Extracts from review of last summer concert
“Cantanti Camerati delighted their audience with a varied programme of songs across the centuries…..”
“The choir sang [madrigals from ‘The Triumphs of Oriana’] in a celebration of Elizabeth II’s 90th year – ‘Long live fair Oriana’.”
Of a Stanford partsong, “The choir created ‘sound pictures’….with a moving climax…”
Of Vaughan Williams’ Three Shakespeare Songs, “the atmospheric piece, Full Fathom Five….a demanding piece for singers, beautifully sung by the choir.”
“Complemented by Stephen’s conducting skills, ‘technique’ turned into a musical experience for the listeners.”
“…captivated by such a beautifully put together summer concert.”“Please come and sing for us again!”
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. The choir was formed in 1968, is based in Richmond-upon-Thames and rehearses on Thursday evenings under the auspices of Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College.
NEXT CONCERT DATE Saturday 10th March 2018 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm Click here
We perform at least five public concerts each calendar year beginning with the very popular spring concert series in March at Normansfield Theatre in Teddington (“Just a Song at Twilight”, having reached No. 40, was given a new title in 2017 - Spring Serenade: Not Strictly Just a Song). This year, it is called Spring Serenade: All at Sea.
Our late spring concert is an opportunity to provide a contrasting programme, recently at St Anne's Church in Kew Green. Last year in a new departure for the choir, it featured Britten's Saint Nicolas and Chilcott's Five Days that changed the world, with Children's Choir and tenor soloist. Other years have provided opportunities to sing a Summer Soiree, or to support local events. Concerts take place both in the London Borough of Richmond, and further afield, for example in St. James’ Church, Piccadilly. Usually in October/November we sing another more formal concert, and the year comes to an end with a traditional Christmas Carol Concert, now regularly held at St. Mary's Church, Twickenham. Many of our concerts have been given to support charitable causes.
The choir maintains links with choirs in Fontainebleau in France, and Konstanz in southern Germany. 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. More details here