"Cantare: the beauty and tone of their voices, which blend together superbly, and the clarity and crispness of their words were outstanding" — Janet Wilson in Muse magazine, Feb., 1998.
Founded and directed by Patricia Whitbread, Cantare was an a cappella ensemble of twelve young women. It began with a group of five singers in 1994, before CAMRA was founded. It later continued in association with CAMRA, with up to twelve members.
Cantare performed widely, at church services, weddings, concerts, fairs, and at folk festivals. Its repertoire readfiled church music, spirituals, jazz, and original compositions written by members of the group, often arranged by Colin Forbes. Cantare had major successes at the Australian National Eisteddfod.
A Cantare CD was made and launched on 20 March 1999.
The members of the ensemble all played an instrument or studied singing. A number of them went on to professional careers in music or other work elsewhere. Some continued to appear regularly in CAMRA's Canberra productions!