Introduction

In 1986 Nigel Perrin gathered together a group of singers from the Bath area to see what could be achieved with West Country talent. Twenty-eight years on, BATH CAMERATA continues to thrive, performing to a professional standard throughout the UK and Europe. From concerts in Wiltshire villages that blend the serious and the light, to sacred performances in iconic venues like the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, to crossover collaborations with Brian Eno, the variety of music performed is one of the identifying features of the choir. Recent years have seen Bath Camerata perform with the inimitable Tallis Scholars in Sherborne Abbey, do the stupendous 40-part music of Tallis and Striggio with Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini (broadcast live on Radio 3 to rave reviews) and a new edition of Mozart’s Requiem with renowned conductor Paul McCreesh. The choir’s Good Friday concerts in Wells Cathedral have become a fixture on the musical calendar and, elsewhere, the enthusiasm with which the light hearted repertoire is received is testament to the choir’s versatility.

 

McCreesh

Mozart with McCreesh

A couple of years ago, I saw Paul McCreesh and his Gabrieli Consort do the Monteverdi Vespers in the old Romanesque cathedral in Uzès, a picturesque small town in the hills above the Languedoc plains.  It was a remarkable performance, not least because the singers were all male, including two spectacular high countertenors who ripped …

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Botley

All Saints’, Botley, October 18

It’s quite easy to overlook how much goes on in small town Britain, and just how lively the cultural scene is outside the major centres. Arts and music festivals abound in villages and on private estates all over the country, and even if they are small scale they often attract international performers of top calibre. …

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