Kantos - The Passion
Join Kantos for a poignant evening of dramatic choral music contemplating the Passion of Christ.
“Kantos sing with passion and exuberance.” — theartsdesk.com
Trad. Hymn | Walking in a Garden
Ola Gjeilo | Ubi caritas
William Byrd | Mass for Five Voices: Kyrie & Agnus Dei
Roxanna Panufnik | Kyrie after Byrd
Charlotte Bray | Agnus Dei after Byrd
Antonio Lotti | Crucifixus for Eight Voices
John Sanders | The Reproaches
Tim Benjamin | Stabat mater dolorosa (World Première)
Eric Whitacre | When David Heard
Johann Sebastian Bach | Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein
Kantos is a fresh and unorthodox vocal ensemble, performing at the cutting edge of the creative scene. They produce vocal performances, shaped by the music and stories they believe in.
Kantos think voices are a powerful gateway to our past, present and future; unveiling countless emotions, identities, and experiences. The door to their performances is always open to everyone, whether you’re a veteran concertgoer or seeking something new.
Whether you join Kantos in a factory space or a spiritual place, the concert hall or a nightclub, they’ll always deliver raw, stunning performances and the most dynamic and creative vocal artists in the North.
Performing music by everyone from 11th Century visionary saints to genre-bending, experimental rock stars, Kantos prides itself on championing contemporary and well-known choral music. Commissioning and premiering new music is integral to Kantos; recent UK and international artist collaborations include Shruthi Rajasekar, Sadie Harrison, Rebecca Dale, Jack Sheen, Tim Benjamin, Chris Hutchings, Eleanor Cully Boehringer, Rory Wainwright-Johnston, Camden Reeves & Anna Disley-Simpson.
Alongside their self-promoted performances and tours across the UK, recent highlights include touring with Gary Numan & Skaparis Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall and O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire; recording for BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship, alongside Manchester-based poet Rachel Mann; recording with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for a Radio 3 drama production of Anthony Burgess’ ‘Oedipus’; recording with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; premiering Rebecca Dale’s Mater Requiem alongside a recording with record label Decca; an album release of contemporary Christmas carols for record label Prima Facie.
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