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     Oxford Camerata

    In the first half of the 1980s Henrietta Cowling, David Hurley and Jeremy Summerly established this choir.  The made their debut in Oxford in May 1984 and after performing J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion in 1986 they won the patronage of Sir Peter Pears.  He passed away within a few days of becoming their patron and was replaced immediately by Philip Ledger.  Not long after they also won the patronage of Lord Bullock. 

     

    The choir, led by Jeremy Summerly, can vary in size from 4 to 20 members and, depending on what they are performing, they perform a cappella or sing with the accompaniment of a solo instrument, an ensemble or an orchestra, often using period instruments.  Although their initial repertoire was early music, they widened their scope of music after about 8 years and now perform anything from Gregorian chant to present day works. 

     

    Known for their many concert performances throughout Europe they are recognised as being one of the foremost ensembles of their kind in Europe and were the recipients of a European Cultural Prize in 1995.  No strangers to the recording studio, they have released around 30 CD recordings to date.      

     

    Members of the Camerata past and present include:

    Jonathon Arnold

    Lisa Beckley

    Robin Blaze

    Andrew Carwood

    Miranda Cawrse

    Philip Cave

    Alison Coldstream

    Robert Evans

    Andrew Gant

    Nicholas Gedge

    James Gilchrist

    David Hurley

    Carys-Ann Lane

    Deborah Mackay

    Michael McCarthy

    Janet McMumn

    William Missin

    Daniel Norman

    Andrew Olleson

    Rebecca Outram

    Julian Smallbones

    Jeremy Summerly

    Matthew Vine

    Dominic Wallis

    Edward Wickham

     

    Oxford Camerata recordings

    Be Merry, Be Merry (15th century English)

    Naxos 855075 (CD: Medieval Carols)

     

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.camerata.demon.co.uk/serv01.htm
    2. http://www.singers.com/choral/oxfordcamerata.html
    3. http://www.naxos.com/choirinfo/Oxford_Camerata/14916.htm
    4. http://www.classicsonline.com/catalogue/product.aspx?pid=2282
    5. http://www.naxosdirect.com/title/8.550576
    6. http://stellaceli.style.coocan.jp/day_signal/?p=516

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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