In 1986, ex-Kings Singer Nigel Perrin gathered together a group of singers from the Bath area to see what could be achieved with West Country talent. Among the things achieved was winning the national Choir of the Year competition, and all those years later BATH CAMERATA continues to thrive, performing to a professional standard throughout the UK and Europe. From concerts in Wiltshire villages that blend serious and light music, to sacred performances in iconic venues like the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, to crossover collaborations with Brian Eno and flamenco wizard Paco Peña, 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.
After twenty-nine years of inspired leadership, Nigel Perrin is standing down as leader of BATH CAMERATA in April 2015 and the search has been on for a new musical director: new times, exciting times. Watch this space.