Cantores Michaelis is a semi-professional vocal consort. Some of the singers are former choral scholars from the University of Southampton and the group is funded by The Friends of St Michael's and based at the ancient Southampton City Centre church of St Michael the Archangel. The Director Keith Davis founded the group in 2000 for St Michael's. Cantores Michaelis sing in St Michael's every Sunday and Feast Days during the academic year. In addition they remain in Southampton for Christmas services including Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols and Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, similarly for Holy Week and Easter.
Their repertoire ranges from Gregorian Chant, Tudor and Renaissance Masses and Motets, also mass settings by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, to works by living composers of the 20th & 21st Centuries. Their first commercial CD of Christmas Carols 1500-2000 on the Herald record label is distributed on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify and was released November 2015. The group had a featured solo slot in BBC 1 Songs of Praise November 2018. As we return from Covid lockdowns Cantores is performing all through the 2021 Christmas season including singing carols aboard Saga's Cruise ship Spirit of Discovery and Grand Harbour Hotel Ocean village. June 2022 they were featured in the Falkland's 40th Anniversary a civic & religious service held in the ruins of Holy Rood church, Cantores Michaelis also sang for the 25th Falklands anniversary in 2007. Updated June 27 2022