Cantanti Camerati is a chamber choir that specialises in performing unaccompanied English music. We are also known for the wide range of music that we tackle - from band-accompanied Broadway shows to opera excerpts. Cantanti Camerati was formed in 1968, is based in Richmond-upon-Thames and rehearses on Thursday evenings under the auspices of Richmond Adult Community College.
We perform 5-7 concerts each calendar year beginning with the very popular series “Just a Song at Twilight” in March. Since 2013 the venue has been at the Normansfield Theatre of the Langdon Down Centre in Teddington. Due to popular demand this series has three performances.
Our May concert is an opportunity to provide a contrasting programme, recently at St Mary's Church in Kew Green, featuring repertoire from Mozart, Haydn and Britten, and this year will be "The English Baroque"; the July concert has become a Summer Soiree. Other concerts take place both in the London Borough of Richmond, and further afield, for example in St. James’ Church, Piccadilly. In October/November there is usually another more formal concert, and the year comes to an end with a Christmas Carol Concert which, like last year, will be in St. Mary's Church, Twickenham. Many of our concerts have been given in order to support charitable causes.
The choir maintains links with choirs in Fontainebleau in France, and Konstanz in southern Germany (and in the past with Richmond, Virginia, USA), in support of the twinning agreements with those towns. In addition, in October 2009 a sizeable group from the choir visited Sierra Leone in order to encourage the re-establishment of musical education in the Freetown area following the ending of the civil war. In the months leading up to that visit, we ran a donation scheme for second-hand musical instruments, receiving an overwhelmingly generous response, and were able to provide over 200 musical instruments and stacks of sheet music.
New members are welcome to join the choir, and when space permits, entry to full membership is after a formal audition; members are expected to be able to make a regular commitment, in order that standards may be maintained. There is, of course, a membership fee but we believe that it is more modest than that for many choirs. We have reduced terms for students and those on low incomes.