Booking Bath Camerata
Bath Camerata is available to perform bespoke a cappella programmes or to sing as the chorus behind an orchestra, either conducted by Benjamin Goodson or prepared by him for the performance. The choir is renowned for performing in any genre, and even combining several styles in the same concert programme. Latest projects have focused especially on new music.
Recent large-scale highlights include: Bach St John Passion with James Gilchrist and players from OAE, Rachmaninov Vespers, Handel Dixit Dominus, Porgy and Bess with Sir Willard White and Bath Philharmonia, and a jazz-gospel-classical crossover setting of the Te Deum by John Featherstone.
A cappella programmes can be tailored to suit a theme, composer, genre or period. Recent examples include:
- Cycles of Life – Brahms Requiem and Jonathan Dove The Passing of the Year
- Summertime – music for a summer’s afternoon, including lighter repertoire
- They Are At Rest – an Armistice Day programme of words and music, featuring composers from all major European countries that suffered great loses during WW1
- Architecture in Music – a programme built around Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel, with other works by Xenakis, Cage & Glass, featuring solo viola and percussion
- Camerata Christmas – each year Bath Camerata offers a Christmas concert, which can be serious, light-hearted, or a mixture of the two!
Recordings and Premieres
Contemporary music is central to Bath Camerata’s programming and the choir has premiered numerous works, including new compositions by Sir James MacMillan, Giles Swayne, Stuart Hancock, and Ed Hughes. Bath Camerata has been commissioned to make a number of premiere recordings by composers in a variety of styles and genres. Most recently Camerata recorded John Featherstone’s Te Deum and gave the world and French premieres in 2017.