“The marvellously flexible Bath Camerata” 

Gramophone Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Bath Camerata is a quality choir”

London Jazz News

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Good musicians who work fast!”

Paul McCreesh

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Wonderful singers!”

Joanna MacGregor

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Choir

236_sqFor 30 years the award-winning Bath Camerata has been making music for the pleasure of audiences in the UK and abroad.

We have performed with The Three Tenors, the Tallis Scholars, I Fagiolini, Britten Sinfonia, Joanna MacGregor, Paco Peña and Brian Eno. We have been regular guests at the Bath International Music Festival, and have been invited to perform at major venues, from Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, to the Thomaskirche, Leipzig and Orlando Cathedral, Florida.

Bath Camerata has won a number of prizes, including BBC Adult Choir of the Year, and has worked with such esteemed conductors as Sir Roger Norrington, Richard Hickox, Paul McCreesh, and Nigel Perrin, its founding director. The choir has given numerous premieres, including a commission from the celebrated Sir James MacMillan, and has an extensive discography. “To Music”, a CD of German Romantic part-songs, was chosen as the Gramophone magazine’s Critic’s Choice.

Since the appointment in 2015 of its young and formidably talented new musical director, Benjamin Goodson, Bath Camerata has been receiving rave reviews, continuing to fulfil the title often used to describe it: one of the foremost chamber choirs in the country.

PRS for Music FoundationBath Camerata is supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

Benjamin Goodson

Benjamin Goodson

Bath Camerata’s brief for a new musical director was someone who was going to push the choir, bring new perspectives and help build the Camerata brand yet further, while maintaining the choir’s historical selling point as one of the most versatile groups in Britain. Since accepting the position of musical director of Bath Camerata in 2015, Benjamin Goodson has forged a strong and focused path of making music, attracting and fostering new talent, and exploring new fields of music and performance.

Biography

Benjamin Goodson is musical director of Bath Camerata, assistant conductor of the Grammy award-winning Rundfunkchor Berlin, and chorus master at Dorset Opera Festival. His performances are praised for their musicality, intensity and attention to detail. Goodson is regularly in demand as a guest conductor in repertoire ranging from early music to contemporary music and opera. In 2017 he makes his debut as chorus master at the Netherlands Reisopera.

Goodson studied at the University of Oxford, where he was awarded the University’s top conducting prize. Four years after graduating he was engaged by the University to become Oxford’s youngest ever Director of Music. Goodson has studied conducting with some of the world’s foremost teachers, including Sir Colin Davis, Paul Spicer and Ulrich Windfuhr. In addition to his work as a conductor, Goodson is also a passionate educator and frequently leads singing workshops across Europe.

“Unequivocally one of the most naturally gifted conductors I have encountered”
— Paul Spicer

Benjamin Goodson’s website (opens in new window)

Concerts

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Booking

Bath Camerata regularly performs at festivals across the UK, with a repertoire ranging from early music to new commissions, a cappella and jazz. The choir is also available for recordings and for the last several years has been engaged to record at least one new work per season. Concert and recording fees are very competitive: please use the contact form below to make an enquiry.

Bath Camerata is Recruiting!

We are currently seeking one ALTO and a SECOND BASS to join our line up of c.25 singers.

You will be an experienced chamber choir singer with excellent sight-reading skills, who is committed to rehearsing and performing at a high level.  We can offer exciting and challenging musical opportunities in a wide variety of styles – we sing everything from early music to world premieres, from classical to jazz, both a cappella and with professional orchestras.  Bath Camerata appears at prestigious festivals all over the UK, including the Bath International Music Festival. Next season will include the recording of a new large-scale commission, Bach’s St John Passion with James Gilchrist, a tour to Berlin, and our usual mix of concerts at UK festivals and venues.

We rehearse in central Bath on ad hoc Monday & Tuesday evenings and the occasional Saturday morning on a project-by-project basis. And we’re often to be found in the local pub after rehearsals!

Audition Process

To apply for an audition, please send the following information to info@bathcamerata.org.uk:

  • Name
  • Full contact details
  • Voice
  • Details of your singing experience and level

If invited to audition you will be asked to sing a solo aria chosen by you from a specified list and to prepare a short extract from Schönberg’s Friede auf Erden (a rehearsal score will be emailed to you in advance).  You will also be given some vocal exercises.  An accompanist for the aria will be provided.