My association with Cantate goes back to 2008 when we heard the choir performing in the music festival at Ashwell Church, Hertfordshire. We enrolled our daughter the next term, aged 8, and she worked her way through training/junior and senior choirs, finally leaving in 2018. Attending Cantate was a huge part of her childhood; both in terms of the incredible musical experience it gave her and the friends she made. It was particularly important given that neither her primary nor secondary schools had any musical provision -no choirs, orchestras or anything else! I have been helping out with Cantate in various ways from the start, first at concerts, then as a ‘wardrobe’ manager and I finally joined the Trustees in 2018. I became Chair in April 2019.