how attending rehearsals and participating in concerts made her happy and fulfilled.
Sally felt unable to return to singing at the end of the Pandemic, due to her vulnerability as an asthmatic.
However, she became a passionate and devoted owner to a rescue dog, who had experienced the loss of his various previous owners and thus struggled with separation anxiety.
Sally’s funeral will take place at 11.15am, on Tuesday 7th November, at the Isle of Wight Crematorium.
There will be a reception afterwards, at the Horse and Groom pub, in Ningwood.
Sally will be remembered with great fondness, so if anyone would like to join in celebrating her life, you would be very welcome to attend on Tue 7th.
Our thoughts and best wishes are with Sally’s family and friends.