Kantos Chamber Choir was founded in 2015 by Elspeth Slorach. The choir comprises the top choral singers across the North West who have begun or are about to begin their professional careers. Since its formation, Kantos has risen to be at the forefront of choral singing in Manchester. The choir prides itself on the originality of its concerts, performing both well-known and new compositions in innovative and exciting ways. We are proud to be the associate choir for Collective31. Our breadth of repertoire has included works by Handel, Brahms, Martin, Macmillan and composers from the North West.
In addition to our own concerts, Kantos regularly performs for the BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service and Sunday Worship programmes. Other recent engagements include a recording with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for a Radio 3 drama production of Anthony Burgess' 'Oedipus'; two recordings with the RNCM Wind Orchestra and an album of contemporary Christmas carols under the record label Prima Facie. Upcoming events include a tour around the North of England, an album of premiere recordings in celebration of the centenary of the suffragette movement and a performance at Chester Storyhouse.
Elspeth is a young conductor based in the North West. She graduated from the University of Manchester in 2015 with a First Class degree in Music. In her time at the University, Elspeth was the Musical Director of the University’s Chamber Choir, Ad Solem, and Assistant Conductor of the University Chorus and The Cosmo Singers. She was an Orchestral Conductor for the Manchester University Music Society, working with many ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra and as Musical Director for the Opera in 2015. On graduating, Elspeth took up the post as Trainee Vocal Delivery Artist for Opera North Education, assistant conducting the Opera North Children’s Chorus and Youth Chorus as well as working in primary schools and with community choirs across the North. Currently she is the Musical Director of Hallam Choral Society and Preston Orpheus Choir, Director of Music at St Peter’s Church in Hale, guest conductor for Settle Orchestra and Musical Director of Kantos Chamber Choir. Elspeth is also a conductor for the Hallé’s Corporate Choir Scheme, Assistant Conductor for the Hallé’s Youth Choirs, and she has recently worked with the Lancashire Chamber Orchestra and the Bolton Symphony Orchestra. Elspeth began studying for a Master of Performance in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in September 2016 where she is Assistant Conductor for their Chamber Choir and Symphony Chorus.