Cantiones Sacrae is a vocal ensemble that specialises in polyphonic choral music of the Renaissance period although the group also sings music composed in later centuries and compositions by contemporary composers.
The group sings all its music unaccompanied with one voice per part, the purity of the voices giving Cantiones Sacrae its distinctive sound.
The members of Cantiones Sacrae have adopted St Salvador's Church in Dundee as their "home" using the church as their main venue for concert performances.
Linda Dallas (soprano) was one of the founder members of Cantiones Sacrae back in 1998 and lives in Brechin with husband, Graham and daughter, Heather. She took a break from singing with the group due to various other commitments and rejoined the group in 2007 with renewed energy. Linda was educated at Morgan Academy in Dundee and was involved in many school ensembles playing the bassoon and other woodwind instruments. She was also a member of St Mary Magdalene’s Church Choir and Downfield Musical Society before leaving Dundee in 1990 to study to become a music teacher at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Linda currently teaches music at Carnoustie High School and is an elder with Brechin Cathedral, being the Education and Mission Team Convenor. Linda’s other main hobby is archery and she is an avid member of Links Archers based in Montrose.
Lisa Rose (alto) is now in her 17th year with Cantiones Sacrae. Where has all of the time gone! She has been involved in singing and music all of her life with various choirs and in musical groups but thinks that singing with Graeme, Jonathan and Linda is definitely the most fun, even if sometimes it does mean freezing in the church for two hours on a cold Monday night. Lisa works as the legal services manager at Angus Council and believes that singing is the best way to forget the stresses and strains of the office. Lisa lives in Brechin with her son, Patrick.
Jonathan Matheson-Dear (tenor) was educated at Dundee High School and at Harris Academy, where he took the lead role in their 1981 musical production of “Oliver!” and was Leng Gold medalist; his early musical training was as Head Chorister of St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, Dundee. Jonathan then completed an honours degree in law at Dundee University where he was president of the operatic society, before moving to Fife where he continued to participate in many musical productions both with Kirkcaldy Operatic Society and Dunfermline Choral Union. Jonathan is an associate solicitor with the firm of Ross & Connel in Dunfermline specialising in family law, criminal law and general litigation. He is in addition an active and prominent member of the local faculty of solicitors’ Deans Council. In his limited spare time, Jonathan enjoys football, cinema and theatre. Jonathan was also privileged as a guest member of the Faculty of Advocates’ choir to participate in a concert celebrating five centuries of sacred music at Notre Dame in Paris under the auspices of the Franco-British Lawyers’ Association. He has also performed in a number of special services in the past year at St Mary Magdalene’s Church, including their recent Remembrance Day event.
Graeme Adamson (bass) is a doctor who works with the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service in Dundee. He has been Cantor at St Salvador’s Scottish Episcopal Church for over twenty years which is the connection that led to him being invited to join Cantiones Sacrae. In recent years, Graeme has sung in a number of English abbeys and cathedrals including Buckfast, Chichester, Douai, Exeter, St Albans, Westminster, Wells, Winchester, Worcester, and York. He has also sung in the Netherlands, France, London and Oxford with the Bartholomew Consort, and in Devon and Somerset with the Blackdowns Early Music Projects. He is particularly delighted to be a member of the Schola Cantorum at the Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy in Wiltshire which each year includes a live radio broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3. Vocal music of the Renaissance period is Graeme's absolute favourite and he finds it intensely satisfying to perform. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, musical theatre, playing with all things technological, ice skating, eating good food and drinking red wine which, he maintains, is good for the voice!