Definition of cantoris in English:
The section of a church or cathedral choir conventionally placed on the north side and taking the second or lower part in antiphonal singing. The opposite of decani.
- In the RCM parts, the verse section occupying bars 60-88 of the anthem is allocated throughout, more or less strictly in canon at the octave, to soloists singing from the medius cantoris and tenor decani part books.
- The post-Reformation choir was usually split into two antiphonal groups: cantoris on the precentor's side and decani opposite on the dean's side.
- The cathedral precentor sits opposite the dean - whence the name for the two sides of the choir: decani and cantoris (‘of the singer’, i.e. the precentor).