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The Choir

Cantorum was formed in March 2014 and is an Auckland chamber choir of around twenty very experienced singers, who combine their passion for learning, and their shared enjoyment of performing, in the relatively specialised area of sacred music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, in both a cappella and accompanied music.

The choir is largely made up of former members of the very successful Auckland chamber choir Musica Sacra which, under the leadership of Dr Indra Hughes, built up a strong reputation for the quality and musicianship of its performing during its period of operation from 1998 to 2013.  Covering music from the 15th to the 21st centuries, Musica Sacra performed a huge variety of repertoire, and Cantorum is aiming to follow in this tradition as it grows.

Conductor / Musical Director

As from February 2018, Cantorum’s conductor and musical director is Anita Banbury.

Anita was born in Oxford and received her musical education in London while staying at the headquarters of the Royal School of Church Music.

Describing herself as a “Choralaholic” she has sung in numerous choirs in Auckland; in retirement from her organ and piano teaching practice she still conducts the Orlando Singers, a chamber choir; also the occasional choir at Holy Trinity Cathedral, the St Mary’s Singers.

She holds two honours, the A.R.S.C.M. for her services to Church Music and the A.R.A.M. granted to former students of the Royal Academy of Music who have distinguished themselves in their field.

Choir size

Cantorum has a steady membership of about twenty singers, sometimes several more, occasionally slightly fewer.  The choir would like to grow to 30 members over time, a “comfortable” size for a chamber choir, which would give greater scope for tackling larger scale works.


Cantorum’s repertoire, in its non-Christmas concerts, has focused on the 16th and 17th centuries, after its inaugural concert which featured, contrastingly, William Byrd and Giacomo Puccini!

Where we rehearse & perform

Cantorum rehearse at All Saints Church, 284 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, on Thursday evenings from 7.15pm to 9.15pm. Most of our concerts are performed there.

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