CANTEMUS midi file store

CANTEMUS is a choir of about 35 singers of all ages, which meets weekly in Bedhampton, near Havant in Hampshire on a Tuesday evening. The choir gives at least three public performances every year. The spectrum of music is fairly broad but contains a preponderance of music written for the church. If anyone is interested in joining in the friendly atmosphere to make music, have a look at the website cantemushavant.com where you will find information about the choir and contact details. This music is expected to be sung from April 2022 for a concert in early July.

Principles of Robins MIDI file design.

Each sung part has their own version of the work in the fom of a synthesised misic file known as a MIDI file (filename.mid). Parts and accompaniment have appropriate sounds similar to singers or organ and piano.The singer's part will be audibly enhanced on the right stereo channel, other parts will be at a lesser volume on the left stero channel, and accompaniments will be slightly muted and balanced over both channels. You can change your computer's stereo balance to enhance these effects, but If you are using stereo headphones the effect can be achieved by offsetting the relevant earpiece so you hear less or no sound from it.

Please note that this is strictly for practice, and you may not always hear a particularly pleasant sound, and there will be no dynamics.

Sometimes there are solo parts alongside the choral parts. In this case they will always be heard on both channels.

Before unaccompanied pieces, or pieces starting with no piano intro, to strike the rhythm and pitch for the singer, two extra bars are inserted at the beginning. The first bar contains the initial note of the part on each beat of the bar, and the second bar is empty. However the bar numbers of the MIDI file will always match the score.

File download area

Find your voice in the table alongside the piece of music you wish to hear or load down.

If you are using Windows, depending on your browser settings, the file may play at once with QuickTime, or with MediaPlayer. Or you may get a pop-up which will offer you the option to "Open" the file, or "Save" it with some warnings about safety. If you only wish to save the file without playing it, you can right-click and follow the drop-down menu to the "Save As" option where you will be asked to choose where on your computer to place it.

If you are using Apple software, the file will be loaded down to the "Downloads" directory, from where you can play it with your default music program or with one of your choice.

My gratitude goes to John Hooper (web site www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk) whose midi files for some of the pieces here have been adapted for this website.

Music for use from April 2022

NOTE: If you click on the column under "Youtube?" (if it is not blank) you may find a reasonable quality actual performance, sometimes including a rolling score for good measure. Should you find a number (EG 5:50) this is the minutes and seconds offset to the start of the piece.

Title of Piece ComposerVersions for each partYoutube?
Aesop's FablesBob Chilcott Click here to access the whole work
See we Assemble
King Arthur act 5 prelude
Purcell Sop Alt Ten Bass 0.54
Tis Love That Warms us
King Arthur act 5
Purcell Sop Alt Ten Bass 0.0
Wretched Lovers
Acis and Galatea Part 2 no 13
Handel Sop Alt Ten Bass 0.0
Galatea, Dry Thy Tears
Acis and Galatea Part 2 no 29
Handel Sop Alt Ten Bass 0.0
Va Pensiero
from Nabucco
Piece starts at bar 12
Verdi Sop 1 Sop 2 Alt Ten 1 Ten 2 Bass 0.54
Bridal Chorus
from Lohengrin
Richard Wagner Sop 1 Sop 2 Alt 1 Alt 2 Ten 1 Ten 2 Bass 0.0
The Silver SwanGibbons Sop Alt 1 Alt 2 Ten Bass 0.0
The BluebirdStanford Sop Alt 1 Alt 22 Ten Bass 0.0
A Nightingale Sang in Berkley SquareManning Sherwin Arr Sop Alt Ten Bas

Access Previous MIDI Practice Files:

If you wish to address midi files from the Whole Works section, or files used for previous concerts click the item identified below, or choose the option to access all files.

  1. WHOLE WORKS - Handel's Messiah
  2. here for Christmas concert 2006
  3. here for Easter concert 2007
  4. here for Summer concert 2007
  5. Here for Christmas concert 2007 (15/12)
  6. here for Easter concert 2008 (15/03)
  7. Music for Summer concert 2008 (15/6)
  8. Music for Christmas concert 2008 (13/12)
  9. Music for Easter concert, 2009
  10. Music for summer concert, 2009
  11. Music for december concert, 2009
  12. Music for Easter concert, 2010
  13. Music for Summer concert, 2010
  14. Music for Christmas concerts, 2010
  15. Music from January 2011 - Karl Jenkins' Armed Man and Bob Chilcott's Requiem
  16. Music for Summer concert, 2011
  17. Music for Christmas concerts, 2011
  18. Music for Easter concerts, 2012
  19. Music for Summer concerts, 2012
  20. Music for Autumn concerts, 2012
  21. Music for Winter concerts, 2013
  22. Music for Spring concerts, 2013
  23. Music for Autumn concerts, 2013
  24. Music from January 2014
  25. Music from April 2014
  26. Music from August 2014
  27. Music from January 2015
  28. Music from April 2015
  29. Music from August 2015
  30. Music from January 2016
  31. Music from April 2016
  32. Music from September 2016
  33. Music from January 2017
  34. Music from April 2017
  35. Music from September 2017
  36. Music from January 2018
  37. Music from April 2018
  38. Music from September 2018
  39. Music from September 2019
  40. Music from January 2020
  41. Music from September 2020
  42. Music from October 2021
  43. Music from January 2022
  44. Music from April 2022
  45. here to access any or all midi files on this site (including those for the Renaissance choir and the Southampton Choral Society)

Technical Notes on Midi file structure.