Cantanti Camerati has now changed its name back to Richmond Chamber Choir. We have decided to revert to our original name to better represent the scope of our repertoire.
In a normal year, we perform at least four public concerts in the London Borough of Richmond and locally in other boroughs. Our secular concerts have had themes of "Shakespeare in Song", "The Flowers appear on the Earth" and "Pictures at an Exhibition", utilising venues such as the beautiful Victorian Normansfield Theatre in Teddington, and the arts venue at The Exchange, in Twickenham among others. Our concerts of sacred music have been performed at St Anne's Church, Kew Green, St James's Church, Hampton Hill, St Mary's Sunbury on Thames, and St Mary's Church, Twickenham.
To celebrate the choir's 50th Anniversary in 2018, we enjoyed a bumper musical trip down memory lane to a packed church. Other years have provided opportunities to sing a Summer Soirée, or to support local events.
Our Christmas concerts with organ, while traditional at heart, are exciting affairs, often including string or brass quartet, handbells, hurdy-gurdy, and a peal of tower bells in the hour before the concert, as well as audience participation in carols. 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, the choir 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.