The Cantabrigians is a group of professional female singers based in Cambridge, founded and directed by soprano Paula Downes.
Many of the singers are former members of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and ex Cambridge Choral Scholars and have since performed with groups including The Sixteen, Philharmonia Voices, the BBC Daily Service Singers, I Fagiolini, the Tallis Scholars and The Hanover Band.
Formed in 2016, they gave their inaugural performance of Britten's A Ceremony of Carols and Andrew Downes Ballads for Christmas in Christ's Chapel Cambridge. They have gone on to perform 'An Evening of English Composers' in both Christ's and Churchill Chapels; a May Week Concert for Jesus College Music Society; a Remembrance Concert for Selwyn College Music Society; a CimateKeys concert for Trinity College Music Society, joined by Guest Speaker, Climate Change Scientist, Emily Schuckberg; and a Christmas concert at St Mary's Church, Duxford. In addition they have performed for Encore Concerts, a baby/toddler concert series in Cambridge and St. Neots; for The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London; and to huge crowds at The Big Switch On in Cambridge
Retiring collections at these concerts have raised money for CamCRAG, The Royal British Legion, Cambridge Carbon Footprint and the Church Conservation Trust.
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