CANTICUM CHAMBER CHOIR (Emily Cox, founding musical director) is an independent semi-professional choir and ensemble-in-residence at St Mary's Kangaroo Point, Brisbane. The choir performs a diverse repertoire from the renaissance and baroque periods through to choral music of the late 20th century and contemporary composers.
Since its formation in 1995, CANTICUM has become an important part of Australia's music community, introducing audiences to numerous composers and works hitherto little known in this country. CANTICUM presents its own concerts and collaborates regularly with professional arts companies such as The Queensland Ballet, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Other highlights include performances for the Brisbane Festival, the Queensland Music Festival and Cathedrals Week. From 1994-2006 CANTICUM presented an annual Good Friday Musical Meditation at St John's Cathedral which was regarded as one of the highlights of Brisbane's artistic life, and included performances of Arvo Pärt's Passio (1994, 2000), J S Bach's St John Passion (2004) and James Macmillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross (2006). In 2009 the ensemble performed the Brisbane premiere of Richard Mills Passion according to St Mark as well as Haydn's Creation, both with QSO. CANTICUM performed Handel's Messiah with QSO directed by Geoffrey Lancaster in 2010, and recently presented two performances of Tallis' legendary 40-part motet Spem in Alium.
A significant highlight of CANTICUM'S fifteen-year history was selection from an international field of choirs to be a featured guest choir at the 7th World Symposium on Choral Music held in Kyoto, Japan, in August 2005. CANTICUM has released several CD recordings, including In Paradisum - a Celebration of Australian Choral Music.