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Known Pleasures Paul Caine

Known Pleasures - Paul Caine
Fri 24th Nov 2017

This edition of Known Pleasures come to us from Paul Caine, Managing Director of TrustIV. Paul is a long term supporter of Manchester Camerata and is an avid attender to all our concerts. Trust IV is a corporate supporter of Manchester Camerata and we're greatly appreciativee of the support they…

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Camerata in the Community - Journey to Home
Tue 24th Oct 2017

  From September to December 2017, our Camerata in the Community team are working alongside Mosscare St. Vincent’s Housing Group to create music and drama with residents from four sheltered housing schemes in Moss Side and West Didsbury. The residents from each centre are creating songs, narratives and pieces of…

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Known Pleasures - P R O S E
Mon 9th Oct 2017

This playlist comes from Manchester band P R O S E. P R O S E and Manchester Camerata are performing together on the 9th December at Band on the Wall. A band that live and breathe Manchester are collaborating with 'Britain's most adventurous Orchestra' to launch their new album…

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What’s happening in Camerata in the Community?
Tue 3rd Oct 2017

Our Camerata in the Community team consists of Lucy Geddes (Camerata in the Community Manager), Gareth Bibby (Camerata in the Community Projects Officer), Emma Arnold (University of Leeds placement) and Robyn Dowlen (University of Manchester PhD student). Together the team plan, organise and facilitate the yearly programme of activities that…

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Known Pleasures Paul Heathcote

Known Pleasures - Paul Heathcote MBE
Wed 13th Sep 2017

Celebrity chef and Manchester legend Paul Heathcote MBE gives us his list of tracks that he's listening to at the moment.  'Three are fairly recent, music has a great ability to take you to places new or old however I just like the new stuff'   Listen to the playlist…

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Jonathan Moulds given honorary life patronage by Manchester Camerata
Fri 8th Sep 2017

We know first-hand just how much the Arts need its advocates, its defenders and its champions.  That’s why we have chosen to honour a very special supporter of ours – Jonathan Moulds.  As the CEO of Bank of America Merrill…

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Known Pleasures Jane Sorrell correct

Known Pleasures - Jane Sorrell
Wed 6th Sep 2017

Jane currently works part time in a primary school with special needs children and also volunteers at Manchester Camerata, looking after Patrons. She worked in fundraising and events at the Library Theatre and fundraised for the schools she's worked in. Her background is in ballet and opera so musical tastes are…

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Known Pleasures James Thomas

Known Pleasures - James Thomas
Thu 24th Aug 2017

This month's playlist is created by our new Head of Artistic Development and Programming, James Thomas. James joins us from Sinfonia Cymru and has listed some albums he's listening to at the moment.   Listen to the Playlist on Spotify here    

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New Head of Artistic Development & Programming
Wed 26th Jul 2017

Manchester Camerata announce appointment of new Head of Artistic Development & Programming   Manchester Camerata announce the appointment of James Thomas as their new Head of Artistic Development & Programming. James joins the orchestra from the award-winning Sinfonia Cymru, and takes up his position on 31 July 2017.   As Head…

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Music in Mind News Articles
Fri 21st Jul 2017

Our Music in Mind project has been featured in a number of articles recently. As we learn more about art and health as a society, Camerata are continually at the forefront of pioneering Dementia research and this has been noticed by many news outlets.  For any more information on out…

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We're hiring - Marketing & Communications Consultant (Part Time)
Thu 13th Jul 2017

  Marketing & Communications Consultant (Part Time, 2 days per week)   Glastonbury openers, UK Ensemble of the Year (RPS Music Awards 2017) and ‘Probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra’ (The Times)… Manchester Camerata is looking for an exceptional Marketing & Communications Consultant who has a proven track record of leading…

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Known Pleasures - Guy Keeble
Wed 12th Jul 2017

Guy Keeble is Head of Commercial Entertainments and Sport at MEN Media and as a veteran of working in Mancunian Media knows a thing or two about the arts scene in this great city.    Guy gives us his thoughts on some tracks he is currently spinning. Click here to…

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We're moving offices to Old Granada Studios, Manchester as of 30th May 2017
Sat 27th May 2017

If you would like to get in touch please do so at: Manchester CamerataOld Granada Studios (Floor 6)2 Atherton StreetManchesterM3 3GS Tel: 0161 226 8696Email: info@manchestercamerata.comDirections here  

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#WeStandTogether Concert
Fri 26th May 2017

All of Manchester’s communities stand together in strength, resilience and love. In this most musical of cities, Manchester’s orchestral musicians from the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata will come together with The Bridgewater Hall for a concert in support of the families and friends of the victims of…

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A Statement from Manchester’s Arts and Cultural Organisations
Fri 26th May 2017

We have all been deeply saddened at the tragic events of Monday at Manchester Arena. Our hearts go out to the families, friends and loved ones of the victims, and to all of those affected by this terrible attack. The fact that the attack took place at a concert, where…

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Known Pleasures: Kim Thompson
Mon 22nd May 2017

Based in the North West, Kim Thompson is a freelance artist specialising in illustration, storyboards and live art.  Kim has a reputation as one of the most talented artists amongst the Queer alternative scene in the region and has been commissioned by Manchester Camerata to bring her awesome and unique…

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Laurence Perkins Steps Down
Mon 22nd May 2017

After 43 years with Manchester Camerata, Laurence Perkins has made the decision to leave his post as principal bassoonist with the orchestra. Laurence said: “It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with such a fine team of players for so long, and this has been a…

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Manchester Camerata wins RPS Music Award for Ensemble
Tue 9th May 2017

  Read more on BBC News - The orchestra that won a top classical music award - for raving

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We are going to Glastonbury!
Wed 3rd May 2017

Manchester Camerata & Haçienda classical with Graeme Park, Mike Pickering to open Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2017     Manchester Camerata and Haçienda Classical with Graeme Park, Mike Pickering are to open this year's Glastonbury Festival main stage in the prestigious Friday…

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Music in Mind in Longsight
Thu 27th Apr 2017

                        We are currently looking for people living with dementia and their carers to take part in a Music in Mind project at Northmoor Community Centre…

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Known Pleasures: Office of Craig
Tue 25th Apr 2017

Introducing our new feature, Known Pleasures, whereby we talk to artists and creatives in the city to discover what music makes them tick.  We can't think of a better place to start than with our friends at Office of Craig who have been instrumental in our visual identity in recent…

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Thoughts from a patron
Wed 1st Feb 2017

    Patron Eileen Eastwood discusses her experience of Manchester Camerata over the festive season. On New Year’s Day I went to the Camerata’s Bridgewater Hall concert and experienced awonderful transformation to my flat post-festive mood. Light,…

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CEO Bob Riley wins prestigious ABO/Rhinegold Award—Orchestra Manager of the Year
Fri 27th Jan 2017

  AWARDS RECOGNISE INNOVATION, FINANCIAL ACUMEN, INDEPENDENCE, AND DIVERSITY IN CLASSICAL MUSIC AT ANNUAL ABO CONFERENCE The sixth annual ABO/Rhinegold Awards took place last night, shining the spotlight on the managers who contribute so much to the success of…

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Fundraising dinner for Manchester Camerata
Tue 15th Nov 2016

Join us for an evening of music, laughter and tears as we host a fundraising dinner to support Camerata's pioneering dementia programme, in association with Albert Square Chop House. —Thursday 26 January 2017, The…

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Camerata in the Community news
Thu 10th Nov 2016

Our groundbreaking Music in Mind project for people living with dementia continues apace, with sessions continuing in care homes and community centres in Rochdale as funded by the Middleton, Heywood & Rochdale CCG, and Tameside Public Health funded sessions in Ashton Under Lyne & Droylsden. We are also very fortunate…

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Camerata in the Community Award Nominations
Wed 26th Oct 2016

Congratulations are in order for our fantastic Camerata in the Community team who have been nominated for not one but two awards for their innovative and engaging projects.

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Hacienda Classical Tour
Thu 20th Oct 2016

 Following huge critical acclaim and phenomenal demand FAC 51 The Haçienda and Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra are bringing back  Haçienda Classical in 2017 with a brand new soundtrack for the concerts.   The incredible show sees the DJ's who shaped The Haçienda's sound – Mike Pickering and Graeme…

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Hacienda Classical - Channel 4 Documentary
Thu 13th Oct 2016

  C4 and legendary Manchester club FAC51 The Haçienda's documentary "Hacienda House Orchestra" has followed this year's Hacienda Classical concerts from their first rehearsal and debut gigs, the triumphant Royal Albert Hall show, the Manchester homecoming…

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From Haydn to Hendrix pre concert event
Wed 14th Sep 2016

  As a pre-concert event to the season opener on 24th September, playwright Louise Wallwein will perform a new play about living with Young Onset Dementia. The work is inspired by the ‘Our Stories’…

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‘Haçienda Classiçal’ album set to be released October 2016
Thu 8th Sep 2016

    The team behind legendary Manchester club FAC 51 The Haçienda is set to release a full ‘Haçienda Classiçal’ album on 21st October 2016, following the unprecedented success of a series of…

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Times article—Hendrix, hard liquor and headsets: the new orchestra rules
Tue 30th Aug 2016

Before the autumn concert season, The Times look at ten ways in which classical groups are changing their tune Orchestras can play anything One of the most unlikely hits of 2016 has been the Manchester…

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REVIEW - Manchester Camerata Mozart Finale, Bridgewater Hall
Tue 7th Jun 2016

THIS finale of the Camerata season was a triumph, a celebration of the ensemble playing which makes this orchestra, under its dynamic, likable music director, Gábor Takács-Nagy, such a pleasure to hear. The programme, all…

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Manchester Camerata Stage Experience—get closer to the music
Wed 1st Jun 2016

To celebrate the end of the season, we’re giving you the chance to get closer than ever to the music and sit on stage with the orchestra and Ray Chen for the second half of Friday's season finale. The Stage Experience is open to only ten people, so act fast.…

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Ray Chen to replace Nicola Benedetti
Thu 26th May 2016

We are very sorry to announce that Nicola Benedetti has been advised by doctors to withdraw from Manchester Camerata’s season finale at The Bridgewater Hall (3 Jun) and further concerts in Harrogate (1 Jun), Crewe (2 Jun) and Malvern (4 Jun). We are delighted that Ray Chen will replace Nicola…

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Dementia Awareness Week 2016: Sharing the creative potential of people with dementia
Thu 12th May 2016

As part of the Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Awareness Week (15th – 21st May 2016), we celebrate and share three of our current projects for people with dementia in Greater Manchester.   Our Stories – for people with Young Onset Dementia and their carers

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4 Stages: Young People to join Camerata Orchestra for Uniquely Local Tour
Thu 17th Mar 2016

For fun, friendly evening of well-loved classical music with a local twist.   First Art and Orchestras Live have teamed up to invite world-class chamber orchestra Manchester Camerata to work with local young people in creating a…

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Clod Ensemble present: An Anatomie in Four Quarters
Thu 17th Mar 2016

Clod Ensemble and Manchester Camerata invite audiences to discover The Lowry’s Lyric theatre as they’ve never seen it before as the company launches the venue’s inaugural Week 53 festival.   "An Anatomie in Four Quarters presents big ideas more…

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Robert Beale on one of the highlights of Manchester Camerata’s season
Thu 17th Mar 2016

Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Manchester Camerata An all-Mozart programme, with the mega-talented Jean-Efflam Bavouzet as soloist in two piano concertos, was always going to be a highlight of Manchester Camerata’s…

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Martha Argerich to tour Italy with Camerata
Thu 10th Mar 2016

Manchester Camerata and legendary pianist, Martha Argerich, will be reunited for the first time since their remarkable performance at MIF 2013, for a tour of Italy this April. The tour includes concerts in Bologna, Brescia, Padova with a short…

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Carlos Acosta 'A Classical Farewell' Tour
Thu 10th Mar 2016

Manchester Camerata will be touring with Carlos Acosta, a legend in the world of ballet, this May. “…charismatic Acosta is one of the very best dancers of his generation. He has only to stand still on stage and all eyes are drawn to him.' Evening Standard

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Patrons make Connections with Camerata
Thu 10th Mar 2016

Last week two Camerata patrons, Jane Sorrell and Malcolm Pitcher, paid a visit to one of the organisation's community projects, 'Connections' at the Whitworth Art Gallery.  Here Jane describes their experience and why she feels it's important for patrons to see where and how their money is being spent. 'As…

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Fatal Distraction performance makes powerful impression on audience
Thu 3rd Mar 2016

Hundreds descended on the Crewe Lyceum Theatre on 25 February for ‘Fatal Distraction’ - a moving and challenging performance devised by Cheshire students working alongside Manchester Camerata.  The piece, which also featured a cameo…

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The Guardian - Could music projects cut the cost of dementia care?
Wed 2nd Mar 2016

Camerata musician Amina Cunningham works with dementia patients in Manchester.  Manchester Camerata orchestra is pioneering music projects in care homes; now academics are to study whether the sessions do more than just entertain…

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The Times, Richard Morrison, Five Stars - Hacienda Classical
Mon 8th Feb 2016

'Probably Britain's most adventurous orchestra' Manchester’s Hacienda club is now (a touch symbolically) luxury flats. The 24-hour party people, the raves and raids are but 25-year-old memories. Yet its music refuses to die. Its leading lights may…

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Italian Lakes Camerata Challenge
Tue 26th Jan 2016

Are you a seasoned club cyclist or looking for a reason to get back in the saddle? The Italian Lakes Camerata Challenge could be just what you need to kick start your 2016. A fully supported…

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Fatal Distraction - a new opera with Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service
Tue 26th Jan 2016

Students from four Cheshire colleges are joining together with firefighters from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service to create a new opera called Fatal Distraction.  The creative music and drama project looks to tackle the issues surrounding young people and road traffic collisions.

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Camerata return to Crewe for three concert series
Tue 1st Dec 2015

Following a successful visit to Crewe Lyceum Theatre in September, Manchester Camerata will return in the New Year with a season of three exceptional orchestral concerts. The concerts, supported by the Arts Council England and Cheshire East Council,…

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Profile - Robyn Dowlen, Music in Mind PhD student
Tue 1st Dec 2015

We recently welcomed Robyn Dowlen to the Camerata team.  Robyn is a PhD student working to develop an 'in the moment' multisensory assessment tool to evaluate the impact of music on individuals living with dementia, and will involve working on Manchester Camerata's 'Music in Mind' project. This world first for…

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Fundraising dinner for Camerata's dementia programme announced
Tue 1st Dec 2015

On Thursday 28 January Manchester Camerata, in association with Albert Square Chop House will be hosting a fundraising dinner for the orchestra's dementia programme.   The evening will be presented by the bard of Barnsley, Ian MacMillan, and will…

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Haçienda Classical at the Royal Albert Hall
Mon 26th Oct 2015

Having sold out two dates in Manchester in a matter of minutes, FAC 51 The Haçienda and Manchester Carmerata, the city’s experimental orchestra are to bring Haçienda Classical to London with a special event at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall on…

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UpClose at Band on the Wall - Audience Reaction
Wed 7th Oct 2015

Our 2015-16 UpClose series kicked off last night at Manchester's Band on the Wall. This season, UpClose is being curated by the extraordinary young Norwegian trumpet virtuoso, Tine Thing Helseth, who last night presented The Soundtrack of My Life - the music that has defined her. Full set list 

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Tameside Opera - Living in Your Town
Tue 6th Oct 2015

A Camerata composer, dramatist and musicians from the orchestra have developed a new opera with older people in Tameside as part of an initiative by Tameside Public Health to reduce the sense of loneliness in our communities. …

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REVIEWS: Espana, Beethoven and the Beatles
Tue 29th Sep 2015

Our Espana concert got the 15/16 season off to an exuberant and joyful start. Read the reviews: Manchester Evening News      Seen and Heard International      Bachtrack 'It was a lovely and lively interpretation of the piece (Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez), with the orchestra producing some…

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The Camerata Stage Experience
Thu 17th Sep 2015

What does it feel like sitting in the midst of a professional orchestra playing at full throttle? Ten lucky audience members will find out on 26 September as we invite you to sit in the thick of the action with the orchestra as they perform Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony at The Bridgewater…

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HACIENDA CLASSICAL
Thu 3rd Sep 2015

Mike Pickering & Graeme Park perform first Haçienda night with live orchestra Friday 5 February 2016, The Bridgewater Hall, ManchesterWith Special Guests & Manchester Camerata  FAC 51 The Haçienda and Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra, are to collaborate with the…

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The Guest List Founders Jane and Stephen Sorrell
Wed 2nd Sep 2015

We recently caught up with Jane and Stephen Sorrell, founding members of The Guest List, to find out more about them, what inspired The Guest List and what being a member means to them. Stephen is a partner…

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Camerata Returns to Crewe
Mon 17th Aug 2015

Manchester Camerata is returning to the Crewe Lyceum on 27 September for the first time since 2010 with a concert which aims to lay the foundations for re-establishing a concert series in the town. The orchestra was…

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Album in a Day
Thu 13th Aug 2015

Over 40 creative young people from around Greater Manchester came together at The Bridgewater Hall on 30 July to make an Album in a Day, with help from practitioners from Manchester Camerata, Brighter Sound and The Bridgewater Hall. Aged between 13 and 18 with musical talents ranging from singer/songwriter to…

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Stafford series announcement
Fri 24th Jul 2015

It is with deep regret that we announce that Stafford Borough Council has been unsuccessful in a bid which would have kept Camerata in residency at Stafford’s Gatehouse Theatre. Manchester Camerata has been performing at the Gatehouse since 2002 with the local authority successfully securing money from the Arts Council…

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World-First Dementia Research
Thu 23rd Jul 2015

Manchester Camerata appoints PhD student to conduct Dementia research Manchester Camerata has announced the appointment of Robyn Dowlen, a PhD student who will be developing an ‘in the moment’ multi-sensory music assessment tool to pilot with…

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Camerata record with New Order
Tue 14th Jul 2015

New Order record live strings for ‘Music Complete’ with Joe Duddell & Manchester Camerata Read more in the Manchester Evening News New Order recorded live strings with composer/arranger Joe Duddell and Manchester Camerata for their new album Music Complete. The recording took place at 80 Hertz Studios in The Sharp Project in…

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REVIEWS: Arvo Pärt and Manchester Camerata, MIF15
Mon 13th Jul 2015

Our concert with Arvo Pärt as part of Manchester International Festival 2015 was extraordinary. Read the Reviews The Guardian    Manchester Evening News    Manchester Confidential 'Playing in semi-darkness with minimum vibrato, Manchester…

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City Live 2015 Competition
Thu 9th Jul 2015

Manchester Camerata will be performing live at MCFC’s City Live 2015 on 5 August at Manchester Central. As well as two 20 minute performances the orchestra will also be performing the soundtrack to the new City Live intro video, and this year the club is inviting fans to enter a…

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Knutsford Promenades 'Texts from the Front'
Thu 9th Jul 2015

Schoolchildren from three Knutsford Primary Schools staged their own original mini-opera, ‘Texts from the Front’ as part of the Knutsford Promenades, on Saturday 4 July. Children from Bexton, Egerton and Manor Park Primary Schools explored significant historical events through stories and interviews from ex-servicemen. Using these as inspiration they composed lyrics…

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175-On Chester On
Tue 5th May 2015

'175-On Chester On' Opera celebrates 175 years of the University of Chester More than more than 350 performers gathered on Monday 11 May at Chester Cathedral to take part in a spectacular mini opera to celebrate the University of Chester's 175th Anniversary. The performance was the culmination of Manchester Camerata's…

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RPS Music Awards - Music in Mind shortlisted
Tue 31st Mar 2015

Manchester Camerata's pioneering Music In Mind project for people living with Dementia has been shortlisted for the RPS [Royal Philharmonic Society] Music Award for Learning and Participation. Music in Mind's pioneering approach…

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Caffè Nero Partnership Announced
Thu 19th Mar 2015

Manchester Camerata has partnered with European coffee house brand, Caffè Nero, which has more than 600 stores worldwide, to bring a new range of cultural experiences to coffee and classical music lovers. This innovative…

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Music in Mind in Salford
Tue 10th Mar 2015

Places available for People with Dementia on new Music in Mind programme in Salford Manchester Camerata are offering music therapy sessions for people with an early diagnosis of Dementia and their carers at Garden Needs Community Wellbeing Centre, Radford Street, Salford M7 4NT. This project is in partnership with the…

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AUDIENCE BLOG: UpClose - Challenging the Senses
Mon 2nd Mar 2015

Blindfolded at the Royal Exchange1 March 2015, QuietManDave The Royal Exchange on a Sunday afternoon. A very talented Camerata string quartet. Blindfolds, sandpaper, silk, feather, cocktails and scents in the air.…

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AUDIENCE BLOG: Bizet, Elgar, Mozart
Thu 12th Feb 2015

Local entrepreneur and Managing Director of Swiscot, Vikas Shah, shares his experience of our performance in the recently refurbished RNCM concert hall on Wednesday night, featuring our exceptionally talented Principal Cellist, Hannah Roberts, as soloist in Elgar's…

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REVIEW: Stunning Strings & Violin Virtuosity
Mon 2nd Feb 2015

Friday night saw our return to the beautiful Manchester Cathedral, as we welcomed back Booths' pop-up gin bar for a special concert experience. Leader Adi Brett showcased the rare 1752 Guadagnini violin, on loan to the orchestra by arts philanthropist Jonathan Moulds, in Haydn's stunning Violin Concerto. 

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REVIEW: Manchester Camerata Strings at the Cathedral
Mon 2nd Feb 2015

Neil Sowerby, Manchester Confidential, 1 February 2015             Neil Sowerby salutes the blossoming violin virtuosity of Adi Brett One of the…

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Youth Forum Interview: Deon Davis
Wed 28th Jan 2015

'Camerata gets me, each one of us has a connection.'  We caught up with Youth Forum member Deon Davis for the lowdown on life in the Youth Forum, what goes on, and the highlights so far...   What difference has being part of the Youth Forum made to you?

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CD REVIEW: American Record Guide
Thu 15th Jan 2015

Top reviews are still rolling in for our recording with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet of Haydn's Piano Concertos, the latest from James A. Van Sant writing in the American Record Guide.  The distinguished French pianist…

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REVIEW: Bill Ryder-Jones, Saint Saviour: The Kazimier, Liverpool
Mon 5th Jan 2015

Paul Higham, GetIntoThis, December 2014As the Saint Saviour and Bill Ryder-Jones collaboration rolled into Liverpool, Getintothis’ Paul Higham took in a unique night with…

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Michael Kennedy has died aged 88
Fri 2nd Jan 2015

We are deeply saddened by the news that Michael Kennedy, distinguished music critic, biographer and loyal Camerata Patron, has died aged 88.                          …

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Stafford Composer in Residence explores identity of Stafford
Thu 1st Jan 2015

In a unique celebration of Stafford's culture, young adults with mental health conditions have been working with Camerata's Stafford Composer in Residence, Katie Chatburn to create a new piece of music based on the identity of Stafford. The young adults have been drawn from Quest Day Opportunities and Chebsey House…

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Arts Professional: 'UpClose' & Personal
Tue 16th Dec 2014

UpClose & Personal, Arts Professional, 15/12/14                   This season we will be experimenting with simple, sensory ways to heighten the audience’s experience and transform the…

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AUDIENCE REVIEW: The Trumpet Shall Sound
Mon 15th Dec 2014

Since I first saw Manchester Camerata in action at Manchester Cathedral in October, I had a feeling that our paths would cross again very…

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BBC: The Loneliness of Autism
Sat 13th Dec 2014

For five years, Manchester Camerata has been working in partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre to deliver Songlines - a special opportunity for young people aged 10-14 on the Autistic Spectrum and their non-autistic peers. Research shows the project improves self-confidence, self-efficacy, teamwork, and parent/child relationships. Supported by Children in…

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Grant for Youth Forum
Thu 11th Dec 2014

Manchester Camerata Youth Forum is celebratating a renewed grant from Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Manchester Camerata is delighted to announce that following a successful grant application to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation (ALW Foundation) funding has been…

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Songlines Blog by Paul and Imani Caine
Thu 11th Dec 2014

Paul Caine, Chief Executive of Trust IV and founding member of Camerata Connect recently attended one of our Songlines sessions with his daughter Imani.  They were both so impressed with the project they decided to write a blog about their experience.

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SUNDAY TIMES REVIEW: Saint Saviour, In the Seams
Tue 2nd Dec 2014

Dan Cairns reviews Saint Saviour's latest album, In the Seams, featuring Manchester Camerata, for The Sunday Times. The sparser acoustic moments on Becky Jones's 2011 debut, Union, provide the template for this wonderful second album. Gone…

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The Independent: Classical music's new movement
Mon 24th Nov 2014

Classical music's new movement: Bob Riley and Manchester CamerataThe Independent, 24.11.14                          On the hunt for new audiences,…

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REVIEW: Music sounds better played standing up
Wed 19th Nov 2014

Michael White, Music Critic, 03/10/2014 'I was seriously impressed. And left the hall telling myself I wouldn’t let so many years go past before I heard the Camerata play again.' Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is one…

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Heroes with Grimy Faces
Tue 18th Nov 2014

Manchester Camerata and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service have been working alongside four Cheshire primary schools this term to create a brand new piece of music theatre, highlighting the evolution of the firefighter, their duty to society and the role of the female firefighter. Listen to participants being…

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Bridgewater Canal is inspiration for school children's opera
Mon 10th Nov 2014

Our project with schools in Salford, creating an opera using the Bridgewater Canal as inspiration is in full flow. Read the article from Manchester Evening News, and discover what they've been up to so far.

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Meet our Musicians: Caroline Pether
Thu 6th Nov 2014

Manchester Camerata violinist Caroline Pether dropped in for a chat recently. She tells us more about herself, her music and why a Camerata concert can be an emotional experience. What’s been your favourite Camerata concert?

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Three New Appointments Strengthen Manchester Camerata Board
Wed 29th Oct 2014

Manchester Camerata has announced the appointment of three new board members, strengthening and enhancing the existing team at an important time in the organisation’s development. It is a statement of intent by the Manchester-based chamber orchestra which has recently undergone a period of re-evaluation resulting in a renewed vision to…

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Opera sets sail on the Bridgewater Canal
Thu 16th Oct 2014

Six Salford primary schools are adding an unusual twist to their history lessons – by writing and staging their own opera. Around 600 pupils in years 5 and 6 will work with musicians, a composer and dramatist…

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ACE G4A funding announced for two projects
Thu 16th Oct 2014

Manchester Camerata has recently had confirmation from Arts Council England that two bids for Grants for the Arts Funding have been successful. The first G4A is for a four date tour in December with former Groove…

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CD REVIEW: Haydn Concertos, Jean Efflam-Bavouzet
Tue 14th Oct 2014

Top reviews are still rolling in for our recording with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet of Haydn's Piano Concertos. Read our reviews here. The Telegraph: 5 StarsGeoffrey Norris, October 11 2014 "Bavouzet, who received a…

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AUDIENCE REVIEW: Bill Ryder-Jones 'If...'
Mon 13th Oct 2014

                  Well, let me start off by saying that this was my first visit to Manchester Cathedral, and very impressive it is too. I've always…

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A night to remember with Bill Ryder-Jones and Manchester Literature Festival
Fri 10th Oct 2014

                  Last night saw a wonderful collaberation with Bill Ryder-Jones, and Manchester Literature Festival in the beautiful surroundings of Manchester Cathedral, complete with a pop-up bar from BrewDog.   Read the…

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A flying start for the new season
Mon 22nd Sep 2014

                  With two sold-out concerts, and hardly an empty seat available at The Bridgewater…

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Is your name on The Guest List?
Tue 16th Sep 2014

Manchester Camerata is looking to attract new supporters by offering a unique new experience with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to its musicians and guest artists.  The Guest List has been developed jointly by Camerata’s Head of Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy, Claire Barlow and Guest List founding members Stephen and Jane Sorrell…

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Songlines is back and we need you!
Tue 16th Sep 2014

Manchester Camerata's Songlines project returns this month and we'd like more young people, with or without ASD/Asperger's Syndrome, to take part. Songlines is an exciting opportunity for young people with ASD and their peers to explore music, art and drama in a friendly and supportive setting.  This year they will…

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CD REVIEW: Financial Times 5 Star Review
Mon 8th Sep 2014

Our Haydn Piano Concertos recording with inspirational pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has been awarded a 5 Star Review by the Financial Times.Buy Online  Haydn: Piano Concertos – review By Richard Fairman, Financial Times

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Eclectic Sparks: Manchester Camerata's new season and beyond
Mon 1st Sep 2014

Classical Music Magazine - September IssueBy Robert BealeRead the article online   Manchester Camerata does not just talk the talk about ‘re-defining…

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How orchestras are riding the wave of change
Thu 28th Aug 2014

The Guardian - Culture Professionals NetworkBob Riley (CEO of Manchester Camerata)  Read the article online                   From cannabis concerts…

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CD REVIEW: Haydn Piano Concertos Nos 3, 4 & 11
Thu 14th Aug 2014

Last September we collaborated with the inspirational pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet to record three Haydn Piano Concertos.  The disc, released under the Chandos label, has been selected as one of Gramophone Magazine's Editor's Choice recordings. Read the review below.  Order the CD Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Gramophone Interview…

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FEATURE: Wall Street International
Wed 13th Aug 2014

Manchester Camerata Season 2014/15 Feature in Wall Street International Manchester Camerata opens its 2014/15 season on 20 September as it means to go on, with a trademark programme full of musical contrasts. The concert…

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Meet Our Supporters: Paul Caine, Trust IV Ltd
Mon 11th Aug 2014

We popped into Trust IV’s offices in Manchester city centre for a chat with their Managing Director, Paul Caine. Watch the interview to get to know more about Paul and why Trust IV chose to support Manchester Camerata. Trust IV are founding…

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International Arts Manager - In Harmony
Thu 7th Aug 2014

Inspired by El Sistema, UK initiative In Harmony provides creative, innovative music education for the children who need it most.   Richard Shrewsbury, Project Manager, In Harmony writing in International Arts Manager, 16 July 2014        …

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Manchester Academy Summer School
Thu 7th Aug 2014

Musicians help ease transition to secondary school at Manchester Academy Following the success of our recent Our Moss Side project with Manchester Academy, Manchester Camerata musicians have been working with the new cohort of Year 7s as part of the Manchester Academy Summer School.

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Meet Our Musicians: Nathaniel Boyd
Thu 7th Aug 2014

We recently caught up with Manchester Camerata cellist Nathaniel Boyd, fresh from performing with the World Orchestra for Peace at the BBC Proms.   He tells us more about himself, his music and why he loves…

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North West Tonight & The Guardian on Music in Mind
Thu 24th Jul 2014

Manchester Camerata recently joined forces with Care UK, the UK’s leading care provider to embark on a unique, inspiring and life-affirming creative programme, Music In Mind. Over the course of ten weeks, Manchester Camerata musicians, together with professional music therapists have been running twice weekly sessions with residents of Station House Care Home…

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Jonathan Price going for gold at RHS Tatton Flower Show
Tue 15th Jul 2014

Former Camerata principal cellist turned garden designer, Jonathan Price, is hoping to go one better at this year's RHS Tatton Flower Show, and win a coveted gold medal. Jonathan was principal cello with Camerata for thirty…

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Exclusive Footage of Camerata with Martha Argerich, Manchester International Festival 2013
Tue 15th Jul 2014

It's unbelievable to think that our spell-binding concert with the legendary Martha Argerich as part of Manchester International Festival was a year ago. We're delighted to bring you these previously unseen videos featuring special moments from THAT concert as well as behind-the-scenes interviews with Music Director, Gábor Takács-Nagy.

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New Partners on board for 2014-15
Thu 10th Jul 2014

We are delighted to welcome one of the world’s most respected violin dealers, Beare’s, to our family of corporate supporters as we head into our 2014-15 season, as well as announce a new partnership with craft beer specialists, Brew Dog, for our concert with Bill Ryder-Jones on…

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Samantha McShane speaks at Calvert 22 Conference
Thu 10th Jul 2014

Manchester Camerata’s Head of Creative Programming, Samantha McShane recently braved a challenging 17 hour journey, a missing suitcase (necessitating a 45 minute Russian shopping spree) and a night train from Voronezh to Moscow, to speak at Calvert 22, a 2 day creative conference in Voronezh, Russia.  

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The Guardian - Music in Mind
Mon 30th Jun 2014

Music brings harmony to dementia patients Interactive sessions with orchestral players reduces agitation and medication Helen Pidd, Northern editor, The Guardian, Monday 30 June 2014

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Joint Partnership with Care UK to Launch Music in Mind
Wed 28th May 2014

We have joined forces with Care UK, the UK’s leading care provider to embark on a unique, inspiring and life-affirming creative programme, Music In Mind. Over the next ten weeks, Manchester Camerata musicians, together with professional music therapists will run twice weekly sessions with residents of Station House Care Home…

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Backstage after Camerata 2013-14 Season Finale
Tue 27th May 2014

On 24 May, we brought our 2013-14 season to a triumphant close at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall. Watch exclusive videos below of Composer-in-Residence Laura Bowler and Music Director, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, filmed backstage on the night. We witnessed stunning performances from internationally respected young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, alongside our very own principal…

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Camerata Connect Business Network Launch
Wed 21st May 2014

On 14 May, we had the pleasure of launching Camerata Connect, our new business network for like-minded businesses from across the North West, at the stunning new headquarters of UKFast.

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Standing Ovation at Manchester's Albert Hall
Fri 9th May 2014

April 27 we performed for the first time in one of the city's most stunning and hidden venues - Albert Hall. This striking find was recently discovered and resurrected by Manchester venues company Trof, and Camerata were the first professional orchestra to perform there. We brought the hall to life…

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Camerata Leader Announcement
Wed 23rd Apr 2014

As our 13/14 season comes to a close in May 2014, leader Giovanni Guzzo will be moving on to pursue new musical ventures. The musical partnership between Giovanni, Gábor and…

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Q&A with Adi Brett
Wed 23rd Apr 2014

In June 2014, we look forward to welcoming the exceptionally talented Adi Brett as Camerata’s new leader, who will be sharing the role with an array of guest leaders over the coming seasons. Adi took…

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Albert Hall Goes Classical
Thu 10th Apr 2014

Join us as we explore two of the city's cultural gems coming together for the very first time. This April we shine a light on one of Manchester most stunning and hidden venues…

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Invitation to exclusive launch of Camerata's business network
Thu 3rd Apr 2014

We're excited to let you know that Becky Jones, AKA Saint Saviour, of Groove Armada will be performing alongside Camerata Principal Strings at our Camerata Connect launch event on Wednesday 14 May, 6-8pm.

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Facing the Unfamiliar
Wed 2nd Apr 2014

Songlines takes a pioneering new direction Now in its fifth successful year, Songlines is a special opportunity for young people on the Autistic Spectrum and their peers to explore their creative side and develop skills in music, drama and team work in a friendly, supportive environment.…

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An Interview with Nigel Hirst
Fri 28th Feb 2014

Nigel Hirst has been involved with Manchester Camerata for many years as a Board member, supporter and friend. We decided to have a chat to him about his association with the orchestra, along with a few other things… What is your relationship with Manchester Camerata?

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Manchester Camerata Announce Founding Members of New Business Network
Fri 28th Feb 2014

Manchester Camerata is delighted to announce the support of the founding five members of Camerata Connect – its new business network aimed at diversifying income streams for the orchestra and increasing corporate engagement. North West based companies Barlows (UK) Ltd, Ralli Solicitors, Trust IV, 

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Manchester Camerata and Strauss's Voice Festival on BBC Radio 3
Tue 25th Feb 2014

On Saturday 22 February Camerata took to the Bridgewater Hall stage as part of the Strauss's Voice Festival, as Manchester celebrates 150 years of Strauss's birth.

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Youth Forum amaze with fresh twist on Strauss
Mon 24th Feb 2014

Manchester Camerata’s Youth Forum returned to The Bridgewater Hall on Saturday 22nd February for their REmix pre-concert performance as part of the Strauss's Voice festival. The Youth Forum were engaged in intensive…

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Youth Forum members jump to stardom
Thu 13th Feb 2014

Manchester Camerata's Youth Forum is a collective of young people from Greater Manchester with a passion for music. In the past year they have have become active ambassadors for the orchestra, developing strong voices within the organisation and helping to shape the Youth Programme with their creative ideas for projects. The…

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Composers' Project Workshop Day Winner
Wed 12th Feb 2014

On 21 January we held our annual Composers' Project Workshop Day in the Royal Northern College of Music, giving young composers from RNCM, Chethams and Salford University the fantastic opportunity to showcase their music and gain feedback.

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Gábor and Man Utd
Wed 12th Feb 2014

Our inspirational music director, Gábor Takács-Nagy has been featured on Manchester United TV. Being a loyal supporter of the team he was thrilled to be asked. The crew filmed the rehearsals and final performance of our concert 'The Voice of God' on 22 November, and shot some interviews with…

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Citygrove Support Manchester Camerata's Important Learning Work
Tue 4th Feb 2014

Manchester Camerata is delighted to announce the support of property development and investment company Citygrove for In Harmony, a joint learning project in conjunction with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Staffordshire Performing Arts, Stoke on Trent Music Service and Telford and Wrekin Music. Citygrove’s sponsorship is vital for the…

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Pop-Up Gin Bar, Pop-Up Cathedral, World Class Music
Tue 4th Feb 2014

Exciting first for the city as Booths brings its first ever pop-up gin bar to Manchester for one night only - the perfect accompaniment to Manchester Camerata’s Love and Death concert on Saturday 8 February, 7.30pm at Manchester Cathedral.  Intrigued? 

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Introducing Music in Mind Community Sessions
Wed 29th Jan 2014

Manchester Camerata musicians have been working with music therapists John Habron and Greg Hanford to deliver music therapy sessions to people with Dementia and their carers. The sessions are now open to all members of the community, taking place at EachStep Blackley in North Manchester from 26th February to 7th May 2014.…

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Strauss's Voice Begins...
Fri 17th Jan 2014

For the next three months, Manchester Camerata, the Halle, BBC Philharmonic and The Bridgewater Hall join forces for Strauss's Voice - a unique collaboration celebrating 150 years of the birth of the German composer Richard Strauss.

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Merry Christmas from Bob Riley and all the team at Manchester Camerata
Mon 16th Dec 2013

It's been an exceptional year. Thank you for being part of this... Manchester Camerata - The Live Experience   Learning & Participation - 'Horrors of War' with Webster Primary School   Here's how you can support us

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Manchester Camerata are delighted to announce the launch of Camerata Connect, a new Business Network
Fri 6th Dec 2013

Manchester Camerata take inspiration from the Florentine Camerata – a group of 16th century musicians, poets, intellectuals and business leaders who met to engage with, guide and support the arts. We invite you to get into the Florentine spirit and engage with us and others. Join…

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Camerata Youth Forum - 'Find Your Voice'
Tue 3rd Dec 2013

Manchester Camerata Youth Forum is a collective of young people from Greater Manchester with a passion for music. The forum offers young people a chance to…

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Susanna Whawell's Blog - November 2013
Fri 29th Nov 2013

We asked Susanna Whawell, of Auxilium Legal, to talk about why Auxilium has chosen to sponsor Manchester Camerata.  Here she discusses how the support came about, and why she believes that music education for all…

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Fire, Music, Children and a Cathedral
Wed 27th Nov 2013

Tinderbox Tinderbox was a joint project between Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Manchester Camerata and the Philip Barker Charity, with the aim of working with young people to create a 45 minute musical drama piece to highlight anti-social…

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Horrors of War on Radio 4 Woman's Hour
Fri 22nd Nov 2013

Camerata musicians and a dramatist have been working with Year 6 students from Webster Primary School to explore the holocaust from the victim perspective and to create a semi-staged mini opera. The students have developed their own narrative and drama and composed their own music and lyrics.

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Statement
Sun 17th Nov 2013

The former board member Paul Flowers was only involved with Camerata for a brief spell, and we are unable to comment on the allegations on his personal life.

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Critics choice - 22 November 2013 The Voice of God?
Sat 16th Nov 2013

Our concert on 22 November was critic's choice... 'The music may be familiar: Mozart's great Serenade No. 10 for 13 wind instruments and Dvořák's delightful Serenade for Winds (plus a rarely…

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Join Manchester Camerata at The Bridgewater Hall for New Year festivities
Sat 16th Nov 2013

Make your New Year extra special this year by joining us for our much loved annual celebrations at The Bridgewater Hall. Whether you’re looking for a glamourous night at the musicals on New Year’s Eve or a waltz around Vienna on New Year’s Day, celebrate the start…

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Interview with Composer-in-Residence Laura Bowler
Fri 15th Nov 2013

Our 2013|14 Sound and Music 'Embedded' Composer-in-Residence Laura Bowler speaks to us about her aspirations for working with Camerata and further afield. One of our aims at Camerata is to stimulate and support the creation and performance of new music by up and coming composers, ensuring these works reach a…

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Tech Firm and Orchestra Work in Harmony to Inspire Manchester’s Young Athletes
Wed 13th Nov 2013

Gorton, Stretford and Moss Side Teens Learn Lessons from Classical Music and BusinessThe worlds of technology, music and sport collided last week in…

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Audience Snapshots - the Hendrix of the Cello's Return
Mon 11th Nov 2013

Last Friday Camerata were joined on the RNCM stage again by astonishing Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima, after a mesmerising performance with us in 2011.With a full house and standing ovation, it is safe to say it was a night that will be remembered by all for a while…

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Come to the Premiere of our Tinderbox Project
Fri 1st Nov 2013

Manchester Camerata, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Philip Barker Charity invite you to attend a truly unique performance of their ‘Tinderbox’ project at Chester Cathedral on 21st November, 2.30- 3.15 pm.

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Audience Snapshots - UpClose with Lemn Sissay
Mon 21st Oct 2013

Our first UpClose of 13|14 went down a storm on Saturday 19 October. In a formidable collaboration with Manchester Literature Festival, our principal players treated the audience to a performance of Beethoven's String Quartet no.130 interspersed with new poems by the remarkable poet Lemn Sissay. Watch the film below to…

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Michelin-starred Chef Creates Stradivarius-Inspired Menu for Manchester Camerata
Mon 14th Oct 2013

Classical music, fine dining, arts and business leaders and our 303 year-old, 1709 Stradivarius violin combined perfectly on Wednesday night at The Midland’s award-winning restaurant, The French, for a special event hosted…

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Brahim Kerkour wins George Butterworth Prize
Wed 25th Sep 2013

Produced by:  Sound and Music Sound and Music are delighted to announce that…

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From violinist to yoga guru
Mon 16th Sep 2013

Maureen Wray - from violinist to yoga guru We continue our exploration into the lives of our current and former orchestra members with an interview with former Manchester Camerata violinist, Maureen Wray.  After training at Chetham's…

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View from the orchestra
Mon 16th Sep 2013

Following Manchester Camerata's critically acclaimed performance with Martha Argerich at The Bridgewater Hall in July, we asked our orchestra members what they felt about the experience. "I think that this concert was a huge highlight for…

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#Lifeonshuffle & Jason Orange
Mon 16th Sep 2013

Last month Manchester Camerata’s Youth Forum created a brand new promenade style musical from scratch and performed it live at the RNCM.  The talented group of young people from Greater Manchester spent a week working alongside a team…

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Manchester Camerata announce Gaeia (Global and Ethical Investment Advice) as Event Sponsor for Seaso
Tue 10th Sep 2013

Manchester Camerata are delighted to announce that Gaeia (Global and Ethical Investment Advice) are sponsoring the season launch at Manchester Town Hall on Friday 20 September 2013 Gaeia was founded in 1993 by human rights campaigner and environmental activist, Brigid Benson and is one of the UK’s original ethical finance…

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Introducing our new Principal Second...
Wed 14th Aug 2013

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Emma Parker as our new Principal Second, sharing the role with Leslie Boulin Raulet. Amongst many other ventures, Emma also performs with the Badke Quartet. Interestingly, Emma has had indirect links with Camerata in the past, as the Badke Quartet studied with…

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Jonathan Price wins Silver Gilt at RHS Tatton Flower Show
Fri 9th Aug 2013

Jonathan Price's garden, 無 (Mu-No Thing), has won the Silver Gilt award at the RHS Tatton Flower Show.   In June, we ran a feature about our former principal cellist Jonathan Price and his exciting move into the world of landscape design. For those of you who were unable to see…

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Manchester Camerata announce Samantha McShane as new Head of Creative Programming
Wed 7th Aug 2013

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Samantha McShane as the new Head of Creative Programming. Samantha replaces Manus Carey who has taken up the role of Executive Producer for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra…

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Songlines Project Returns
Wed 24th Jul 2013

Songlines returns this October - an exciting and inclusive music theatre project for young people with ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome aged 10-14. The project will run until April 2014.            

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Standing ovations for Our Moss Side
Mon 15th Jul 2013

It's not just the likes of Martha Argerich who command a standing ovation. Last week, we worked with two schools from Moss Side who created a new anthem for their local area. Children from Webster and St. Mary's CE primary schools wrote every note and every lyric to the very…

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The Reviews are in... Martha Argerich and Manchester Camerata
Mon 15th Jul 2013

Our concert with the internationally acclaimed Martha Argerich on Friday has got everybody talking. Standing ovations don't come around very often in Manchester - Gábor's musical imagination reached new heights, Martha and David were incredible and the orchestra's energy as electric as ever. Social media has gone crazy and the…

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Martha Argerich Programme Change Announcement
Mon 8th Jul 2013

Martha Argerich will now be performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto no.1 at Friday's concert as part of Manchester International Festival. ‘Martha Argerich has astounded audiences throughout her career with both the virtuosity and profundity…

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From Manchester Camerata to Galaxy Gardens
Thu 27th Jun 2013

Budding landscape designer Jonathan Price, former principal cello for Manchester Camerata, is one of only five winners to have their garden designs displayed at the RHS Tatton Flower Show this July. Jonathan was principal cello with Manchester Camerata from 1981 until 2010, following his studies…

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Simon Armitage Examines Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies
Wed 26th Jun 2013

Manchester Camerata musician Diane Clarke recently appeared alongside Simon Armitage on a BBC Radio 4 programme about Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies.  A couple of months ago Manchester Camerata were thrilled to be asked by Tudor Rickards…

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A month of features, television and radio appearances
Wed 26th Jun 2013

The last month has been extremely busy for Camerata in terms of publicity. We were lucky enough to be involved in two BBC Radio 3 In Tune programmes,…

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Manchester Camerata announce Claire Barlow as Head of Corporate Partnerships
Wed 19th Jun 2013

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Barlow as Head of Corporate Partnerships. Claire joins Manchester Camerata alongside her role at Arts & Business North West,…

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Review of Giovanni Guzzo at the MBNA Chester Music Festival
Mon 17th Jun 2013

Manchester Camerata's dynamic leader Giovanni Guzzo performed at the MBNA Chester Music Festival earlier in June. Laura Robertson, reviewer for the arts and culture website Double Negative, said of Giovanni's concert at the MBNA…

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2013/14 Manchester Season Media Release
Fri 31st May 2013

Following a triumphant 40th anniversary season of sell-out concerts, Manchester Camerata announce their 2013/14 Manchester concert season under inspirational music director Gábor Takács-Nagy. A date for the diary this…

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Giovanni Guzzo performs live at the 34th Arts & Business Awards
Tue 21st May 2013

Earlier this month, Camerata's exuberant leader, Giovanni Guzzo, and pianist, Marco Fatichenti, played live at the 34th Arts & Business Awards at LSO St Luke's, London.   The 

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Review: Mozart III at the RNCM
Wed 24th Apr 2013

Rohan Shotton, reviewer for Bachtrack, gives a 4 star review of Manchester Camerata’s performance at the RNCM on Saturday 20 April.    Manchester Camerata’s series of Mozart concertos, an ongoing…

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Gabor's Desert Island Discs
Tue 23rd Apr 2013

    Imagine being a conductor, and someone asks for your top five favourite pieces of music!  That was the task faced recently by Manchester Camerata's Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy.…

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The Midland creates a musically inspired menu
Tue 23rd Apr 2013

 Giovanni Guzzo, our esteemed lead violinist recently performed to Michelin Starred chef Simon Rogan in the kitchens of The French restaurant at The Midland Hotel. The performance was ahead of a dinner…

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Q&A: Sam Salem
Mon 18th Mar 2013

In our final Q&A, we spoke to acousmatic composer Sam Salem about recording the Town Hall bells for Emily Howard's new piece Carillon, which we will premiere on 23 March:    Can you tell…

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Webster Primary School paints picture of school in music, art and film
Thu 14th Mar 2013

Year 4 Pupils from Webster Primary School in Moss Side have created a portrait of their school in music, visual art and film.   In a project called Portrait of Place the children worked with two Camerata musicians, a composer, artist and two RNCM students to produce new pieces of…

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Webster Primary pupils create mini opera based on holocaust
Thu 14th Mar 2013

Pupils from Webster Primary School in Moss Side recently worked with members of Manchester Camerata on an ambitious and ground-breaking cross-curricular arts project exploring the theme of the Holocaust.  The three day arts project built on a visit to the National Holocaust Centre and is a development of their Horrors…

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Q&A: Emily Howard on City Life concert
Wed 13th Mar 2013

  Ahead of the world premiere of Emily Howard's new piece, Carillon, on 23rd March, Emily took time out to tell us more about how she came to use the Town Hall bells…

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Q&A: Janek Schaefer
Mon 11th Mar 2013

Ahead of the world premiere of Emily Howard's new piece, Carillon, on 23rd March, we spoke to Emily, sound artist Janek Schaefer and acousmatic composer Sam Salem about the piece. We started with Janek Schaefer, who will be playing record…

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Martha Argerich to perform with Manchester Camerata at MIF
Thu 28th Feb 2013

World-renowned Argentinian pianist, Martha Argerich, will perform with Manchester Camerata as part of Manchester International Festival.  MIF, the world's only festival of original new work and special events, presented biennially, today announced its 2013 programme which runs from 4 to 21 July.

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Competition: City Life in the Mix
Fri 22nd Feb 2013

Manchester Camerata and Emily Howard invite DJs and producers to sample the sound of the Town Hall Bells ahead of our City Life concert. This March, Manchester Camerata and the sound of the Town Hall bells will come together for…

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Mozart and Vivaldi Remixed by Camerata Youth Forum
Thu 21st Feb 2013

Manchester Camerata's Youth Programme has got off to a vibrant start, with young people in Salford and Stafford remixing the music of Mozart and Vivaldi respectively, culminating in live performances before Manchester Camerata concerts. Hear one of the mixes in full below.

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Black on White: the Music of Heiner Goebbels
Thu 7th Feb 2013

Manchester Camerata, the RNCM and the University of Manchester have joined forces this spring to promote a festival celebrating one of the most original thinkers in the world of music, Heiner Goebbels. Saturday 23 March - Monday 25 March

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Four Seasons Concert: Audience reviews
Mon 4th Feb 2013

Our sell-out Four Seasons concert at the RNCM, featuring Vivaldi’s masterpiece and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires was a resounding success. But don’t just take our word for it, we’ve had so many fantastic comments from audience members via email and Twitter, we had to share them with you...…

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Leo Geyer's Moving Figure to be performed at Camerata concert on 20 April
Thu 24th Jan 2013

On Sunday 20 January Manchester Camerata held its annual Composers Workshop day with students from the RNCM, Chethams and, for the first time, Salford University. Musicians from Camerata spent a very successful day rehearsing,…

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Review: New Year concerts at The Bridgewater Hall
Tue 8th Jan 2013

Robert Beale, arts correspondent for the MEN reviews Manchester Camerata's New Year's concerts. DANCING to bring the New Year in has a history – the old-fashioned way is with waltzes and polkas, and there is nothing better for a Vienna-style New Year’s Day than Manchester Camerata’s concert at the Bridgewater…

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Rare manuscript makes guest appearance at Camerata's Four Seasons concert
Tue 8th Jan 2013

Manchester Camerata’s Four Seasons concert at the RNCM on 2 February will give audiences a rare opportunity to see and hear one of the earliest known versions of The Four Seasons.  Called the Manchester Manuscript, the part books pre-date the more commonly used Le Cene version and contain a number…

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Manchester Camerata's Inspire Day as part of In Harmony Telford/Stoke-on-Trent
Thu 13th Dec 2012

  It's our 40th Anniversary, and we're asking you to donate £40 to help us continue life-changing work such as this.

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Camerata's founder Raph Gonley has died
Wed 5th Dec 2012

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Manchester Camerata's Founder and passionate supporter, Raph Gonley, has died. A Memorial Service for Raph will take place on Sunday 9th December at 8pm at Menorah Synagogue, Cheshire Reform Congregation, Altrincham Road, Manchester, M22 4RZ (tel: 0161 428 7746). We offer…

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Review: Mozart II at the RNCM
Thu 29th Nov 2012

Michael Cookson reviews Manchester Camerata's last RNCM concert with Ingrid Fliter, for the prestigious Seen and Heard International website. Manchester Camerata warms up a cold night Serving as an antidote…

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Vodafone team up with Camerata for Christmas
Wed 28th Nov 2012

VODAFONE IRELAND has teamed up with Manchester Camerata for its 2012 Christmas TV advertising campaign. The festive advert, which is now showing on the small screen, features a heart-warming animation and a glowing soundtrack performed by Manchester Camerata.  Watch the advert here and get your heart all aglow!

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Celebrate New Year at The Bridgewater Hall with Manchester Camerata
Tue 6th Nov 2012

Our New Year concerts are always a festive highlight of the winter season at The Bridgewater Hall. Whether you’re looking for a fabulous ‘Night at the Opera’ on New Year’s Eve or a waltz around Vienna on New Year’s Day, we’ve got something special just for you. Full details below.…

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40 Fundraising Appeal
Sat 13th Oct 2012

We're 40 - and we’re launching a one-off fundraising appeal to raise £40,000 this year to support our future growth. We are asking you to make a one-off donation of £40 - £1 for every year of our…

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BBC Music Magazine web interview with Giovanni Guzzo
Thu 11th Oct 2012

Giovanni Guzzi joined Manchester Camerata in 2010. Ahead of the chamber orchestra’s 2012/13 season, BBC Music Magazine spoke to him about why music director Gábor Takács-Nagy is like a father to him and some of the highlights of the year

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Manchester Camerata launches new Youth Forum
Thu 27th Sep 2012

Manchester Camerata is marking its 40th anniversary by looking to the future with the launch of a new youth programme.  Its aim will be to offer young people the opportunity to develop skills and participate in new music projects across Greater Manchester, fusing classical and non classical styles to create…

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CHRIS MAYO ANNOUNCED AS NEW COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE
Wed 26th Sep 2012

Manchester Camerata is delighted to announce that Chris Mayo will be the orchestra's composer in residence for the 2012/13 season.  Chris's position with the orchestra has been made possible through funding from Sound and Music as part of the Embedded Scheme.  We caught up with Chris last week to find…

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Second season of Camerata UpClose
Thu 30th Aug 2012

In October, Camerata enters its second year of UpClose - the orchestra's eclectic series of laid-back concerts in smaller, more intimate venues around Manchester. Relax and unwind with a drink and enjoy a blend of classical and contemporary music at close quarters. Arrive early for contemporary sound-based artworks by John Hyatt and Lewis Sykes, taking inspiration from…

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Camerata enters Golden Age with loan of Golden Period Stradivarius
Mon 13th Aug 2012

  Manchester Camerata will soon be serenading audiences with the sound of a 1709 Stradivarius thanks to a generous loan by benefactor Jonathan Moulds, President of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s European business. Click on the link to hear leader Giovanni Guzzo put the Strad…

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Carreras & Jenkins Headline Preston Proms With Manchester Camerata
Mon 13th Aug 2012

Katherine Jenkins, the world’s most prolific classical artist is to sing with José Carreras in a world first at Preston Guild’s Proms in the Park on Friday 7 September. For more details and booking information,

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Learning: Deprived families to benefit from musical funding boost
Wed 25th Jul 2012

Manchester Camerata is delighted to be a partner of In Harmony, transforming the lives of children in deprived communities through orchestral music-making. In Harmony - an innovative project to introduce and encourage young people in Telford…

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Review: UpClose III, The Deaf Institute
Mon 23rd Jul 2012

A review of the third in our series of UpClose concerts was featured in Muso Magazine's April/May issue. Check out what they had to say about this intimate performance by Camerata. The third in a series in which players from Manchester Camerata take thoughtfully chosen…

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Review: Harrogate International Festival with Noriko Ogawa
Mon 23rd Jul 2012

On 5th July, Noriko Ogawa joined Manchester Camerata as part of the Harrogate International Festival for the Opening Gala of this year's event. Read what Harrogate News had to say about the performance. The Harrogate International Festival’s opening Gala Concert provided…

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Learning: Camerata's Surprise Concert
Fri 22nd Jun 2012

1700 Children from across Greater Manchester, Cheshire West & Chester and Blackburn came together on Wednesday 23 May 2012 at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester to learn about the instruments of the orchestra, rhythm, lyrics and Haydn in this specially written interactive performance of Haydn’s Symphony…

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Learning: A Place in Camerata History
Fri 22nd Jun 2012

  Saturday 26 May, 2012 was not only Manchester Camerata's season finalé concert - it was also the…

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REVIEW: Portrait of an Englishman
Wed 30th May 2012

Michael Cookson reviews Manchester Camerata's last concert of the season for the the prestigious Seen and Heard International website.   …

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Honour for Camerata Board Member Nigel Hirst
Thu 17th May 2012

Manchester Camerata Board Member Nigel Hirst has been acknowledged as one the North West's cultural champions.   On Friday 27 April, at a special concert at Chetham’s School of Music, Arts & Business announced its North West…

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Brahim Kerkour: A Year as Composer in Residence
Thu 17th May 2012

Brahim Kerkour has now completed his tenure as Composer in Residence at Manchester Camerata. The project was part of the Embedded scheme run by Sound and Music, aimed at giving young composers experience of working with orchestras at a crucial time in their careers. Brahim talks…

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WIN Tickets to Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Fireworks Concert
Sat 12th May 2012

    Once again Manchester Camerata is pleased to be a vital part of the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power event in…

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LEARNING Stockport Lullabies
Fri 4th May 2012

Working with musicians from Manchester Camerata, early years children and their parents have been exploring music through traditional song and lullabies.  Manchester Camerata, supported by the Brian Kennedy Trust, created a project for parents and early…

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LEARNING: Portrait of Ulverston
Fri 4th May 2012

Taking inspiration from Camerata’s 2011/12 season theme of Portraits and as part of the Portraits of Place project, young people from Grasmere CE Primary and Croftlands Junior School worked with a composer, Camerata musicians, and visual artist to create a portrait of Cumbria in music, photographic collage and live…

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Spreading the Love - Camerata without Boundaries
Wed 25th Apr 2012

Manchester Camerata's concert on Saturday 28 April 2012 - Portrait of Love - will also be seen by audiences across the UK and around the world thanks to digital partnerships in the North east of England, BBC Music Magazine and Medici.tv …

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BBC Music Magazine screens Camerata's Portrait of Love
Wed 25th Apr 2012

Manchester Camerata's Portrait of Love concert on Saturday 28 April 2012 is being shown live on the BBC Music Magazine website www.classical-music.com.        …

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Discover Medici TV and Manchester Camerata
Wed 25th Apr 2012

Manchester Camerata teams up again with the prestigious classical music broadcaster Medici.tv to beam Camerata's Portrait of Love concert (28 April 2012) for which the orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy is joined by mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany.   …

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REVIEW: Portrait of Faith
Mon 23rd Apr 2012

Conductor Nicholas Kraemer's concert designed for Holy Week with Manchester Camerata in Manchester Cathedral is reviewed in CityLife by critic Robert Beale.   "For some, all classical music…

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REVIEW: Beethoven 9 - International Record Review
Fri 6th Apr 2012

Manchester Camerata's most recent release - Beethoven 9 - receives a stunning review in the April edition of the International Record Review.  Read extracts from Mortimer H Frank's review below.  "Anyone who feels that a period…

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REVIEW: Beethoven 6 & 8 CD
Fri 30th Mar 2012

John J Puccio reviews Manchester Camerata's recent CD in his blog Classical Candor. You can read extracts of his review below, and click through to the full text via the link below. "Of all Beethoven symphonies,…

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NoteAble Numbers featured in Rochdale Online
Fri 30th Mar 2012

Rochdale Online has featured the experience of six talented young musicians from Rochdale Sixth Form College as they took part in Manchester Camerata's NoteAble Numbers Learning project which culminated in a special performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in March.  …

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NoteAble Numbers Triumph
Sat 24th Mar 2012

Manchester Camerata's Learning project NoteAble Numbers reached its exciting climax on Friday 23 March 2012 at the Royal Northern College of Music.  Sponsored by Bank of America, the project was designed to be used across primary, secondary and further education levels to promote a greater…

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Camerata's Penrith Concert on BBC Radio 3
Sat 17th Mar 2012

  BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting Manchester Camerata's concert on Monday 19 March 2012 Live from Penrith Methodist Church.   Gabor Takacs-Nagy conducts Manchester Camerata in Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen and Mendelssohn's…

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Electric Atmosphere for Up Close III
Sat 17th Mar 2012

  The third in Manchester Camerata's series of Up Close events took place on Tuesday 6 March - with works by Satie, Glass, Part and Ysaye performed alongside a new projected work by musician and artist John Hyatt.   …

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Up Close debut for Brahim's Solo Cello Piece
Sat 17th Mar 2012

  Young Anglo-Morrocon composer Brahim Kerkour is about six months through his residency as Manchester Camerata's first composer in residence.  He's been working with the orchestra as part of the ‘Embedded’ scheme run by Sound and Music. …

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Young Composers' Camerata Debut
Sat 17th Mar 2012

    Manchester based composer - Aaron Parker - has seen his new work 'Look me In the eyes' premiered by Manchester Camerata at it's recent Portrait of War concert at the Royal Northern College of Music. The piece was chosen from a…

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Olympianist makes a date with Camerata
Thu 15th Mar 2012

  Self-styled Olympianist - Anthony Hewitt - makes a date with Manchester Camerata during his nationwide tour de force in May.    Next Up Close event on Wednesday 16 May 2012 at the Anthony Burgess Foundation - 

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REVIEW: Entering the Kingdom of Mozart in Stafford
Thu 15th Mar 2012

  "Gabor Takacs-Nagy, paraphrased the bible to declare that unless you become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of Mozart.  Kathryn Stott was completely in the zone." Chris Ramsden reviews Manchester Camerata's Echoes of War in Stafford on 14 March 2012 for…

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REVIEW: Portrait of War - Gábor's Considerable Talents
Tue 13th Mar 2012

  "Another highly satisfying and inspiring concert from the Manchester Camerata who go from strength to strength." writes critic Michael Cookson from Seen and Heard International.    "Hungarian conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy continues to…

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LEARNING: Castlechurch's Portrait of War
Mon 12th Mar 2012

   Children from a Stafford primary school will be performing their own interpretation of life in their neighbourhood during the Second World War, before Manchester Camerata's next concert in the city on Wednesday 14 March 2012   …

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REVIEW: The Tablet - Marking out a distinctive role in Britain's musical life
Sun 11th Mar 2012

  "Members of the Manchester Camerata perform on their feet, not sitting. Under their brilliant new director, they are marking out a distinctive role in Britain's musical life."   Richard Jones reviews Manchester Camerata's Portrait on an Hungarian: Part 2 concert…

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LEARNING: Stanley Grove's Wartime Home Front
Sat 10th Mar 2012

  Children from Stanley Grove Primary School in Longsight in Manchester have been working with a creative team from Manchester Camerata to create a new work reflecting life on the home front during the conflicts of the twentieth century. …

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REVIEW: Beethoven 9 - The Sunday Times 26 February 2012
Sun 4th Mar 2012

Manchester Camerata's acclaimed recording of Beethoven 9, conducted by Douglas Boyd, amd the culmination of the complete Beethoven Symphony cycle, was released on the AVIE label in February 2012.  It was reviewed by The Sunday Times newspaper on Sunday 26 February 2012 …

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REVIEW: Beethoven 9 - The Times 25 February 2012
Sun 26th Feb 2012

Manchester Camerata's acclaimed recording of Beethoven 9, conducted by Douglas Boyd, amd the culmination of the complete Beethoven Symphony cycle, was released on the AVIE label in February 2012.  It was reviewed by The Times newspaper on Saturday 25 February 2012 …

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Beethoven 9 Exclusive iTunes Release
Sun 19th Feb 2012

The fifth and final recording in Manchester Camerata's Beethoven Cycle - Beethoven 9 - is now available to buy exclusively on iTunes till 1 March 2012.  The CD will be released soon on the Avie label and marks the culmination of an amazing ten year…

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ACE Funding for Camerata Digital ambitions
Sun 19th Feb 2012

Manchester Camerata has received funding from Arts Council England for a pilot project to continue the development of its exciting digital strategy As part of MC’s developing digital ambitions, Manchester Camerata is receiving funding from Arts…

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Camerata's Portrait of Chester
Fri 17th Feb 2012

Supported by Philip Barker Trust, eight schools from across Chester have been working with Manchester Camerata musicians, a composer and visual artist to create original music and visual art inspired by living and growing up in Chester. The results were performed at Chester Cathedral on…

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Getting Closer to John Hyatt
Fri 17th Feb 2012

February saw the second installment of Manchester Camerata's Up Close series, in collaboration with musician and artist John Hyatt.  The series aims to break down the barriers between the artists and the audience, and explore new and intimate ways of experiencing high quality music. …

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Camerata's NoteAble Numbers project reaches climax
Thu 16th Feb 2012

Manchester Camerata's NoteAble Numbers project reaches a climax on 23 March at the Royal Northern College of Music.  Sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the project was designed to be used across primary, secondary and further education levels to promote a greater awareness of…

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Calling all Amateur Musicians!
Thu 16th Feb 2012

Amateur players from across the North West are invited to join Camerata musicians at the Royal Northern College of Music to learn new repertoire and meet new friends! Are you an amateur musician?  Would you like to…

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REVIEW: Camerata's Ideal Music Director
Fri 3rd Feb 2012

A 'stunningly played and fascinating Hungarian themed programme' is how Seen and Heard critic Michael Cookson described Camerata's recent Portrait of an Hungarian: Part 2 concert at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. The evening included performances by pianists Noriko Ogawa and Philip Smith, and percussionists Dame Evelyn…

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RECORDING: Beethoven 9
Tue 31st Jan 2012

The fifth and final recording in Manchester Camerata's Beethoven Cycle, to be released soon on the Avie label marks the culmination of an amazing ten year journey for the orchestra under the baton of its former Music Director, Douglas Boyd.

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Camerata in North East Digital Partnership
Thu 26th Jan 2012

Manchester Camerata has joined forces with two other high profile Chamber orchestras as part of an unique scheme to make high quality orchestral music available to audiences across the North East of England.  The scheme –…

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Music In Mind
Sun 22nd Jan 2012

In association with Valuing Older People and Alzheimer’s Society, and supported by Rayne Foundation, Manchester Camerata will be delivering music therapy sessions to people with Dementia and their carers from northern and central Manchester. Manchester Camerata musicians…

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Stockport Lullabies
Sun 22nd Jan 2012

  Manchester Camerata is working with Stockport Council with the support of the Brian Kennedy Trust to offer Stockport Lullabies - a project for parents and early years children at Stockport Art Gallery. Working with a…

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Portrait of Chester: Update
Sun 22nd Jan 2012

  Supported by Philip Barker Trust, seven schools from across Chester have been working with Manchester Camerata musicians, a composer and visual artist to create a new piece of music and visual art inspired by living and growing up in Chester, which will receive…

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Q&A - Brahim Kerkour - Composer in Residence
Sun 22nd Jan 2012

Brahim Kerkour is Manchester Camerata's first Composer in Residence.  Since the start of the season he's been `Embedded' with the orchestra, discovering the work it does both on and off the concert platform.  His first composition for Camerata - 'Moment Translucent' -…

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Cellist Matthew Barley applauds Future's Project
Thu 19th Jan 2012

Internationally acclaimed cellist Matthew Barley joined Manchester Camerata for the second stage of its exciting Futures Project, launched as part of the orchestra's commitment to continuing development and innovation.   Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation the Futures…

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Premieres for Brahim Kerkour's New Work
Thu 19th Jan 2012

A new work by Manchester Camerata's in Residence - Brahim Kerkour - receives its first performances in January and February 2012.  'Moment Translucent' was created as part of the Embedded scheme run in conjunction with Sound and Music. …

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Judith Watson joins Camerata Board
Fri 6th Jan 2012

Manchester Camerata is pleased to welcome Judith Watson as a new member of the the board.        As a partner at Cobbetts LLP, Judith handles the whole spectrum of employment law…

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LEARNING: Portrait of Wolstanton
Wed 14th Dec 2011

Pupils from Wolstanton High School and six of its feeder Primary schools have been working with musicians from Manchester Camerata.  Portrait of Wolstanton was premiered at the Victoria Hall in Hanley as part of the school's annual Celebration of Christmas.

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Up Close 2 - Tuesday 7 February 2012
Tue 13th Dec 2011

Up Close is part of Manchester Camerata's mission to take Classical music into different venues around the city - to put this music into new contexts and new environments that are more intimate and relaxed.  It also allows us to develop our relationship with the…

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Latest Recordings from Manchester Camerata
Tue 13th Dec 2011

Manchester Camerata's two latest recordings - released on the AVIE label - are receiving stunning reviews. They include the latest in the orchestra's Beethoven series - Symphonies 6 & 9 conducted by Douglas Boyd.  And the first recording with its new music director Gábor Takács-Nagy…

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Beethoven 9 Completes Camerata Symphony Cycle
Thu 1st Dec 2011

The release of Manchester Camerata's latest Recording marks the completion of a mamoth project to record the entire Beethoven Symphony Cycle, lasting the ten year tenure of the Ensemble's former Music Director Douglas Boyd! Manchester Camerata concludes its acclaimed Beethoven cycle,…

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NoteAble Numbers - Second Stage Complete!
Thu 1st Dec 2011

Pupils from secondary schools across the North West of England have completed the second stage of an exciting project - sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch - aimed at building an appreciation of numbers, maths and music making. …

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REVIEW: Portrait of an Italian
Wed 23rd Nov 2011

Manchester Camerata's Portrait of an Italian concert on Friday 18 November at the RNCM - featuring the virtuosic playing of cellist Giovanni Sollima - received a thunderous response from the audience with an amazing three encores. The reviews are now coming in. Here's the viewpoint…

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COMPETITION - Win an exclusive Camerata prize
Mon 21st Nov 2011

We are currently planning our 2012-13 concert series, and as with everything we do at Manchester Camerata, we would very much welcome your opinion. As such, we’d be grateful if you could please complete our short online survey which should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. As…

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Portrait of Chester
Wed 16th Nov 2011

The Portrait of Chester learning project from Manchester Camerata sees eight schools from across the city working with Camerata musicians, a composer and visual artist to create a new piece of music inspired by living and growing up in Chester, with the final performance being…

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Medici TV to beam Camerata concert worldwide
Tue 15th Nov 2011

This Friday's exciting concert at the RNCM with soloist Giovanni Sollima will receive a worldwide audience of thousands thanks to Manchester Camerata's ongoing collaboration with premier music broadcaster Medici.tv. Our guest director and soloist for this…

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Up Close with Camerata
Tue 15th Nov 2011

Up Close is a collaboration between Manchester Camerata and artist John Hyatt to explore new ways of presenting chamber music in a relaxed way in a variety of venues across the city. The first of four exciting events took place at the Antony Burgess Foundation…

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Nicola Benedetti and Camerata in Harrogate
Tue 15th Nov 2011

One of the most exciting young performers of our times, the Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti joined Manchester Camerata on Saturday in Harrogate for a thrilling evening of music presented with the Harrogate Choral Society.

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Doncaster String Masterclass
Fri 11th Nov 2011

As part of Manchester Camerata’s new relationship with Doncaster, violinist Tim Crooks led a string master class at the William Appleby Music Centre, Doncaster.  On 8 October 2011, participants to Manchester Camerata's Doncaster String Masterclass experienced a solo…

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Camerata's Cameo Orchestra
Fri 11th Nov 2011

Sunday 16 October saw the latest gathering of Manchester Camerata's Cameo Orchestra. The ensemble provides the opportunity for new or rusty musicians to be challenged in a professional setting to learn new repertoire and meet new friends.

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Portrait of Doncaster
Fri 11th Nov 2011

Children from Kirk Sandall Junior School in Doncaster worked with a Composer, Camerata Musicians and a Visual Artist to create a new piece of music - Portrait of Doncaster - which was inspired by their daily lives.   

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Portrait of Stafford
Sat 5th Nov 2011

At the beginning of November 2011, Children from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Stafford worked with a creative team from Manchester Camerata to create new music inspired by their views of living in Stafford  

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Vintage Portrait of Manchester Camerata
Thu 3rd Nov 2011

Manchester Camerata's 40th birthday is just around the corner.  It's been a fabulous four decades so far, and it's shaping up to being an equally amazing time in the future.  We've gathered together some Portraits of Manchester Camerata to show you.  Are you in them?…

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The Giving Pledge - UK Follows US Lead
Tue 1st Nov 2011

The news that three of Britain's wealthiest business people are join the Giving Pledge set up by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, has pushed the subject of 'Philanthrocapitalism' into the headlines.   It's believed…

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Chester's Mysterious Music Making
Wed 26th Oct 2011

At the beginning of October, Chester residents old and young came together to work with musicians from Manchester Camerata to create their own performance inspired by an original Chester Mystery Play, Noye's Flood

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Up Close and Personal
Tue 25th Oct 2011

  Up Close with Manchester Camerata - Experience Music Differently Connect with music in a laid back and contemporary environment, mingle with musicians and wind witha  drink.  Experience an eclectic montage of sounds written by…

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PREVIEW: Portrait of an Italian
Mon 17th Oct 2011

The next concert in Manchester Camerata's 2011/12 Concert series - Portrait of an Italian - is shaping up to be very special indeed. The unique and charismatic Giovanni Sollima joins the orchestra for what promises to be a stunning evening. 

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Gábor at The Midland
Wed 12th Oct 2011

Manchester Camerata's new Music Director - Gábor Takács-Nagy - meets the staff of The Midland Hotel in Manchester at the start of his tenure at the orchestra.  Gábor will be staying at the prestigious hotel when he's conducting concerts in Manchester and across the North…

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Preview: Portrait of Music and Words
Tue 11th Oct 2011

Manchester Camerata's next major concert is Portrait of Music and Words – taking place at the Royal Northern College of Music on Saturday 15 October 2011 at 7.30. Watch below as our new Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy talks about his passion for the music and…

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'Futures' explores way forward for Performance
Tue 11th Oct 2011

The first stage of an intriguing project involving Manchester Camerata – researchers from the Royal Northern College of Music and two Manchester based dancers is currently underway. The ‘Futures’ project has been launched as part of Camerata’s commitment to continuing development and innovation. …

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Manchester Weekender Preview
Tue 11th Oct 2011

  Manchester Camerata is proud to be part of the Manchester Weekender - Forty-eight hours of art, culture, music, film, food, literature, walks, politics, poetry, photography, theatre, spectacle and games all wrapped up into a single weekend. The Manchester…

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Medici.tv takes Camerata to Worldwide audience
Tue 11th Oct 2011

Following on from a successful trial in October last year, Manchester Camerata is again working with one of the premier European online broadcasters – Medici.tv - to spread the Camerata concert experience around the world. Manchester…

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Doncaster: Musicians take up Residence!
Sun 2nd Oct 2011

  Manchester Camerata has a residency in Doncaster for the first time in the 2011-12 Season. During the year the Orchestra will be performing various concerts, but look out also for other musical events including appearances by Camerata's Musician in Residence in Doncaster Zoe Long.  …

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NoteAble Numbers - First Steps
Sat 1st Oct 2011

Primary school across the North West of England have completed their NoteAble Numbers workshops - sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  The children have been working with maths processes to compose their own, new piece of music which will be performed alongside all 14…

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REVIEW: Sound and Music
Tue 27th Sep 2011

  The critic Michael Cookson attended the Portrait of an Hungarian: Part 1 Concert on Saturday 24 September, and reviewed the programme for the influential MusicWeb Sound and Music International review website   …

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BLOG: Hungary for Manchester
Mon 26th Sep 2011

  Lawrence Jones - the MD of Manchester Camerata's Website partner UKFast, and also a Director of Camerata - was at Saturday's acclaimed concert Portrait of an Hungarian, conducted by Gábor Takács Nagy. Afterwards he blogged about the experience of the evening. …

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CONCERT REVIEW: Portrait of an Hungarian
Sun 25th Sep 2011

    Saturday 24 September - Portrait of an Hungarian It was the culmination of…

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GABOR: Ten days in the Life
Sun 25th Sep 2011

  Manchester Camerata's new Music Director Gábor Takács Nagy always conducts with such energy, enthusiasm and passion despite having one fo the most hectic schedules in the world of classical music.  Here's a flavour of the great Hungarian musician's diary in his inaugural month! …

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Jazz and the Camerata
Sun 25th Sep 2011

Manchester Camerata has teamed up with the Manchester Jazz Festival to present a series of post-concert events at the RNCM and Bridgewater Hall.    A…

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Camerata Chair Geoffrey Shindler profiled in Manchester Evening News
Sun 25th Sep 2011

  Manchester Camerata's chairman Geoffrey Shindler has been profiled in the Business section of the Manchester Evening News. In the article he talks about his work as his lawyer, his love of music, cricket and his pleasure at the success of his family. …

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GABOR: BBC Music Magazine - Meet the Artist
Sun 25th Sep 2011

  Classical-Music.com the online site of BBC Music Magazine chose Manchester Camerata's new Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy for its Meet the Artist feature in his inaugural week. In the article he spoke to Elizabeth Davies about  his programming for the season, why Haydn has…

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GABOR: A Manchester Welcome
Wed 21st Sep 2011

  The City of Manchester has officially welcomed Manchester Camerata's new Music Director, Gábor Takács-Nagy at a special reception in the historic Town Hall.   Wednesday 21 September saw the…

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CONCERT: Manchester Music at The Midland
Fri 16th Sep 2011

Exclusive weekend concert breaks with Manchester Camerata and The Midland... Enjoy a Manchester Camerata concert whilst staying in the luxurious surroundings of The Midland Hotel in Manchester with the following deluxe concert packages. PACKAGE 1 -…

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LEARNING: The Magic Flute reworked in Wigan
Fri 16th Sep 2011

Over a four-day-long residency, primary school children from across Wigan worked with a Musical Director, Dramatist and musicians from Camerata to create a modern version of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

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GABOR: In Tune with Sean Rafferty
Fri 16th Sep 2011

  Manchester Camerata's new Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy was the guest of Sean Rafferty on In-Tune on BBC Radio 3 This week.   To mark the beginning of Gábor Takács-Nagy's tenure at…

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MUSIC: Camerata's Polar Exploration
Thu 8th Sep 2011

  Manchester Camerata will be performing the super-cool classical spectacular Polar twice as part of the Manchester Science Festival at the Royal Northern College of Music at 3pm and 7pm on Sunday 23 October. Polar - with a unique live…

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GABOR: Old Traditions New Blood
Thu 8th Sep 2011

  Creative Tourist reports on how 'A flurry of new arrivals, relocations, and enticing performances add up to an embarrassment of riches for classical music lovers in Manchester'   Femke Colborne writes: If you…

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PARTNERSHIPS: UKFast in line for Business Award
Mon 8th Aug 2011

A clutch of North West-based media and marketing businesses - including Manchester Camerata website and technology partner UKFast have made it through to the finals of this year's National Business Awards, in association with Orange.  UKFast MD and Camerata director Lawrence Jones…

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GABOR: Gramophone Magazine Interview
Fri 5th Aug 2011

September's Gramophone magazine prints a marvellous interview with Gábor Takács-Nagy giving a flavour of his twin passions - music and football!

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LEARNING: Creative Workshops 2011/12
Tue 2nd Aug 2011

Manchester Camerata has developed four exciting half-day workshops for schools, using music to explore areas of Literacy, Science and Maths across the curriculum: Fairytales (KS1), The Body Band, Jabberwocky! and Music by Numbers (KS2). Each workshop will…

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LEARNING: Wigan's Magic Flute
Tue 2nd Aug 2011

This summer, primary school children from across Wigan will work with a Musical Director, Dramatist and musicians from Camerata to create a modern version of Mozart's The Magic Flute, using themes from the opera as a stimulus for the creation of their new work. …

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MUSICIANS: Hungarian Night at the Proms
Mon 1st Aug 2011

Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet - who joins Manchester Camerata for its season opening concert Portrait of an Hungarian in September has just appeared at the BBC Proms. Bavouzet's performance was one of three visions of Hungary presented…

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REVIEW: Learning and Participation Projects - Season 2010/11
Mon 1st Aug 2011

Our 2010/11 Season was packed with great music inspired by the world around us, which also inspired the creation of some innovative learning and participation projects for all ages to go along with it.  Browse our season learning projects below. already.  …

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GABOR: Chamber Music is like Football
Mon 1st Aug 2011

The Verbier Festival in Switzerland has now come to an end for another year.  Manchester Camerata's new Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy is an old hand at Verbier, and conducts the festival's Chamber Orchestra.He spoke to Classic FM's Anne-Marie Minhall about his time in…

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LEARNING: Camerata's Chester Mystery
Mon 25th Jul 2011

Manchester Camerata is working in partnership with Chester Mystery Plays as part of the HLF funded Sharing the Mystery project and is coming to Chester looking for people of all ages and abilities to join them in creating and producing their own musical play! …

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GABOR: The Verbier Experience
Mon 25th Jul 2011

The Verbier Festival continues until the last day of July, high up in the Swiss Alps.  Our own esteemed Music Director - Gábor Takácz-Nagy - wielding the baton before the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.  Here, Ismene Brown writes for theartsdesk.com about the extraordinary event that is Verbier.…

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LEARNING: NoteAble Numbers
Fri 22nd Jul 2011

    Manchester Camerata, with the support of Bank of America will be presenting a fascinating music project for young people of all ages.The project aims to explore…

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GABOR: Classical Music Magazine
Fri 22nd Jul 2011

      The word is spreading! Classical Music Magazine this month features a Q&A with Manchester Camerata's new Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy. Visit the Classical Music…

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MUSICIANS: Giovanni Guzzo's In Tune
Thu 21st Jul 2011

Manchester Camerata's Venezuelan/Italian Leader Giovanni Guzzo joined Sean Rafferty in the BBC Radio 3 In Tune studio, alongside pianist Luis Parés ahead of their recital of Faure, Debussy, Ravel and Brahms at the Oundle Festival.

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Gábor Takács-Nagy in Verbier Triumph
Thu 21st Jul 2011

Manchester Camerata's new Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy is in the Alps at the moment, wearing one of his hat as Music Director of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. His debut concert at this year's festival, alongside violinist David Garrett was aired live by Medici.tv  …

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LEARNING: Portrait of Place
Wed 20th Jul 2011

The finishing touches are being put to Manchester Camerata's big Learning and Participation project for the 2011/12 Season - Portraits of Place

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GABOR: The Maestro's Mystique
Fri 15th Jul 2011

Jessica Duchen, writing in Standpoint Magazine discusses what makes a great conductor, and how the talent and charisma of someone like Manchester Camerata's new Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy can make a difference in the current artistic and financial climate.

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Learn Through Music with Manchester Camerata: Key Stage 1 & 2 Workshops
Fri 1st Jul 2011

Calling all Primary School Teachers. Manchester Camerata have launched the 2011/12 programme of cross curricular Key Stage 1 & 2 workshops. We…

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NEW MUSIC: Manchester Camerata Composers' Project 2011/12
Thu 23rd Jun 2011

Manchester Camerata is commited to engaging with composers of all ages to create new works. Each year we run a composing project which is connected in some way with our season theme which in 2011/12 is Portraits.  We're currently calling for new works inspired by Portraits in…

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WIN Tickets to our season opening concert
Wed 22nd Jun 2011

Saturday 24 September 2011 - Put the date in your diary, it's sure to be a stunning night! The renowned pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet joins Camerata for this season opener Portrait of an Hungarian: Part 1. As the name suggests, the first of two…

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Gabor's Paris Match
Tue 21st Jun 2011

Manchester Camerata's incoming Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy brings with him an international reputation. Read here his recent interview in the Swiss edition of Paris Match! about his forthcoming festival Bellerive in Geneva, and his role at the prestigious Verbier Festival.

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MUSICIANS: Clegg's Solo with Haffner
Mon 20th Jun 2011

          Manchester Camerata's Principal Oboe Rachael Clegg appears with conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa for the Haffner Orchestra on 25 June at Lancaster's Ashton Hall.Adrian Mullen, Arts Correspondent, Westmoreland Gazette writes:"CONDUCTOR Natalia Luis-Bassa picks up the baton once again for the Haffner…

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Gábor Takács-Nagy - Music Director
Sun 19th Jun 2011

Gábor Takács-Nagy - 2011/12 Inaugural Season   …

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Mahler's Das Lied now on iTunes
Sat 18th Jun 2011

  Manchester Camerata's acclaimed live recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde is now available as a digital download exclusively on iTunes prior to the CD release in July.

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Composer in Residence - Brahim Kerkour
Sat 18th Jun 2011

Brahim Kerkour will be working with Manchester Camerata over the next season as its first Composer in Residence, in collaboration with Sound and Music's Embedded scheme.   We are delighted to be partnering once again with SAM…

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MUSICIANS: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Profile
Thu 16th Jun 2011

French Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet joins Manchester Camerata on Saturday 24 September for our season opening concert Portrait of an Hungarian: Part 1 French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet combines a rare elegance and clarity in his playing with deep and…

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Children in Symphony at Last!
Wed 15th Jun 2011

Over the current season Manchester Camerata, in partnership with world renowned Ian Simpson Architects are working with 120 primary school children from across Greater Manchester to create an Urban Symphony  inspired by the city's architecture.  Camerata musicians, a composer, film maker and the…

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Manchester Camerata and New Music
Thu 9th Jun 2011

Manchester Camerata and New Music  

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Learning with Manchester Camerata
Thu 9th Jun 2011

Learning with Manchester Camerata  

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Digital Manchester Camerata
Thu 9th Jun 2011

Digital Manchester Camerata

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Manchester Camerata's Musicians
Thu 9th Jun 2011

The Musicians of Manchester Camerata  

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UKFast - A Great Place to Work - Official!
Wed 8th Jun 2011

Congratulations to UKFast - Manchester Camerata's web host partners - for being recognised as one of the 50 Best Workplaces in the UK! Pablo Gonzalez writing on www.thebusinessdesk.comMANCHESTER-based hosting provider UKFast has won a place in the UK's 50 Best Workplaces 2011. Founder and…

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Wish You Were Here?
Wed 8th Jun 2011

Postcard from Lucerne Competition Winners

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Gábor Takács-Nagy - Diary updated June 2011
Tue 7th Jun 2011

  Gabor Takács-Nagy - Concert Diary   Apart from his role as Music Director here at Manchester Camerata, Gabor Takács-Nagy holds the International Chair in Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music. 

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Gábor Takács-Nagy - Biography June 2011
Tue 7th Jun 2011

Gabor Takács-Nagy (born 17 April 1956) began studying the violin at the age 8. He attended the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, where he won the Jenő Hubay prize. At the Academy his tutors included Ferenc Rados, András Mihály, and György Kurtág.

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REVIEW: Summer Dreams - Douglas Boyd Tribute
Wed 1st Jun 2011

  Classical Music Blogger Chris Ramsden reviews Manchester Camerata's Summer Dreams concert at the Stafford Gatehouse and at The Bridgewater Hall on Saturday 28 May 2011."The Camerata refreshes the concert halls other orchestras cannot…

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CITYLIFE REVIEW: SUMMER DREAMS
Wed 1st Jun 2011

  As Douglas Boyd conducted his last concert of 10 years as music director of Manchester Camerata, I couldn't help reflecting on what he's achieved with them in that time.There have been Proms appearances,…

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Stanley Grove's creative opportunity
Mon 23rd May 2011

Children from Stanley Grove Community Primary School in Lonsight, Manchester will work together over four days in May with a composer and two Camerata musicians to create a new piece of music inspired by an iconic work during Manchester Camerata’s 10/11 season.This fantastic…

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John Savident Interview in MEN
Wed 18th May 2011

I’ve got no time for Corrie now, says actor John Savident Coronation Street icon John Savident – aka Fred ‘I say Fred’ Elliott – has little time for the show that made him a household name. Six years…

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Camerata & Hyatt Collaboration
Tue 17th May 2011

New for 2011/12 Manchester Camerata unveil UpClose: an intimate and laidback series of chamber concerts in smaller venues around the city, presented in collaboration with artist John Hyatt  John Hyatt  John is a polymath and has a long history of…

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A Midsummer Night’s Banquet at The Midland Hotel
Mon 16th May 2011

In honour of Manchester Camerata's 2010/11 season finale The Midland Hotel have created a bespoke Midsummer Night’s Banquet menu, available exlusively Saturday 28 May.Start your evening in style with The Midland’s fabulous pre-concert summer banquet before taking your seats at The Bridgewater Hall for Manchester Camerata’s…

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Gábor Takács-Nagy’s Inaugural Season
Fri 13th May 2011

Gábor Takács-Nagy’s Inaugural Season as Music Director ushers in new era for Manchester Camerata Distinguished Hungarian musician Gábor Takács-Nagy comes to the city of Manchester this autumn as he joins Manchester Camerata for his first full season as Music Director.…

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2011/12 Concert Season ON SALE
Thu 12th May 2011

The 2011/12 season marks the beginning of a new era for Manchester Camerata as we celebrate the arrival of new Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy. Our Portraits in Music…

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Gábor Takács-Nagy: Budapest Appointment
Wed 11th May 2011

  Gábor Takács-Nagy, soon to be Music Director of Manchester Camerata, has been named Principal Guest Conductor of Budapest Festival Orchestra. Gábor's appointment with the Budapest Festival Orchestra will commence in the 2012/13 season.Iván Fischer commented: "There will be a very important…

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Chester Family Day Fun
Tue 3rd May 2011

Manchester Camerata’s Family Day took place on 23 April in Chester and was part of Chester’s Food and Drink Festival. The day included two workshops which took themes with a close connection to Chester: Giants and Romans. In each workshop families worked together using music…

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Students create a modern interpretation of Mozart's 'La Clemenza di Tito'
Tue 3rd May 2011

Over four days from 18th April, participants from Westfield Community School, Wigan worked with a Composer, a Dramatist and Manchester Camerata musicians to create a modern interpretation of La Clemenza di Tito, using themes from the opera as a stimulus for the creation…

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Stafford's Symphony Success
Tue 3rd May 2011

The culmination of the Stafford Urban Symphony project took place on Friday 29 April 2011, when students from Cardinal Griffin Catholic High School joined forces with Camerata’s creative team to produce their own piece of work in response to the majestic Elizabethan architecture of Stafford’s Ancient High House.…

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Creative Summer Dreams Workshops for Doncaster Primary Schools
Wed 27th Apr 2011

Seven Primary Schools across Doncaster will be taking part in exciting half-day workshops from 16th-25th May which will creatively explore scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream using music.   Sessions will be led by professional composer Eve Harrison and Camerata…

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REVIEW: St John Passion
Tue 26th Apr 2011

'A Great Achievement'   On Tuesday 19th April,  Nicholas Kraemer conducted Bach’s remarkably powerful St. John Passion, with an international line up of…

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John Savident to join Camerata in May
Tue 26th Apr 2011

We are delighted to announce that the actor, John Savident, best known as butcher Fred Elliot in Coronation Street, will be the narrator for Manchester Camerata's performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream on 26, 27 and 28 May. John Savident has had a long and varied career on both…

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Arts Council England Funding Announcement
Mon 4th Apr 2011

4 April 2011 Arts Council England Funding Announcement  We are delighted to announce that Manchester Camerata has been accepted as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation for 2012-15. Our award represents a decrease in real terms of 11% over the next 3 years which is in line…

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Board Member of the Year Award
Thu 24th Mar 2011

The Bruntwood Awards for Arts & Business North 2011, which celebrate business success including young people, cultural branding and people development, took place at Manchester's Town Hall on Wednesday 23 March.Geoffrey Shindler, Chairman…

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Bright Young Folk Review
Wed 23rd Mar 2011

'An interesting evening where two musical worlds collided'

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St George's Singers's Passionate St John
Thu 17th Mar 2011

Manchester Camerata is joined on Tuesday 19 March 2011, by The St George's Singers for a performance of Bach's St John Passion at The Bridgewater Hall. The St George's Singers were founded in 1956, and from 35 initial singers, it's grown both in…

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Meet The Young Composers
Wed 16th Mar 2011

On Thursday 17th March, six of Manchester’s best young composers will have their work performed by Derbyshire folk singer Bella Hardy at Manchester’s iconic music venue Band on the Wall. The evening will showcase the work of young people who have…

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'Composer in Residence' Call
Wed 16th Mar 2011

As part of Sound and Music’s new artist development programme, Embedded, Manchester Camerata has created an opportunity for up to two composers to spend a season 'in residence' with the ensemble.  During the 2011/12 season the composers will have the opportunity to interact closely with the players and staff, initially observing…

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Chamber Greats with Boyd in Ulverston
Wed 16th Mar 2011

CHAMBER GREATS CULMINATION IN ULVERSTON FOR THE DOUGLAS BOYD DECADE Chamber Greats Thursday 24 March 2011 at 7.30pm at The Coronation Hall, Ulverston On Thursday 24 March, Douglas Boyd takes up the baton for the last time in Ulverston as Manchester Camerata's Music Director. After…

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Rochdale: A view on Life
Tue 15th Mar 2011

During January the mental health charity Rochdale Mind and Wellbeing, and some of the people who use their  services  got together  with Camerata musicians Rebecca Thompson, Suzanne Bareau, James Swainson  and Barabara Grunthal, and composer Nina Whiteman to create a new song cycle with a string quartet accompaniment.Reflections…

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Stimulating Dalcroze Eurythmics workshops for young children
Tue 15th Mar 2011

On 1st March Camerata musicians began a seven week project with youngsters at the most formative stage in their musical development. Cellist and Dalcroze Eurythmics specialist Emma Dixon and violinist Gemma Bass went to meet children at Ysgol Emmanuel in Rhyl, and set the seeds for an entertaining and stimulating…

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PROFILE: Netia Jones
Fri 11th Mar 2011

Visual Artist Netia Jones joins Manchester Camerata later this month (Saturday 26 March) at the RNCM providing imaginative visuals which will react to the music performance in real-time. The live visuals will accompany Schoenberg's early Romantic string…

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Manchester Camerata and Bella Hardy
Fri 11th Mar 2011

Classical meets folk in an exciting collaborative evening with young Derbyshire folk singer and fiddler Bella Hardy  at Manchester’s iconic Band on the Wall. What can you expect from this eclectic, Camerata with a twist of folk, eventCamerata Composers’ ProjectThree-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, Bella…

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Baroque in Venice Concert Review
Thu 10th Mar 2011

Review: Jildy Sauce Blog Baroque in Venice Music by Vivaldi, Handel, Albinoni and Brett DeanRNCM Concert Hall, 26 February 2011Gusto is the word that best describes this fine concert of baroque music.There was one…

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PROFILE: Conductor Nicholas Collon
Wed 2nd Mar 2011

Conductor - Nicholas Collon Nicholas Collon joins Manchester Camerata for three concerts in April with an American inspired programme including the works of Stravinsky, Adams and Copland.  

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Oldham concert series
Tue 1st Mar 2011

During March, musicians from Manchester Camerata are set to perform an exciting range of presented concerts specifically written for brass and woodwind quintet and string quartet for Year 6 children in nine secondary schools across Oldham. These short concerts will introduce primary…

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Arup's Acoustic Adventure
Mon 28th Feb 2011

New electronic works created in collaboration with Manchester Camerata, world renowned ARUP engineers and Manchester High Schools. During January students from The King David's High School and Levenshulme High School for Girls worked with Composer Nina Whiteman, Trombonist Tim Chatterton, Structural Engineer Nick Holt and Acoustic Engineer…

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Man-eating snakes and armies of mice! - Songlines is well underway
Mon 28th Feb 2011

The Songlines project is a collaboration between Manchester Camerata and the Royal Exchange Theatre, who are working with a group of young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder; the project is now into its second term.…

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Pulling the Strings in Wigan
Mon 28th Feb 2011

Manchester Camerata have been working with young musicians in Wigan during a day of intensive string coaching. String players from Camerata joined forces with aspiring young colleagues in Wigan for a day of intensive coaching on 17 February 2011. Sitting alongside their young counterparts in repertoire including…

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Fantasia for Fallowfield and Rusholme Update
Mon 28th Feb 2011

Manchester Camerata joined in the centenery celebrations of one of Manchester's most treasured Public Parks. Platt Fields - where Rusholme, Fallowfield and Moss Side meet -was built in 1910 by the city's unemployed following a fiery campaign to save the land from developers.  Lord Worsley twice tried…

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Q&A: Mezzo Soprano Clare Wilkinson
Sat 12th Feb 2011

Born in Manchester to a family of musicians, mezzo soprano Clare Wilkinson read Classics with a choral scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge before moving on to Trinity College in London to study voice with Hazel Wood.  She now enjoys a busy international concert career.She…

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Camerata’s Digital Concert Hall
Mon 7th Feb 2011

Manchester Camerata’s Digital Concert Hall: Live at LICA Concert Streaming on 10 February Manchester Camerata Ensemble’s unique audio and visual performance of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured…

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PROFILE: Visual Artist Netia Jones
Sun 6th Feb 2011

Visual Artist Netia Jones is collaborating with Manchester Camerata to create live digital visuals for a series of concerts in February centred on Schoenberg’s rich, evocative early work Transfigured Night. Following a scholarship in Modern Languages and Literature at Oxford University Netia Jones has…

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Camerata's Composers' Project Update
Thu 3rd Feb 2011

Following our Composers' Workshop Day at the RNCM on 31 January, we are delighted to announce the six works to be performed by Camerata and up-and-coming folk singer Bella Hardy on Thursday 17 March at Band on the Wall: Stephen Hyde…

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Manchester Evening News 4 Star B9 Review
Tue 1st Feb 2011

Manchester Camerata at The Bridgewater Hall // Saturday January 29, 2011It was a fitting finale to the series of Beethoven symphony performances that Douglas Boyd has conducted – and simultaneously put on record – with Manchester Camerata over his near-decade as music director.The earlier symphonies have…

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Manchester Composers' Workshop
Sun 30th Jan 2011

Earlier in the season, a call was put out for composers studying at the RNCM, Manchester University and Chetham's to submit new arrangements of folksongs.  Monday 31 January 2011 sees the Manchester Composers' Workshop at the RNCM in Manchester where ten songs will be reviewed and played as part of the…

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Relive Beethoven 9 on Medici TV
Sun 30th Jan 2011

Camerata's Beethoven 9 at The Bridgewater Hall on 29 January 2011 was a sell-out!  But if you weren't able to get tickets for the show, or would like to relieve the experience, Manchester Camerata is making the magnificant concert available online in association with Medici.tv until April…

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Behind the Scenes of Beethoven 9
Wed 26th Jan 2011

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Q&A: Rebecca von Lipinski
Wed 26th Jan 2011

Soprano Rebecca von Lipinski joins Manchester Camerata this Saturday along with mezzo soprano Anna Grevelius, tenor Peter Wedd, baritone Roderick Williams and the CBSO Chorus for our momentous B9 concert!  Here she answers some searching questions about her life and career to date. Q. How old…

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BBC Phil & Hallé Win South Bank Award
Tue 25th Jan 2011

Manchester’s symphony orchestras honoured for Mahler’s Eighth Symphony The BBC Philharmonic and Hallé’s combined performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at The Bridgewater Hall has won a South Bank Sky Arts Award, it was announced…

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Chester Urban Symphony Triumph
Sun 23rd Jan 2011

Thursday 20 January 2011 saw the culmination of the Chester Urban Symphony project which brought together four schools from the city with a creative team from Camerata to create a new piece of work inspired by the architecture of Chester Cathedral.

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Composed Questions at Oakwood High School
Fri 7th Jan 2011

9th of November 2010 - and two musicians from Manchester Camerata Barbara Grunthal and Tim Chatterton took their musical skills into Oakwood High School for a special composition day - supported by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors. For many at the school this was the first chance…

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Ulverston's Urban Experience
Fri 7th Jan 2011

Camerata's latest Urban Symphony performance took place in the Coronation Hall in Ulverston on 2 December 2010, with music and film created by pupils from Croftlands Junior School. Built to commemorate the coronation of George V, the hall's English Renaissance style contains plaster reliefs depicting…

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Manchester Mahler up for Sky Arts Award
Fri 7th Jan 2011

The Manchester Mahler Festival - which brought together Manchester Camerata, the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic is shortlisted in the Classical section of the Southbank SkyArts Awards 2011.    Manchester's three…

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Do you play an instrument?
Tue 4th Jan 2011

Camerata’s Cameo Orchestra Play Day is coming up on 27 March, which is a fantastic opportunity for players of any age or ability to dust off their instruments and get top tips…

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RNCM Dining January Sale at Brodsky's
Tue 4th Jan 2011

Brodsky's at the Royal Northern College of Music has special offers during January!      Redeveloped during summer, the new Brodsky's opened in September and offers morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and…

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Countdown to Camerata and Boyd's B9
Sun 2nd Jan 2011

Camerata and Boyd save the ultimate challenge until last...  We're entering the final stage of Douglas Boyd's tenure as Music Director of Manchester Camerata.   Saturday 29 January 2011 is the date for your…

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Chester Seniors Camerata Experience
Sat 1st Jan 2011

Chester Chronicle features Manchester Camerata project with over 60's club in ChesterResidents of Florence Grogan House and members of Vintage Blacon over 60s club were selected to take part in an innovative music composition project led by the Manchester Camerata international chamber orchestra. …

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Camerata's Conisbrough Connection
Sun 12th Dec 2010

As part of a three year music programme - A Place for Music - Manchester Camerata will be playing at Conisbrough on 11 February 2011.Classical music lovers in the Dearne will be able to see one of the country's leading chamber orchestras in a rare performance at Conisbrough's historic…

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Fantasia for Fallowfield and Rusholme
Fri 10th Dec 2010

On 26th November the elegant Georgian surroundings of Platt Hall  were the setting for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Platt Fields, by pupils from two Manchester primary schools, a group of…

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Camerata Reaches Big Arts Give Target
Fri 10th Dec 2010

Manchester Camerata is delighted to announce that it has exceeded its fundraising target of £15,000 through the Big Arts Give campaign!

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Live at The Bridgewater Hall
Thu 9th Dec 2010

In 2008, The Bridgewater Hall commissioned William Ellis, one of the world's leading music photographers, to capture the artistic life of the Hall.      

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Stanley Grove Primary's Baroque Experience
Tue 7th Dec 2010

On Saturday 27 November 2010 a group of children from Stanley Grove Primary School were treated to a taste of baroque splendour thanks to Manchester investment firm, Castlefield.

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Students explore Sonata Form
Tue 7th Dec 2010

Musicians from Loreto College have been doing some in depth study of sonata form-by using it in their own composition! Working…

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Ulverston Students create an Urban Symphony
Mon 6th Dec 2010

Camerata’s latest Urban Symphony performance took place in the Coronation Hall in Ulverston on 2nd December, with music and film created by pupils from Croftlands Junior School. Built to…

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PROFILE: Soprano Katherine Broderick
Sun 5th Dec 2010

Katherine Broderick - Soprano Katherine Broderick joins Manchester Camerata for its New Year's Day Viennese Gala at 3.00pm at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.     Katherine…

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PROFILE: Soprano Natalya Romaniw
Sun 5th Dec 2010

Natalya Romaniw - Soprano     Popular soprano Natalya Romaniw returns to Manchester to sing alongside fellow Welsh tenor Wynne Evans for its ever popular New Year's Eve Opera Gala.

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Incomparable Tenor Wynne Evans
Sun 5th Dec 2010

Wynne Evans - Tenor Charismatic tenor Wynne Evans - best known perhaps for his TV appearance as the cheesy Italian singer in the Go Compare TV adverts - joins Manchester Camerata for its highly popular New…

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PROFILE: Conductor Geoffrey Paterson
Sat 4th Dec 2010

Conductor - Geoffrey Paterson     Geoffrey Paterson studied at Cambridge University, the RSAMD and the National Opera Studio. In 2009 he was awarded First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Ninth…

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Bank of America Awards Success
Thu 2nd Dec 2010

Bank of America Europe Card Services - which supports much of the Learning and Participation work carried out by Manchester Camerata in Chester has been recognised for its outstanding corporate responsibility efforts at the prestigious 2010 Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Pride Awards, reports the Chester Chronicle. …

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DONCASTER CANCELLATION
Wed 1st Dec 2010

NEWS FLASH: 12.00pm Wednesday 1 December 2010Due to the inclement weather and in the interests of safety, Doncaster Civic Theatre and HotHouse have announced the postponement of Manchester Camerata's Baroque Favourites concert this evening.  The Theatre will in due course contact individual customers regarding an alternative date. …

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REVIEW: Claire Booth and Netia Jones
Mon 29th Nov 2010

Both Claire Booth and Netia Jones are working with Manchester Camerata in 2011. Here you can read a review of a recent collaboration at Kings PLace in London, written by Guy Dammann of the Guardian. The tradition of presenting innovative, first-rate concerts to derisorily…

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Quartet Inventions
Sun 28th Nov 2010

Read the participants' report about Quartet Inventions here Read the published report about Quartet Inventions in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy here Manchester Camerata's Quartet Inventions project is almost complete; click below to hear some of the new…

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Loreto Sonata Form Project
Sun 28th Nov 2010

Students at Loreto College will have the chance to explore sonata form with a composer and Camerata musicians in preparation for the study of Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, an AS-Level set work. Over the course of five sessions, the students will investigate musical…

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Countdown to Big Arts Give
Sat 27th Nov 2010

Manchester Camerata is planning to make musical history in its 40th anniversary year by performing a concert like no other... with world premieres, world-class musicians and - via a live digital weblink - the Manchester Town Hall bells. To make this unique concert into…

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Candlelit Camerata at UKFast
Sat 27th Nov 2010

Manchester Camerata is commited to breaking out of the concert hall and delivery high quality music making to audiences wherever they may be.  This week found Camerata 30 storeys up, and playing against the stunning backdrop of the Manchester skyline as guests of UKFast - one of the country's premier web hosting companies.

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Mahan Esfahani Q&A
Wed 24th Nov 2010

Still in his mid-twenties, Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani is fast building an astonishing reputation internationally in…

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Camerata's Music by Numbers Inspiration
Tue 23rd Nov 2010

The Music by Numbers project is off to a flying start in primary schools across Greater Manchester!  Composer Emily Howard and Camerata’s Amina Hussain and Helen Quayle have been working with students to discover…

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Staffordshire Kids get Camerata Masterclass
Sun 21st Nov 2010

Staffordshire youngsters treated to Manchester Camerata Masterclass, reports thisisstaffordshire.co.uk Talented musicians from schools across North Staffordshire benefited from a masterclass by members of Manchester Camerata. The pupils converged on Wolstanton High School yesterday for CLASSic, a young classical musician of the…

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Relive the Magic via Medici TV
Tue 16th Nov 2010

Saturday October 23 was a triumph for Manchester Camerata - The Pictures from St Petersburg concert at the RNCM Concert Hall brought together Music Director Designate Gábor Takács-Nagy with newly appointed Leader Giovanni Guzzo in Manchester for the first time, with world renowned cellist Miklos Perényi in a thrilling sell-out concert.…

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Ulverston's Urban Symphony
Mon 15th Nov 2010

At the end of November Manchester Camerata will embark upon the latest of this season's 'Urban Symphony' projects, which are associated with concerts in both Manchester and at several of the orchestra's regional venues - this month it's the turn of Ulverston Using architecture…

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Music by Numbers
Mon 15th Nov 2010

Have you ever wondered why so many scientists and mathematicians play music for a hobby? There really is a connection between these two disciplines - and Manchester Camerata can prove it. Over the coming months they…

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PROFILE: Conductor Stephen Bell
Sun 14th Nov 2010

Stephen Bell, Conductor     Born in Bury, Lancashire, Stephen Bell studied conducting at the Royal College of Music under the renowned conductor…

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NEW MUSIC: Feuersturm
Sun 14th Nov 2010

FeuersturmComposed by Daniel KidanePremiered by Manchester Camerata on 27 November 2010     Named after the events that ensued after the 1945 allied bombings of Dresden, Feuersturm…

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COMPOSER: Daniel Kidane
Sun 14th Nov 2010

Daniel Kidane Daniel's composition has been selected to be premiered in Manchester Camerata's season concert `Baroque in Dresden' on 27 November 2010.  …

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Review: Camerata on Fire in Stafford
Mon 8th Nov 2010

Chris Ramsden reviews Manchester Camerata's concert at the Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford on 5 November in his blog Notes from Middle England:   Bonfire night. Fireworks…

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Praise for Tales from Handbridge
Fri 5th Nov 2010

"The best musical event I have seen in 20 years of teaching in a primary school" That was the reaction of one teacher who saw the 'Tales from Handbridge' performance on Friday 5 November.

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Fruit Juice, Brain Surgery & Casablanca
Wed 3rd Nov 2010

Manchester Camerata's Music Director designate Gabor Takács-Nagy leads the orchestra in performances of Elgar and Mozart at this Saturday's Concert as part of the Leeds Concert Series. He spared 60 seconds in a very busy rehearsal schedule to answer some crucial and revealing questions!…

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Creatively Spooky in Chester
Wed 27th Oct 2010

“My children just loved it, that’s why we keep coming back”…“The expertise of the staff who lead the children so supportively" was the best thing of the day. Just some of the comments from people taking part in Manchester Camerata’s…

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Manchester's Aboriginal Songlines
Wed 27th Oct 2010

Manchester Camerata has started working with the Royal Exchange Theatre to explore Aboriginal communication techniques with young people in Manchester.   Songlines are a traditional Aboriginal way of passing on maps of the Australian landscape using musical patterns, in which the rhythms and cadences of the music represent…

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Mansfield's Mozart Experience
Wed 27th Oct 2010

  Children from four schools in Mansfield have been coming to grips with the genius of Mozart to create their own composition.A performance by young musicians took place before Manchester Camerata's concert in Mansfield on 17 October 2010, which included Mozart's Don Giovanni.On…

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Camerata Digitally Speaking
Wed 27th Oct 2010

Thanks to Manchester Camerata's friends at the Manchester Digital Development Agency, Let's Go Global and Medici.tv, the excitement of Camerata's Pictures from St Petersburg Concert on Saturday 23 October reached well beyond the RNCM Concert Hall. Well before the audience took their seats…

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REVIEW: Pictures from St Petersburg
Wed 27th Oct 2010

Philip Radcliffe writes in CityLife"Two distinguished musicians, who were boys together in Budapest and went to the Liszt Academy there, were reunited for a concert in Manchester.Conductor Gabor Takacs-Nagy, the Camerata's Musical Director-elect, and master cellist Miklos Perenyi were both early starters. Gabor began learning the…

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Manchester International Festival will survive the cuts
Tue 26th Oct 2010

From the BBC News website:Next year's Manchester International Festival (MIF) will go ahead despite one of its funding sources - Arts Council England - having to make cuts.The biannual event, which in 2011 is headlined by a play starring Willem Dafoe, currently draws about 10% of…

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Arts Council Funding Cuts Revealed
Tue 26th Oct 2010

The Arts Council has announced details of how the 29.6% cut to its budget announced last week will be implemented over the next four years. "The majority of arts organisations will be given an equal cut which has been kept to 6.9% for 2011/12. This approach keeps the overall percentage cut…

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Ovation for Pictures from St Petersburg
Mon 25th Oct 2010

Triumph for Manchester Camerata on Saturday October 23 - The Pictures from St Petersburg concert at the RNCM Concert Hall brought together Music Director Designate Gábor Takács-Nagy with newly appointed Leader Giovanni Guzzo in Manchester for the first time, with world renowned cellist Miklos Perényi in a thrilling sell-out concert.

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Gabor's October Revolution
Sun 24th Oct 2010

Saturday October 23 2010 was a big day for Manchester Camerata in so many ways.  The Pictures from St Petersburg concert at the RNCM Concert Hall brought together Music Director Designate Gábor Takács-Nagy with newly appointed Leader Giovanni Guzzo in Manchester for the first time, with world…

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COMPOSER: Nina Whiteman
Sat 23rd Oct 2010

Nina Whiteman   Nina's work Windows on the Neva was chosen to be performed during Manchester Camerata's Pictures from St Petersburg concert on 23 October 2010.She studied music at Oxford University and went…

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NEW MUSIC: Windows on the Neva
Sat 23rd Oct 2010

Windows on the NevaComposed by Nina WhitemanPremiered on 23 October 2010 St. Petersburg was built in 1703 by Peter the Great as a ‘Window to the West/Window through which the West will come'. Peter's vision was that the…

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Classic Music, a Beer and a Chat
Fri 22nd Oct 2010

Louise Jury, Chief Arts Correspondent of the London Evening Standard writes "Live classical music must change if it is to attract younger audiences, research reveals today".What is needed is a less formal concert atmosphere, chats about the music from the conductor and cheap ticket prices that include a…

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Manchester Symphony taking shape
Fri 22nd Oct 2010

Over the coming season 120 primary school children from across Greater Manchester will be working with Camerata musicians, architects and a visual artist to create a Manchester Symphony inspired by the city's architecture. The responsibility of creating the Symphony's first movement fell to a…

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Our Manchester: Federation of Recorded Music Societies
Thu 21st Oct 2010

The Federation of Recorded Music Societies can claim to have played its part in developing greater enthusiasm and understanding of recorded classical music over a substantial portion of the past century and many of the socities are notching up their 60th birthdays! As the…

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Lucky Lucerne Winner
Mon 18th Oct 2010

Manchester Camerata is pleased to reveal that a Stockport man has won Camerata's latest competition to win a trip to Lucerne. The Prize was offered to mark Manchester Camerata's Urban Symphonies season of concerts celebrating great cities of the world and the music they have inspired.Steve…

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Digital Pictures from St Petersburg
Sat 16th Oct 2010

Manchester Camerata's PICTURES FROM ST PETERSBURG concert on 23 October 2010 at the RNCM was already destined to be a very special occasion. But thanks to the latest digital technology it'll be beamed into Manchester City Centre, and will be seen around the world online. …

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RNCM Junior Fellowship in Conducting
Fri 15th Oct 2010

Each year, the RNCM selects a Junior Fellow in Conducting. This much sought-after Fellowship is tenable for two years and provides an opportunity for a young conductor, about to enter the profession, to gain widespread experience with the full range of the RNCM's ensembles. In addition to tuition…

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Don Giovanni's Mansfield composers
Thu 14th Oct 2010

Young composers from Mansfield schools are turning to Mozart's Don Giovanni for inspiration to create new works. Don Giovanni is on the bill of Manchester Camerata's concert in Mansfield on 17 October. The concert is a prime feature of Mansfield's Palace Theatre's Centenary…

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Big Names Big Music
Wed 13th Oct 2010

Manchester Camerata is delivering big international names to audiences in October Manchester Camerata's new Leader, the young Venezuelan/Italian violinist Giovanni Guzzo, and the orchestra's Music Director designate, the great Hungarian musician Gábor Takács-Nagy, perform together in the UK for the first time this month.

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Aboriginal inspiration for Camerata Project
Tue 12th Oct 2010

Manchester Camerata has started working with the Royal Exchange Theatre to explore Aboriginal communication techniques with young people in Manchester.   Songlines are a traditional Aboriginal way of passing on maps of the Australian landscape using musical patterns, in which the rhythms and cadences of the…

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Double Halle Success in Gramophone Awards
Sun 10th Oct 2010

There was double success for the Hallé at this year's Gramophone Awards - the world's most influential classical music prizes - were announced at London's Dorchester Hotel. The Manchester based orchestra won through in the Concerto and Opera categories.  Bryn Terfel was on hand…

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Cameo Appearance
Sun 10th Oct 2010

Sunday 10 October at the RNCM saw the latest session of Manchester Camerata's Cameo Orchestra which aims to give an unique opportunity to give players of all ages and abilities a flavour of professional performance.   Sunday's event was led by one of this country's most…

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Cameo Orchestra Appearance
Sun 10th Oct 2010

Sunday 10 October at the RNCM saw the latest session of Manchester Camerata's Cameo Orchestra which aims to give an unique opportunity to give players of all ages and abilities a flavour of professional performance.   Sunday's event was led by one of this country's most…

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Hulme Primary School kicks off Urban Symphony
Sat 9th Oct 2010

Over the next few months 120 primary school children from across Greater Manchester will be working with Camerata musicians, architects and a visual artist to create a Manchester Symphony inspired by the city's architecture.  The first `Movement' will be performed before Manchester Camerata's concert at the RNCM on 23 October 2010.This ambitious…

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Camerata soothes at launch of The Hive
Sat 9th Oct 2010

Thursday 7 October saw Manchester Camerata help launch The Hive - the Argent and Manchester City Council co-development in the Northern Quarter. The Stephenson Square-based project joins other contemporary local developments such as The Sharp Project and MediaCityUK in its quest to market itself to tenants in the creative industries.…

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Bella Hardy joins Camerata for Folk project
Wed 6th Oct 2010

Folk Musician Bella Hardy is joining Manchester Camerata for a unique folk collaboration culminating in a performance at Band on the Wall in March. Manchester Camerata’s Composers’ Project has issued a call for composers studying at the RNCM, Manchester University and Chetham’s to…

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Camerata Supper Club
Mon 4th Oct 2010

If you think you’ll fancy a bite to eat after the concert (approx. 9.30pm) on 23 October, the RNCM is re-launching Camerata Supper Club.On the menu that evening: Lancashire hotpot with crusty bread and pickled red cabbage or individual cheese, leek and potato bake (v) served with crusty…

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Bach and Beyond
Mon 4th Oct 2010

On Sunday 3 October 2010, Manchester Camerata and FutureEverything teamed up to bring Camerata's Principal Cellist, Hannah Roberts and sound artist Andrew Deakin to create a live collaboration around the works of Bach. Manchester Camerata and FutureEverything team up to present Camerata's principal…

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REVIEW: Mozart played with Guzzo
Fri 1st Oct 2010

Mozart in Stafford - Played with Guzzo.  Chris Ramsden reviews Camerata's concert at The Stafford Gatehouse. "It's getting hard to keep up with Manchester's music scene. Just as Gianandrea Noseda steps down from the BBC Philharmonic (see Farewell Symphony), Douglas Boyd leaves the…

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Our Manchester: Holidays with Music
Sun 26th Sep 2010

Manchester Camerata's 2010/11 Season is all about the great cities of the world and the music and artistic endeavours they have inspired.  Inspiration also perhaps to pack your bags and set off for this musical world? Locally based John Whibley and his family accompany groups on a vast…

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Camerata in Doncaster
Sun 26th Sep 2010

Doncaster has been given £90,000 lottery cash to bring classical music to the borough over the next three years. Doncaster Council's Arts Service has been given the lottery cash from Arts Council England. Staff who run the Doncaster HotHouse Festival will work in partnership with…

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Camerata hits the Big Screen in Manchester
Fri 24th Sep 2010

Manchester Camerata's concert on 23 October 2010 will be bursting out of the concert hall and be seen on a big screen in Exhange Square.Inside the RNCM Concert Hall - Enjoy an evening of introductions; meet Camerata's future Music Director (from September 2011), the great Hungarian musician Gábor…

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Camerata Books in to Sheffield
Fri 24th Sep 2010

Manchester Camerata plays a concert with a literary theme in Sheffield as part of the City's Off the Shelf Reading and Wriring Festival on Wednesday 27 October at 5.45pm  Manchester Camerata are regular visitors to Sheffield's International Concert Season, and jumped at the chance…

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Giovanni's Sweet Harmony
Fri 24th Sep 2010

As Manchester Camerata's new Leader Giovanni Guzzo gears up for his first concert in the the role, he talks to Liz Rowley of thisisstaffordshire.co.uk about his plans. "Things are certainly changing in the Manchester Camerata camp."Next week's concert will be my…

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COMPOSER: Gavin Higgins
Thu 23rd Sep 2010

Gavin Higgins Gavin's composition While Time Quietly Kills Them was chosen to be premiered during Manchester Camerata's season opening concert on 25 September 2010.

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NEW MUSIC: While Time Quietly Kills Them
Thu 23rd Sep 2010

While Time Quietly Kills themComposed by Gavin HigginsPremiered on 25 September 2010 Inspired by the skeletal figure of Death on the Astronomical Clock in Prague's Old Town, While Time Quietly Kills Them explores both the organic and the mechanical.The…

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Hannah Roberts Biography
Wed 22nd Sep 2010

Manchester Camerata Principal Cellist Hannah Roberts performs regularly as a soloist for Manchester Camerata.Hannah Roberts is one of the outstanding young artists of her generation. She was privileged to study with the late William Pleeth and Ralph Kirshbaum, and to perform as…

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Hannah's Manchester Weekender
Wed 22nd Sep 2010

Manchester Camerata's principal cellist Hannah Roberts is teaming up with sound artist Andrew Deakin in a live collaborative performance in The Northern Quarter's Madlab as part The Manchester Weekender. Hannah is widely recognised as one of the outstanding cellists of her generation, and the…

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Tasmin Little's Camerata date in Mansfield
Tue 21st Sep 2010

Popular violinist Tasmin Little joins Manchester Camerata for its concert in Mansfield on the 17 October 2010 Tasmin Little studied under Pauline Scott at the Yehudi Menuhin School and later at the Guildhall School of Music, coming to prominence as a string section finalist…

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Clarinettist Fiona Cross plays Mozart
Tue 21st Sep 2010

Camerata's principal clarinettist, Fiona Cross, brings her outstanding musicality and virtuosity to Mozart's ever-popular Clarinet Concerto in Camerata's concert on 25 September 2010. Clarinettist Fiona Cross is widely recognised for her 'charismatic musicianship' (The Guardian) and performs extensively on the concert platform.She made…

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Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani for Camerata concert
Tue 21st Sep 2010

Harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani is joining Manchester Camerata for three concerts - 25 November in Colne, 27 November in Manchester and 2 December in Ulverston. Mahan Esfahani is currently the first harpsichordist to be named a BBC New Generation Artist and to be a…

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Miklós Perényi performs with Camerata
Mon 20th Sep 2010

Hungarian cellist Miklós Perényi performs with Manchester Camerata at its concerts in Ulverston on 21 October, and Manchester on 23 and 24 October.  

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Countdown to Higgins Composition
Mon 20th Sep 2010

Young composer Gavin Higgins blogs about his premier of `While Time Quietly Kills Them' with Manchester Camerata on Saturday 25 September 2010.     "The premiere of my new work for the Manchester Camerata is…

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Gabor's Masterclass Mastery
Mon 20th Sep 2010

Ariane Todes from The Strad reports from an early morning masterclass with Gábor Takács-Nagy. "There can be few better ways to start the day than listening to chamber music. Yesterday I was treated to a breakfast session of Gábor Takács-Nagy coaching the Barbirolli…

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Halloween Family Creativity Day Chester
Sun 19th Sep 2010

Join us for a Halloween themes Family Creativity Day in Chester on Saturday 23 October 2010, at Queen's School, Chester.10.15am to 3.00pm A fun day when all members of the family can get creative! The aim is for families…

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Mozart and Prague - Saturday 25 September
Wed 15th Sep 2010

Manchester Camerata 2010/11 Concert Series in Manchester opens on Saturday 25 September with Mozart and Prague at the RNCM Concert Hall.    ‘My Praguers understand me' - so Mozart infamously commented about the city…

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Bring in the New Year with Manchester Camerata
Wed 15th Sep 2010

Manchester Camerata is presenting two concerts in Manchester at The Bridgewater Hall designed for the New Year's celebration.    New Year's Eve Gala…

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Review: Camerata success in Workington
Wed 15th Sep 2010

The Name's Camerata - Manchester Camerata!Sarah Nicholls from the News and Star reviews Camerata's Bond themed concert at Workington Rugby Field "Hundreds of people gathered at Workington's Derwent Park on Saturday evening for the first event of the town's Urban Classical…

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Vacancy: Number 2, 1st Violin
Tue 14th Sep 2010

Number 2, 1st Violin (with potential for some leading) Manchester Camerata is seeking a no.2, 1st Violin to work in close junction with the orchestra, new Leader – Giovanni Guzzo, Music Director – Douglas Boyd, Permanent Guest Conductor – Nicholas Kraemer and Principal Guest Director – Gordan Nikolitch. Gábor Takács–Nagy will…

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Just So Happy Customers
Mon 30th Aug 2010

Youngsters treated to Manchester Camerata music in Staffordshire. Journalist Zoe Chamberlain writes in the Sunday Mercury about introducing youngsters to music and festivals. "The Just So Festival, set in the beautiful Barnswood, a scout camp near Leek in Staffordshire, was the most amazing place for families. A ‘mini-Glastonbury'…

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Midland Hotel stylish two-part 25 September concert deal
Mon 30th Aug 2010

The Midland Hotel is offering a great two part deal for Manchester Camerata concert goers on Saturday 25 September, with the chance to dine in style before a concert, and then return to complete your meal after the show.The Wyvern Bar and Restaurant nestling inside the glorious…

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Camerata plays for FIFA delegation
Wed 25th Aug 2010

Manchester Camerata have performed for the England 2018 World Cup Fifa Inspector's meal which took place Wednesday night at the Town Hall in Manchester.The delegation is touring England to decide whether football's biggest tournament comes home after a 52-year absence. 

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Camerata's asking What's ur flava...?
Thu 19th Aug 2010

Manchester Camerata's teamed up with Gorse Hill Studios and the Clore Duffield Foundation to create What's ur flava! - aimed at encouraging young people to write and perform their own songs and experience the excitement of the music industry.  Monday 23 August to Thursday 26 August, 10.00 am to 5.00…

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Manchester Camerata at the Just So Festival
Fri 13th Aug 2010

Manchester Camerata's gearing up for a day of fun and music as part of the Just So Festival in Staffordshire Musicians from Manchester Camerata will be working with our youngest audience ever at the Just So Festival, at Barnswood near Leek in Staffordshire,…

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Book now for Stafford Family Creativity Day
Thu 5th Aug 2010

Manchester Camerata Family Creativity Days are great way to keep youngsters amused, whilst encouraging creativity and the exploration of musical posiblilities. Sunday 14 November 2010, 10.15 am at The Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.Places are limited so we recommend you book early - Booking details below.

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Sir Gerald Kaufman MP joins Camerata Trust
Tue 3rd Aug 2010

Sir Gerald Kaufman, Labour MP for Gorton, Manchester, has been appointed a Trustee of the Manchester Camerata Trust. Sir Gerald has been a supporter of the orchestra for a number of years.Speaking about his appointment, Sir Gerald said, "I am very pleased…

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Be Part of Manchester Camerata
Mon 2nd Aug 2010

Manchester Camerata is seeking three people to join its small and busy team as Interns.  Each contract lasts for six months and you'd be expected to work for three days a week.  Read full details of all the Intern posiitons available

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Camerata gears up for Lytham Proms with Lesley Garrett
Wed 28th Jul 2010

On the 21 August 2010, Lytham Green will be transformed into a stunning concert arena as we join Lesley Garrett and the Manchester Camerata for Lytham Proms 2010. What better way to spend a Summer evening than sipping champagne and watching Britain's…

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Manchester Camerata unveils New Leader
Tue 27th Jul 2010

Venezuelan/Italian  violinist and rising star Giovanni Guzzo joins Manchester Camerata as leaderManchester Camerata has announced that the twenty-four year old Venezuelan/Italian violinist and rising star Giovanni Guzzo will be…

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Park Royal Blasts into Space with Camerata
Tue 27th Jul 2010

Manchester Camerata recently collaborated with Parkroyal Community School in Macclesfield on a week long project forming part of the school's enterprising Arts Week. …

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Gábor Takács-Nagy's Postcard from Verbier
Sun 25th Jul 2010

Far from taking it easy over the summer months, Manchester Camerata's Music Director designate Gábor Takács-Nagy has been working with young chamber musicians high in the Swiss Alps.  Back in…

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Nina Reflects on St Petersburg
Fri 23rd Jul 2010

Composer Nina Whiteman is creating a new work which will be performed as part of Manchester Camerata's new season concert on 23 October 2010 - Pictures from St Petersburg. Here she blogs the composing experience.

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Douglas Boyd picks up Mackerras Proms Baton
Thu 22nd Jul 2010

The BBC Proms has announced that Manchester Camerata's Music Director Douglas Boyd will replace the late Sir Charles Mackerras to conduct the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's prom on Thursday 29 July. The late night prom - featuring Dvorak's Serenade in D minor for winds, cello…

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Songbook of the Earth - Media Coverage
Fri 9th Jul 2010

Here you can read a selection of media coverage of the highly successful Songbook of the Earth Project:MusoLife - 26 April - A TriumphLauren Strain from Musolife.com reports from the Songbook of the Earth gala concert at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on 19 April, where more…

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Camerata in ITunes/Times Promotion
Thu 8th Jul 2010

Manchester Camerata is featuring in a promotion led by The Times in association with iTunes aimed at promoting British Orchestras and their music this summer. The Sunday Times is offering its readers the opportunity to download 15 free tracks on Sunday 11th July and…

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Triumph for Songbook of the Earth
Thu 8th Jul 2010

       

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Top Prize for Chets Composer
Mon 5th Jul 2010

17 year old Jonathan Woolgar - who had a piece premiered by Manchester Camerata in March this year - is celebrating winning his first major commision. Jonathan entered the BBC Young Composers' Competition 2010 with an original five-minute piece written for clarinet, violin and piano. His…

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BBC Launches Proms Archive
Mon 5th Jul 2010

The BBC has launched a Proms archive, listing all performances, composers, works, soloists, conductors and ensembles in its 115-year history.  Details of all the 7,168 concerts which have taken place since 1895 can be searched in the online database.It's taken two years to compile and cross-check the database…

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Reflections on Manchester
Sun 4th Jul 2010

Visitors to The Manchester Museum will find that a new temporary structure called Reflective Room has appeared in the Museum's Courtyard from this week. The structure was chosen as the winning design in a competition between 5th year Architecture students from the Prototype and Re_Map…

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Cholmondeley Fireworks Concert
Tue 29th Jun 2010

Manchester Camerata is again back at the stunning surroundings of Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire for an evening of music and fireworks on Saturday 17 July 2010.  Cholmondeley is a curious mix of Romantic Gothic styles which reflect the changing status of the family that's lived there for hundreds…

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Reflections on Prague: The Story So Far!
Mon 28th Jun 2010

Young composer, Gavin Higgins, blogs about his assignment to create a new work to be played as part of Manchester Camerata's concert on 25 September 2010."About two months ago I was selected from a number of applicants to write a piece for the Manchester Camerata Orchestra, something I…

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BBC Features Camerata's Das Lied
Tue 22nd Jun 2010

BBC Radio 3' Discovering Music features Manchester Camerata's Das Lied von der ErdeStephen Johnson examines the ideas and meaning of Mahler's great symphony of song, Das Lied von der Erde, through the chamber version made by Arnold Schoenberg and Rainer Riehn after Mahler's death. For superstitious reasons, Mahler…

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Camerata RNCM Dido featured on BBC
Tue 22nd Jun 2010

BBC Radio 3's Discovering Music has featured Manchester Camerata's Dido and Aeneas.Purcell's 350th anniversary was celebrated in January last year with a semi-staged performance of his most famous opera which was staged in partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music. Dido, Queen of Carthage, falls in love…

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Purcell's Dido Top of the Arias in BBC Poll
Wed 16th Jun 2010

Henry Purcell's When I am laid in Earth, from the opera Dido and Aeneas, has been named the nation's favourite aria. Listeners to Rob Cowan's breakfast show on Radio 3 voted for their top aria as part of the BBC's opera season. It beat popular pieces by Mozart,…

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Countdown to Manchester Day
Wed 9th Jun 2010

MEN looks ahead to Manchester Day - 20 June 2010"Rummage through Manchester history and you are constantly reminded of a maverick spirit, a city with its own ideas of doing things.  The face we show to the world has often been defiant and unconventional, be it…

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Radio 3 Broadcasts Camerata's Das Lied
Tue 8th Jun 2010

BBC Radio 3 broadcasting January's Das Lied von der Erde concert on Monday 14 June.From the Performance page of Radio 3:"Manchester Camerata, conducted by Douglas Boyd, bring a coda to the critically-acclaimed cycle of Mahler symphonies performed by Manchester's orchestras, with the symphonic song-cycle that Mahler…

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BRIDGEWATER HALL IN PICTURES
Mon 7th Jun 2010

Exhibition of behind the scenes photos of The Bridgewater Hall by William Ellis opens Thursday 10 June Elbow bringing the house down with the Hallé; Joan Baez blasting stripped-down, politically-charged folk rock; the slick blues roll of mid-flow Buddy Guy; Liza Minnelli giving it both barrels in a trademark showstopper…

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Das Lied download now available
Sun 6th Jun 2010

Das Lied von der Erde was Manchester Camerata's acclaimed contribution to the Manchester Mahler Series - a celebration of 150 years since the birth of the great composer.The series has seen all the Symphonies played in order, plus Das Lied von der Erde,…

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Blacon Early Years - Dalcroze Eurythmics
Fri 4th Jun 2010

Manchester Camerata has recently finished a run of brilliantly organic musical workshops based on Dalcroze Eurythmics with children from the Blacon Kids' Childcare Campus in Chester. Dalcroze Eurythmics is, in essence, any way to physically associate ourselves with music so that our response to…

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PRS Foundation Call for New Music
Thu 3rd Jun 2010

PRS for Music Foundation launches New Music 20x12 as part of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. We're looking for 20 brand new musical works, of outstanding creative excellence, each lasting 12 minutes. Together these will celebrate the UK's musical talent and creativity throughout 2012 and beyond. We have up to £10,000…

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Crewe's Lyceum under Threat
Thu 3rd Jun 2010

Crewe's Lyceum Theatre under threat, reports Crewe Chronicle"The curtain could come down for good on Crewe's historic Lyceum Theatre, which will be 100 years old next year. The future of the award-winning theatre is under threat because Cheshire East Council is considering withdrawing its funding. Furious Conservative and…

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Tameside Kids Camerata Experience
Thu 3rd Jun 2010

Tameside Music Service Teams Up With Manchester CamerataPupils from St. Peter's CE Primary , St. James's CE Primary and St. Anne's Primary, Denton delighted an audience of parents, teachers and governors with the world premiere of "Night Spirits" - a piece by Liz Sharma on 24th May 2010…

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Manchester Orchestras look ahead
Wed 2nd Jun 2010

Robert Beale, writing in Classical Music, looks ahead for Manchester Camerata"The three orchestras based at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall have announced season plans for 2010/11 which see a focus on major British works from Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé, and farewells from Gianandrea Noseda at the BBC Philharmonic…

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Opera House Plans a step closer
Thu 27th May 2010

Manchester Opera House plans a step closerInvesting in the North West reports: "Plans to build a Royal Opera House at Manchester's Palace Theatre are one step closer after 'a very positive meeting' among council and cultural chiefs of Manchester and Salford. Bosses at the city's existing…

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Arts Council reacts to Spending Cuts
Thu 27th May 2010

Arts Council England responds to a £19 million reduction in funding from DCMS Statement from Dame Liz Forgan, Chair of Arts Council England: "We all knew this year would be tough. We do not understand why we have received a higher percentage cut than other DCMS funded bodies. "Making…

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REVIEW: Boyd can do no wrong!
Mon 24th May 2010

Robert Beale reviews Manchester Camerata's PARIS, VIENNA, LONDON concert in City LifeThe Camerata's music director, Douglas Boyd, has just a year to go in the post and they should make the most of it, as his like do not come round often.Saturday's concert at The Bridgewater…

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REVIEW: STOTT'S PRECISE ELEGANCE
Sat 22nd May 2010

Chris Ramsden reviews PARIS, VIENNA, LONDON at Stafford Gatehouse TheatreParis, Vienna, London, Stafford, Dominican Republic... it reads like the international credits of a very peculiar fashion chain.  But this was the geographic story of last night's performance at Stafford Gatehouse by the Manchester Camerata. Chief designer…

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Lawrence Jones joins Camerata Board
Fri 21st May 2010

UKFast owner Lawrence Jones joins Manchester Camerata's BoardLawrence Jones, founder of the Manchester-based web hosting firm UKFast, is the latest significant figure from the North West's business community to join the Board of Directors of Manchester Camerata, one of the UK's leading chamber orchestras. Lawrence Jones…

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Tameside Schools in Camerata Partnership
Wed 19th May 2010

Musicians from Manchester Camerata are working with groups in Tameside schools to rehearse specially arranged repertoire for a side by side performance of brass, viola and guitar groups with an ensemble of Camerata musicians. School children will also develop an improvised section in their workshop, which will be included…

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UK Fast Bid Rejected
Sun 16th May 2010

The founder of Manchester-based web hosting firm UKFast says he's turned down a £53 million offer for the business.Crain's Manchester Business is reporting that Lawrence Jones rejected the deal because he didn't think the buyer would have been good for the company's long term prospects.Lawrence Jones…

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Get ready for the Urban Symphony
Sun 16th May 2010

Manchester Camerata is excited to announce that as part of our newly announced 2010/11 season, we plan to deliver an exciting series of learning and participation projects, ultimately leading to the creation of a "Manchester Symphony."Following on from the highly successful Songbook of the Earth project, we'll be…

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2010/11 Season Launch: Urban Symphonies
Mon 10th May 2010

Urban Symphonies is a musical celebration of cities around the world which have inspired great and memorable music for orchestra.  But it's so much more than that. We're planning a…

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Review: Manchester Mahler in the Telegraph
Mon 10th May 2010

David Fanning reviews the Hallé and BBC Phil's Manchester Mahler contibution in the Telegraph.co.uk"Mahler's Eighth Symphony, with the combined strengths of the two orchestras whose contrasting styles and repertoires make Manchester's musical life so rich, was always the hot ticket of the season. As anyone who knows the…

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Kathryn Stott bounces back
Mon 10th May 2010

Acclaimed pianist Kathryn Stott is well aware of life's little uncertainties!You'd think that in an industry where you get booked up years in advance, things would be plain sailing. But months of playing and touring in excruciating pain made an operation on her back vital, and she had…

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Review: Mahler leaves Times reviewer Shaken and Stirred!
Mon 10th May 2010

An improvised organ work and Mahler's Eighth left Time's rveiewer Paul Driver shaken and stirred in Manchester "Manchester has an honourable Mahler tradition, thanks largely to the Hallé Orchestra's conductor John Barbirolli, but he never managed to put on the oratorio-like symphony that is Mahler's Eighth. The lack of an…

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Review: Mahler's 'Symphony of a Thousand'
Mon 10th May 2010

The Halle and BBC Philharmonic's Mahler Triumph reviewed by Citylife"It was the big one. Mahler's ‘Symphony of a thousand' - in practice, the symphony of just-over-half-a-thousand, but pretty spectacular nonetheless - performed jointly by the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic, with an army of choral singers, in the joint…

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KRAEMER 'Baroque Maestro'
Mon 10th May 2010

Pat Kickey in the Chicago Daily Observer reviews the "Baroque Maestro" Nicholas Kraemer. "Chicago's Harris Theater was packed with music lovers especially the beautiful woman who deigned to attend last night's performance with me. The diminutive angel with whom I am allowed to visit my better instincts is a…

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Review: Manchester's Mahler Eighth
Mon 10th May 2010

Anna Picard in the Indepedent reviews Mahler's Eighth at the Bridgewater Hall which saw the Hallé join forces with the BBC Philharmoninc to create the 'Hallémonic'."The Bridgewater Hall saw the debut of a new orchestra last weekend as players from the BBC Philharmonic and the Hallé joined forces…

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Profile: New Culture Secretary
Mon 10th May 2010

From the All About Audiences website:The Arts Council England has issued a response to appointment of Jeremy Hunt, tory MP for South West Surrey, as new secretary of state for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport.Alan Davey, chief executive, Arts Council England said: 'I welcome the appointment of…

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RNCM Students Concerto Weekend
Thu 29th Apr 2010

RNCM Students are gearing up for RNCM International Artist Diploma Concerto Weekend - 15 and 16 May, 2010Following a remarkable series of recitals in the Spring, violinist Eva Thorarinsdottir, cellist Philip Higham and pianists Slava Sidorenko and Kateryna Titova now turn their attentions to the concerto repertoire, their choices…

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Camerata joins Lowry birthday celebrations
Wed 28th Apr 2010

Happy Birthday to the Lowry. The Chester Chronicle outlines how the Salford Quays arts centre plans to celebrate its first decade.  Manchester Camerata is in the mix, providing a live accompaniment for the acclaimed Peter and the Wolf animated film in June."The Lowry at Salford Quays has spent…

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RNCM Students to conduct Camerata
Tue 27th Apr 2010

Three students who are in the second year of their postgraduate conducting course at the RNCM will conduct Manchester Camerata on the weekend of 15 and 16 May.Juan Ortuno, Edwina Wolstencroft and Ian Davis will be assessed on their performance as part of their studies.The RNCM's…

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Young Composers' Camerata Encounter
Mon 26th Apr 2010

Two young composers have spent an afternoon with Manchester Camerata to find out more about the new compositions they'll be writing to be premiered by the orchestra this coming autumn.To hear this article as a podcast - Click HERE

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BBC Proms line up announced
Fri 23rd Apr 2010

Daleks, Domingo and 1910 - Times Online reports this year's BBC Proms delights."A packed Royal Albert Hall, thousands of classical music lovers on their feet roaring Rule Britannia amid a sea of Union Jacks - there is nothing else in the calendar remotely like the Last Night of…

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Artistic Treat for Patrons
Thu 22nd Apr 2010

On Thursday 15 April, Patrons of both Manchester Camerata and the Manchester Art Gallery were treated to a…

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Review: Songbook of the Earth
Mon 19th Apr 2010

Lauren Strain from Musolife.com reports from the Songbook of the Earth gala concert at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on 19 April, where more than 400 school children and the Manchester Camerata unveiled a collection of piecesabout the environment. "It's delightful to hear a hubbub…

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Radio 3 discusses the future of the Arts
Fri 16th Apr 2010

Gillian Reynolds in The Guardian reviews Radio 3's MUSIC MATTERS: a discussion involving Ben Bradshaw, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Photo: David Rose"Radio 3 has real fans here and internet followers around the world. What it doesn't usually have is a place for them to…

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Changes - See the Movie!
Fri 16th Apr 2010

You've read about Manchester Camerata's Changes Project involving two schools in Chester.  Now you can watch the movie!  On Friday 26 March, Children from Upton Heath Primary and Dorin Park Specialist SEN College came together to present a high-tech performance which was the culmination of…

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REVIEW: Douglas Boyd with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Thu 15th Apr 2010

A review of Manchester Camerata Music Director Douglas Boyd's conducting of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra by Chip Michael on the Interchanging Idioms music blog"Principal Guest Conductor Douglas Boyd was on the podium tonight with the Colorado Symphony. His command of the rich romantic language from Sibelius to Dvořák…

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Camerata Trumpeter Helen Quayle praises RNCM study
Thu 15th Apr 2010

Manchester Camerata Trumpeter Helen Quayle, sings the praises of studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in The Brass Herald, and talks to John Miller - Head of Brass Studies about why the college has built an enviable reputation."Why is the RNCM reputed to be one of…

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BBC Radio 3 Launches Chart Show
Sun 11th Apr 2010

BBC Radio 3 'Chart Show' starts today (Monday 12th April)Radio 3 is to broadcast a weekly chart of classical music for the first time in its history which will challenge "crusty old preconceptions". The station will devote part of its Tuesday breakfast show to discussing albums in the…

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Blacon's Musical Building Blocks
Mon 5th Apr 2010

Building on the success of the Lullabies project in 2008, Blacon Early Years is an extension of the partnership with the Blacon Community Trust which used traditional songs and rhymes to enhance parent-child relationships and communication whilst supporting holistic child development. The participants created a…

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Countdown to Songbook of the Earth
Fri 2nd Apr 2010

Just days to go now till the climax of the Songbook of the Earth project.Songbook of the Earth is an exciting collaboration between Manchester Camerata and the Bridgewater Hall Community Education Trust. The project was inspired by Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, and has been working with…

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Review: Camerata in Doncaster
Fri 2nd Apr 2010

Eileen Caiger Gray reviews Manchester Camerata's recent concert at the Civic Theatre in Doncaster in DigYorkshire.com"Pieces from five wonderfully varied composers ensured an evening of stimulating entertainment. Joseph Wolfe wielded the baton before the Manchester Camerata strings, employing a conducting style as expressive from behind as from in…

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Review: Mahler Series in FT
Wed 31st Mar 2010

Andrew Clark of the Financial Times reviews the progress of the Mnchester Mahler cycle, and priaises the city's orchestral cooperation."With a double Mahler anniversary in the offing - this year is the 150th anniversary of his birth, next year the centenary of his death - we can expect…

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Review: Ulverston Recharged
Tue 30th Mar 2010

Blogger Geoff Dellow attended Sunday's Manchester Camerata concert in Ulverston."Great to have the batteries recharged by these superb performers who travel here from Manchester. Sad that there are many who completely miss out on what could be the event of a lifetime. They could have filled those occasional…

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Review: Crewe at a Crossroads
Sun 28th Mar 2010

Chris Ramsden reviews Manchester Camerata's farewell concert at the Crewe Lyceum"How appropriate that the music which was Chopin's farewell to Warsaw should be the Manchester Camerata's goodbye to Crewe.It started with my realisation that in this, the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth, I was never going…

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REVIEW: Piano Classics in Crewe
Sat 27th Mar 2010

Ian White reviews Manchester Camerata's Chamber Classic's concert with Martin Roscoe at the Crewe Lyceum"The Manchester Camarata have a long established record of excellent concerts at Crewe and have always generated a large and appreciative audience. The soloist was Martin Roscoe, one of Britain's best loved pianists, returning…

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Martin Roscoe on BBC Radio 3's In Tune
Wed 24th Mar 2010

Martin Roscoe is interviewed by Sean Rafferty on BBC Radio Three's In Tune programmeMartin Roscoe, who's appearing with the Manchester Camerata Ensemble four times in the next week, was the guest of Sean Raffety on Tuesday's edition of In Tune on BBC Radio 3.During the interview…

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Classical Music Sales soar in Germany
Wed 24th Mar 2010

Billboard.com reports double digit growth in music sales in Germany!Double-digit growth was achieved in both volumes and revenues according to German Federal Music Industry Association. Numerous releases to mark the births or deaths of famous composers such as Georg-Friedrich Handel (250th anniversary of his death), Joseph…

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Richard Howarth for Westmoreland Job
Tue 23rd Mar 2010

RICHARD Howarth has been named as the Westmorland Orchestra’s new principal conductor and will be on the podium for the popular ensemble’s 2010/2011 season, which starts in December. He takes over from Barry Sharkey, who retired in 2009 after being the WO’s conductor for 35 years. Richard has enjoyed a…

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Lady Walton 1926 - 2010
Tue 23rd Mar 2010

It's with great sadness that we learned that Lady Walton, widow of the composer Sir William Walton, and a charismatic figure in the world of gardening and music, passed away peacefully at her home, La Mortella, on the Island of Ischia over the weekend. She was 83 years old. She…

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Vintage Camerata
Mon 22nd Mar 2010

We've been digging in the Manchester Camerata Vaults and have come up with some vintage pictures of the Orchestra.  Camerata was founded in the 1971-1972 season and has been at the forefront of the Manchester music scene ever since.  

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Chester Music Project reaches climax
Sun 21st Mar 2010

Children from two schools in Chester present a high-tech performance today (26 March 2010) which marks the culmination of a year long project. Youngsters from Upton Heath Primary and Dorin Park Specialist SEN College have collaborated to create a music based performance which makes use of the latest adapative technology…

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Das Lied von der Erde - Coming soon!
Sun 21st Mar 2010

Coming soon - Download Manchester Camerata's acclaimed Das Lied von der Erde We're just days away from making the live recording of Manchester Camerata's performance of Das Lied von der Erde - which took place at the Bridgewater Hall in January - available for download…

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1001 Inventions - A Manchester Success
Thu 18th Mar 2010

1001 Inventions - A Manchester Success Story Here at  Manchester Camerata we think local success is worth shouting about!So let's bring your attention to a 'blockbuster' cultural exhibition with roots in Manchester which has attracted more than 15 thousand visitors in its first week at the Science Museum in London.…

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Barbara Grunthal takes a bow!
Thu 18th Mar 2010

Manchester Camerata Cellist Barbara Grunthal is profiled in the Jewish Chrronicle Online. "When the conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier re-routed his bouquet to "the sweet cellist at the back" he was paying tribute to an obvious, but rarely acknowledged, truth. Accolades are gifted to conductors and soloists, but their performances can…

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Mahler Midway
Mon 15th Mar 2010

Lynne Walker in the Independent reviews the Manchester Mahler series so farWith the Fifth Symphony came the midpoint in the Mahler in Manchester series, an invaluable enterprise between the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé and Manchester Camerata. Which other city could summon such a fruitful relationship between its…

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Mayor's music fits the bill
Fri 12th Mar 2010

A Piece composed by Tameside Mayor Councillor John Sullivan is being performed as part of a prestigious concert at Ashton Town Hall. The event will feature the internationally acclaimed countertenor James Bowman as well as a number of other celebrated artists.In hosting the…

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Gábor Takács-Nagy for Camerata post
Wed 10th Mar 2010

Gábor-Takács-Nagy unveiled as Manchester Camerata's new Music Director from September 2011Manchester Camerata is excited to announce that the great Hungarian musician Gábor Takács-Nagy will take over from Douglas Boyd as Music Director from September next year.  Internationally known as a chamber music player and a founding member of the…

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Hungary highlights Manchester Links
Wed 10th Mar 2010

Budapest Festival Orchestra highlights Gábor Takács-Nagy Manchester Links The renowned violinist, former first violin of the Takács String Quartet and concert master of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Gábor Takács-Nagy will conduct the BFO in the coming concerts of the "Haydn-Mozart Plus' series in the Italian Institute. For some years Takács-Nagy…

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Let's hear it for Applause
Wed 10th Mar 2010

Extracts from this week's lecture given at the Royal Philharmonic Society in London by critic Alex Ross who advocated a much more relaxed approach to Classical Music concert going. "Last autumn, Barack Obama hosted an evening of classical music at the White House. Beforehand, he said, "Now, if any of…

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Praise for Songbook of the Earth
Sun 7th Mar 2010

Lauren Strain at Musolife.com blogs about Manchester Camerata's Songbook of the Earth event at The Bridgewater Hall. "It's a little after the fact, but we wanted to flag up a rather special event that occurred at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on 27 January. More than 2000 school children from Manchester…

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Virtual Virtuosos
Sun 7th Mar 2010

Pictures, Pixels and Pages blog praises Manchester Camerata webcast with Venetian ensemble. "Last night's Virtual Virtuosos online gig at TEDxWarsaw proved the concept that remote collaboration by musicians in more than two locations (two having been done before) is possible, even if the currently available technology is still…

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Message for the Action Man
Sun 7th Mar 2010

Planet Musician Blog highlights Manchester Camerata's hand in helping kids send a message to the skies "I had a hard time getting up this morning - maybe I could get some help from English schoolkids. As part of Manchester Metropolitan University"s celebration of National Science and Engineering Week, students from three…

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Orchestral Vision for the Future
Mon 1st Mar 2010

The Association of British Orchestras (ABO) has launched its 5-year vision for orchestras - A Platform for Success - laying out the sector's commitment to taking high quality music to more people than ever before - and callingon government to support its ambitions. …

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Wake Up Call for Astronauts
Sun 28th Feb 2010

The Nantwich News Blog reports Manchester Camerata musicians helping a local primary school win a Space Station music contest "Children at a Nantwich primary school have helped to compose wake-up music for International Space Station residents! The youngsters from Wyche Primary beat two other North West schools to win a…

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North West Education initiative
Sun 28th Feb 2010

The Brass Herald highlights Manchester Camerata's involvement a new scheme to train musicians."Three chamber orchestras in the North West - Manchester Camerata, Lancashire Sinfonietta, and Northern Chamber Orchestra - have teamed up with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to deliver a tailored training programme for orchestral musicians who are involved in…

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Camerata 'mesmerises' kids
Tue 23rd Feb 2010

Muso Life's Lauren Strain praises Manchester Camerata's Songbook of the Earth project "It's a little after the fact, but we wanted to flag up a rather special event that occurred at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on 27 January. More than 2000 school children from Manchester and its attendant regions…

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'Bargainous Tickets' for students
Mon 22nd Feb 2010

Musolife.com highlights Manchester Camerata's ticket bargains for studentsManchester Camerata offers "bargainous tickets" to students"Ukrainian violinist Valeriy Sokolov is one of classical music's brightest young things - and, alongside critics, who declared his performance at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in January a triumph, it seems…

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Fiddler on Fire
Mon 22nd Feb 2010

Manchester Confidiential previews Valeriy Sokolov's appearance with Manchester Camerata on 13 March 2010:Talented young violinist Valeriy Sokolov plays Beethoven at the Bridgewater Hall When three venues book the same musician in as many months, it's a sign that someone special has stepped…

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Family Fun in Stafford
Sun 21st Feb 2010

STAFFORD FAMILY CREATIVITY DAYSunday 28 February 201010:15am till 3.00pmStafford Gatehouse TheatreTo book telephone the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Box Office on 01785 254653or in person to the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2LT. Manchester Camerata invites you to take part in our latest Family Creativity Day in Stafford.  

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Writing on the Wall for Manchester Camerata
Fri 19th Feb 2010

Manchester Camerata's 2009/10 Season centred on the theme of Exchanges, be they musical, cultural or ideological. The theme informed every aspect of our work; both on stage, in concerts, and off stage, in our Learning and Participation work.The Writing on the Wall project, Inspired by Handel's Belshazzar, explored the nature of the…

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Camerata Podcasts Library Launched
Fri 19th Feb 2010

There's some exciting new content on the Manchester Camerata website: a Podcast library.Throughout the season we have been collecting interviews with key players in our work and other audio clips that capture the magic of Camerata in action.We have just uploaded eight new audio articles, including…

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Review: Camerata in Stafford
Thu 18th Feb 2010

Review from Chris Ramsden's Notes from Middle England blogADI DOES A GORDAN; THE CAMERATA STRINGS IN STAFFORD"Back in 2007, Gordan Nikolitch turned up at the Stafford Gatehouse with the Manchester Camerata and proceeded to conduct them while playing the violin. It was a pretty awesome…

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RNCM Composer for Camerata Concert
Thu 18th Feb 2010

Manchester Camerata to perform RNCM student's work RNCM Composition student Steven Jackson will have one of his compositions performed by Manchester Camerata on 24 April 2010. Steven received this opportunity as part of Manchester Camerata’s Manchester Composers’ Project. Three young musicians - one each from Manchester…

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Review: BBC Phil, Mahler Festival
Tue 16th Feb 2010

The Telegraph's David Fanning reviews the BBC Philharmonic's concert of Mahler and Cerha, part of the Mahler in Manchester series. "IN 1960, the centenary of Mahler's birth was a turning point, and not just for his reputation. Suddenly everyone woke up to music that felt more modern than anything the pundits…

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Chester & Ulverston Family Fun
Tue 16th Feb 2010

CHESTER FAMILY CREATIVITY DAYSaturday 20 February 201010:15am till 3.00pmUniversity of Chester, Kingsway CampusTo book telephone the Chester Festivals ticket line on 08452417868or in person by going to Chester Tourist Information Centre. ULVERSTON FAMILY CREATIVITY DAY Sunday 21 February 201010.15 am till 3.00pmCoronation…

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Songbook - The Story So Far
Mon 15th Feb 2010

Songbook of the Earth is an exciting music project presented by Manchester Camerata in collaboration with the Bridgewater Hall Community Education Trust. Children from 14 primary schools in Greater Manchester, The Wirral and Chester have been involved in workshops aimed at creating a brand new song cycle. This new collection of songs - inspired…

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The future of the Classical Concert?
Tue 9th Feb 2010

David Lister writes in the Independent. "Last Tuesday I think I saw the future. At least, I hope I did. In a sensational evening at the Royal Festival Hall, I watched Daniel Barenboim play Beethoven's third piano concerto and conduct Schoenberg's notoriously difficult Variations for Orchestra Op 31.…

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VACANCY: Concerts Intern
Mon 8th Feb 2010

6 month contract, 3 days p.w. Manchester Camerata is seeking an enthusiastic graduate for a voluntary Concerts Internship. The successful applicant must be creative and proactive with the drive and ambition to develop a career in the arts. The ideal candidate will be able to work on their own initiative,…

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REVIEW: Camerata wows York
Mon 8th Feb 2010

Simon Fenton of The Yorker reviews Manchester Camerata's recent concert in York. "The audience’s rapturous response to the concert is probably the best indicator of its success. The Camerata not only fulfilled the high expectations they faced, they surpassed them. This was one of the…

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REVIEW: Manchester's Thunderous Mahler
Sun 7th Feb 2010

Sunday Times reviewer Paul Driver writes in timesonline.co.uk "Douglas Boyd conducted the Manchester Camerata in Das Lied von der Erde, Mahler's symphonic song cycle, in a chamber version begun by Schoenberg, but finished (in 1983) by the conductor Rainer Riehn. The new work on this occasion was the brief, concise…

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Successful Composers chosen to Showcase works
Thu 4th Feb 2010

Following the Manchester Composers' Workshop Day at the beginning of February, three works have been chosen to be performed later this season by Manchester Camerata. Ten works were heard in all, with the composers taking part from the Royal Northern College of Music, Chethams and Manchester University. One composer was…

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Review: Mahler in Manchester
Wed 3rd Feb 2010

City Life's Robert Beale observes the Mahler frenzy in Manchester "IT’S a long time since I have seen such a queue of people waiting hopefully for the odd returned ticket to get into a concert at the Bridgewater Hall – and that sight on Thursday (January 28) showed how Manchester’s Mahler symphony…

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Review: Das Lied von der Erde
Wed 3rd Feb 2010

Gramophone "A Vivid performance from Manchester Camerata" On a freezing Manchester evening, walking past Waterhouse’s Gothic-revival town hall, the neo-classical library, the huge iron arch of the former railway station (now a conference centre) – all manifestations of civic self-confidence – nature feels a long way away. It isn’t…

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RECORDING: Beethoven 6 & 8
Mon 1st Feb 2010

The fourth and penultimate recording in Manchester Camerata's Beethoven Cycle, under the baton of the ensemble's former Music Director, Douglas Boyd.

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Budding songwriters at Beethoven concert
Mon 1st Feb 2010

"It was fantastic, a once in a life time experience and it sounded just like a CD". Children from St Andrew’s CE Primary, Littleborough were invited to attend Manchester Camerata’s special performance of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony on 27 January at The Bridgewater Hall. The special performance of Beethoven’s…

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BBC Philharmonic's Theme Success
Sun 31st Jan 2010

Upshares, Downshares, the Radio 4 PM programme's daily business and economics slot with Nils Blythe, has charted the economic crisis daily since November 2008.  Once the slot had been given the name it wasn't long before the programme started playing the original theme from the Upstairs, Downstairs seventies drama ... but then, unbidden, listeners…

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Review: Belshazzar - Energy and Style
Fri 29th Jan 2010

Robert Beale at City Life reviews Manchester Camerata's semi staging of Handel's Belshazzar "The downfall of political strongmen (or women) has a strange fascination, which is one reason for the enduring allure of this Handel oratorio.It’s the tale of the ancient potentate of Babylon, whose fate was decreed…

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Noisy Day Out at Bridgewater Hall
Thu 28th Jan 2010

2500 kids from the North West come together to be inspired by Manchester Camerata. The Bridgewater Hall was packed to the rafters with kids from across the North West - all to hear Manchester Camerata play Beethoven's Symphony No. 6. Children…

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Valeriy Sokolov at the RNCM
Thu 28th Jan 2010

Young violinist Valeriy Sokolov is quite a hot property this year. Manchester Camerata has him booked to play Beethoven's concerto at the Bridgewater Hall on March 13, and then the Hallé have him to do the Sibelius on April 15.  But Manchester Chamber Concerts Society got in first, and presented him…

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Review: Handel's Belshazzar, RNCM
Thu 28th Jan 2010

Despite the BBC giving focus to Handel as one of last year's four Composers of the Year to mark the 250 year anniversary of his death, nothing was heard of Belshazzar despite its following the Messiah as a large scale successful work, deemed by Handel himself to be worthy of…

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Camerata Crosses Borders
Tue 26th Jan 2010

The social networking music website Dilettante has featured the varied work of Manchester Camerata, and looks ahead to the Manchester Composers' Project Workshop Day on Monday 1 February. "While Manchester might be best-known these days for football heroes like Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney, anyone familiar with the city's…

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Songbook of the Earth Project
Tue 26th Jan 2010

2500 School children hear Manchester Camerata play Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 More than 2500 children will pack The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Wednesday 27th January for…

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Praise for Mahler festival in Guardian
Sun 24th Jan 2010

Guardian Editorial praises the collaboration to create Manchester's Mahler Festival High praise indeed in an editorial in the Guardian newspaper, marking the start of a five month long celebration of the music of Mahler, which includes Manchester Camerata's study day on Saturday 30th January, and concert features Das Lied von der…

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Job Vacancy: Head of Development
Fri 22nd Jan 2010

Manchester Camerata is at one of the most exciting points in its history. Artistically and educationally, it is held in highregard locally, regionally and nationally and is poised to breakthrough onto an international stage. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with sparkle and flair to recruit, maintain…

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Manchester Camerata on Channel M
Thu 21st Jan 2010

Channel M Today's Nikki Dean speaks to graffiti artist Sophie Backhouse and Manchester Camerata's Head of Learning Charlotte Spencer about The Writing on the Wall project currently running in Little Hulton. The scheme is an example of how Manchester Camerata and the Royal Northern College of Music are collaborating to use the inspirational…

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Belshazzar on Classic FM Podcast
Thu 21st Jan 2010

This weekend's Belshazzar performance and Writing on the Wall project involving Manchester Camerata have been featured on Classic FM's daily online arts show. "There's a unique staging of Handel's Belshazzar this weekend at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester - in collaboration with Manchester Camerata they're presenting a…

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Manchester begins Mahler Cycle
Wed 20th Jan 2010

The BBC Philharmonic kicked off Manchester's thought-provoking journey. Remembrance, and echoes of the past. Manchester is a city full of echoes (perhaps all cities are?). The elegant glass prow of the Bridgewater Hall is docked amid gentrified canals and warehouses which testify to the industrial past. Nearby, the old façade of…

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Bushra El Turk on Radio 3
Wed 20th Jan 2010

Lebanese composer Bushra El-Turk discusses Mahler's Inspirational Music The Lebanese composer Bushra El-Turk has been speaking to the BBC about her new composition, to be premiered on Saturday 30th of January as part of Manchester Camerata's concert celebrating the life and works of Gustav Mahler.  2010 marks 150 years since the…

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Mahler in Manchester - BBC review
Mon 18th Jan 2010

Manchester does retrospectives exceptionally well, largely because the city's orchestras – the BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé and the Manchester Camerata – have an uncommon willingness to ­collaborate. Mahler in Manchester, their latest project, is a big, provocative anniversary tribute that defines the composer as an inspirational avant-gardist by ­prefacing each…

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Camerata Classic FM Podcast
Tue 12th Jan 2010

Manchester Camerata was featured on a Classic FM Podcast during the Christmas period. Dashing through the snow, on a one horse open sleigh? That'll be Manchester Camerata then - battling the elements before Christmas to play with Leslie Garrett in Scarborough. They're hoping there'll be no such drama for their…

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Robert Beale's 2010 Picks
Mon 11th Jan 2010

IT was always going to be a year of disparate events musically in 2009 - many composer anniversaries, and endings and beginnings in our musical life. Now let's look to the future, as our three city orchestras - along with Bridgewater Hall - have a mammoth composer celebration, stretching from…

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Mahler in the Northwest
Mon 11th Jan 2010

The hottest classical tickets of the year The forthcoming Manchester orchestras Mahler Festival featured in the 'hottest classical tickets of the year' list published in The Sunday Times on 10th January 2010, alongside Billy Budd at Glyndebourne, Bryn Terfel in Wagner's The Mastersingers of Nuremberg and The Wigmore Hall's Schumann…

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Review: New Year Concerts, Manchester
Sun 10th Jan 2010

GRACE AND EFFECTIVENESS - CAMERATA'S FESTIVE MANCHESTER CONCERTS For New Year's Eve, Manchester Camerata took its traditional place at the heart of the Bridgewater Hall's festivities, and, with Clark Rundell on the podium and the father-and-daughter team of Bonaventura and Rebecca Bottone as tenor and soprano soloists, made it an…

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New Year Message from Bob Riley
Wed 6th Jan 2010

Happy New Year! It's 2010 - how on Earth did that happen? Manchester Camerata finished off the year with fireworks and fabulous singing and playing at The Bridgewater Hall on New Years Eve. All of this very closely followed by some Hungarian/Viennese waltzing with Gabor Takacs-Nagy. Soprano Natalya Romaniw stunned…

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Composers' Project update
Wed 6th Jan 2010

MANCHESTER CAMERATA CREATES PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MANCHESTER-BASED COMPOSERS Manchester Camerata is once again creating opportunities for student composers based in Manchester to hear their works performed by the orchestra, one of the UK 's leading chamber orchestras. Thanks to Manchester Camerata's Manchester Composers' Project three young musicians - one each…

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Job Vacancy:Marketing Assistant
Tue 5th Jan 2010

Manchester Camerata seeks an ambitious and proactive Marketing Assistant to work closely with and support the Marketing Manager.  The Marketing Assistant will contribute to the rising profile of one of the UK’s leading arts organisations. Creativity and energy are the hallmarks of Camerata’s work and reflect the spirit of its…

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Manchester Camerata CD picks
Tue 15th Dec 2009

Fans of Manchester Camerata can now view and buy from a selection of classical music CDs using the new Amazon tool located in the Recordings section of our website at www.manchestercamerata.co.uk/recordings. The Camerata team have picked 10 CDs which we think you will enjoy, ranging from pieces performed by…

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Manchester Camerata Live

Camerata Live: concerts for schools
Tue 15th Dec 2009

The Camerata Live event at The Bridgewater Hall on 27 January 2010 is now sold out. But fear not; there are more opportunities for your school to experience the Manchester Camerata experience live in 2010. Camerata Live is a brand new project aimed at schools and colleges in our residency…

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ABC/Manchester Camerata Review - Sheffield
Tue 8th Dec 2009

Published Date: 07 December 2009By Mike Russell THERE was no sign of the gold lame suit, but plenty of gold-plated hits as Martin Fry brought ABC back to Sheffield for a very special show on Saturday. This was no run of the mill retread of past glories…

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Beethoven 1 & 3 CD Reviews
Mon 7th Dec 2009

Our latest CD, a live recording of Beethoven's Symphonies No1 & No 3, is attracting rave reviews in the media. Classic FM Magazine has selected the disc as one of its 2009 'Christmas Picks'. It describes it as 'One for Dad' and has this to say: "You can never have too much…

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Review: The Creation, Sheffield
Fri 4th Dec 2009

PAUL Brough worked hard and looked drained at the end of Haydn's oratorio. Whether in the final analysis his conducting secured an uplifting performance will depend on individual response. The enthusiastic applause at the end suggested it had made its mark, his striving for a Classical (ie, 'period') sound with…

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Bill Bailey/Manchester Camerata Review
Wed 2nd Dec 2009

Taking in the sublime and the ridiculous, Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra is a glorious achievement. by Dominic Cavendish

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Lesley Garrett and Manchester Camerata
Tue 1st Dec 2009

  Bridgewater Hall November 28, 2009LESLEY GARRETT is a phenomenon. There’s no one else who delivers a solo concert with something of the music hall and the opera house all in one. …

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Camerata Proms video now online
Tue 1st Dec 2009

Our video of Manchester Camerata rehearsing for its 2009 appearance at the BBC Proms is now available to view online. Visit www.manchestercamerata.co.uk/interact. It was recorded at St Aidan's Church in Didsbury, South Manchester, on Friday 17th July 2009 and features a one to one with Music…

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Elements
Sun 29th Nov 2009

Manchester Camerata Chester School PartnershipThe Elements was a term long, inspirational project that placed at its heart the building of relationships and collaboration between two Chester Schools - Dorin Park (a SEN Specialist College) and Upton Heath CE Primary School. Working…

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REVIEW: Lesley Garrett and Camerata
Sat 28th Nov 2009

Robert Beale reviews Manchester Camerata's concert with Lesley Garrett at The Birdgewater Hall on November 28 2010.   LESLEY Garrett is a phenomenon. There's no one else who delivers a solo concert with something of the…

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Beethoven 1&3 Daily Post review
Thu 26th Nov 2009

From up the canal comes Manchester Camerata under Douglas Boyd continuing their Beethoven cycle. Symphonies Nos 1 and 3 the Eroica are given finely disciplined performances in excellent sound, recorded at the Bridgewater Hall and released on the Avie label. It is remarkable how this Orchestra has come up in…

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MIF - Festival Highlights 2009 Film
Thu 26th Nov 2009

Our friends at Manchester International Festival have put together a brilliant little film showcasing the highlights of the 2009 festival, from Elbow and the Halle to De La Soul, Kraftwerk, It Felt Like A Kiss, Procession and, of course, Antony and the Johnsons with Manchester Camerata. Here it is...

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Bill Bailey Live Review
Tue 24th Nov 2009

Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To The Orchestra (with Manchester Camerata)Bridgewater HallNovember 16, 2009 YOU can just imagine the morning Bailey woke up from a beautiful dream in which he'd performed his playful musical parodies…

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‘Sonic’ Posters at Oxford Road Station
Fri 20th Nov 2009

‘Sonic’ posters use music to publicise Manchester Camerata’s New Year concerts at The Bridgewater Hall. Travellers passing through Manchester’s Oxford Road train station over the next couple of weeks will be wooed by…

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Striking a Chord in Cumbria
Fri 20th Nov 2009

CUMBRIA'S young musicians are being invited to join a new season of ensemble activities. Events begin with the first Cumbria Youth Orchestra weekend workshop this Saturday and Sunday at Ullswater Community College, Penrith from 10.30am to 4.30pm. The workshop focus will develop brass, percussion and woodwind players through the exploration…

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Camerata Return to Crewe
Fri 20th Nov 2009

They will be presenting a classic combination of popular works by Mozart and Haydn including the witty Farewell Symphony, which was Haydn's musical hint to his employer that his musicians should be allowed to go home after a long summer residency. This concert also features two energetic works by Bartók…

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Camerata Sonic Posters

'Sonic Posters' in the news
Fri 20th Nov 2009

We are receiving lots of media coverage for our Sonic Poster campaign at Manchester Oxford Road station.On the How-Do website: www.how-do.co.uk/north-west-media-news/north-west-marketing-services/cbs-outdoor-uses-sonic-posters-for-manchester-camerata-200911196855/ In Music Week Magazine: www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=1039214 Excerpt: Manchester Camerata's chief executive, Bob Riley says, "We are delighted that our partners at The Bridgewater Hall - always…

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DIRECTOR - Alistair Cox
Mon 16th Nov 2009

Manchester Camerata has a strong team of directors who play a crucial role in guiding the business of the orchestra at a particularly challenging time. They oversee the development of policy, strategy and operations - underpinning the orchestras sense of purpose and direction. They work…

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Songbook of the Earth Online
Mon 16th Nov 2009

Songbook of the Earth is an excting project that Manchester Camerata and the Bridgewater Hall Community Education Trust are delivering over the 2009/10 season. Inspired by Mahler's Das Lied von…

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Manchester Camerata's live recording of Beethoven Symphonies No 1 & No 3

"A remarkable, collectable disc"
Mon 16th Nov 2009

One might question why a catalogue heaving with recordings of the Beethoven symphonies needs another set from a regional, part-time chamber orchestra, but Douglas Boyd has already demonstrated remarkable…

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Why has Bill Bailey written a guide to the orchestra?
Mon 16th Nov 2009

Bill Bailey’s Guide to the Orchestra is an attempt to harmonise genial fun with serious musicology Television does strange things to some people, but not to Bill Bailey. In person, he looks and sounds exactly as he does on the telly. We've grown accustomed to his face, and so, it…

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Takács Quartet - London review
Sun 15th Nov 2009

  Those impressed by lacquered, manicured string playing may not go for the Takács Quartet. For these are the wild beasts of the quartet world — four musicians…

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Vintage 1977 Camerata Audio Clip
Fri 13th Nov 2009

You can now hear a 30 second clip of a Manchester Camerata recording of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik dating from 1977, with the legendary Szymon Goldberg at the helm. Goldberg, one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, was conductor of Manchester Camerata from 1977 to 1980. Were you there?…

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Classical Commuters
Fri 13th Nov 2009

Manchester Camerata and CBS Outdoor bring music to Oxford Road Station   Over the next two weeks music from Manchester Camerata will be entertaining travellers at…

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The Legends Project
Thu 12th Nov 2009

Throughout September 2009, Manchester Camerata, composer Eve Harrison and Little Star Media worked with a group of strudents from Egerton Park Community Arts College in Denton, to create film and music inspired by the theme of Legends. Drawing on their own ideas and elements of film composer William Alwyn's piece,…

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Rachael Clegg

School Runs and Sonatas
Tue 10th Nov 2009

Manchester Camerata's Principal Oboist Rachael Clegg was featured in a profile in the 17th October 2009 edition of the Lancashire Telegraph. Below is a short excerpt. Click on the link to read the full story. Rachael Clegg has just got home from the school run when I call for our…

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DIRECTOR - Helen Palmer
Mon 9th Nov 2009

Manchester Camerata has a strong team of directors who play a crucial role in guiding the business of the orchestra at a particularly challenging time.  They oversee the development of policy, strategy and operations - underpinning the orchestras sense of purpose and direction. They work closely…

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DIRECTOR - John Sullivan
Mon 9th Nov 2009

Manchester Camerata has a strong team of directors who play a crucial role in guiding the business of the orchestra at a particularly challenging time.  They oversee the development of policy, strategy and operations - underpinning the orchestras sense of purpose and direction. They work closely…

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DIRECTOR - Simon Webb
Mon 9th Nov 2009

Manchester Camerata has a strong team of directors who play a crucial role in guiding the business of the orchestra at a particularly challenging time.  They oversee the development of policy, strategy and operations - underpinning the orchestras sense of purpose and direction. They work closely…

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DIRECTOR - Nigel Hirst
Mon 9th Nov 2009

Manchester Camerata has a strong team of directors who play a crucial role in guiding the business of the orchestra at a particularly challenging time.  They oversee the development of policy, strategy and operations - underpinning the orchestras sense of purpose and direction. They work closely…

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DIRECTOR - Nigel M Taylor
Mon 9th Nov 2009

Manchester Camerata has a strong team of directors who play a crucial role in guiding the business of the orchestra at a particularly challenging time.  They oversee the development of policy, strategy and operations - underpinning the orchestras sense of purpose and direction. They work closely…

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DIRECTOR - Malcolm Hurrell
Mon 9th Nov 2009

Manchester Camerata has a strong team of directors who play a crucial role in guiding the business of the orchestra at a particularly challenging time.  They oversee the development of policy, strategy and operations - underpinning the orchestras sense of purpose and direction. They work closely…

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DIRECTOR - Geoffrey Shindler
Mon 9th Nov 2009

Manchester Camerata has a strong team of directors who play a crucial role in guiding the business of the orchestra at a particularly challenging time.  They oversee the development of policy, strategy and operations - underpinning the orchestras sense of purpose and direction.  They work closely…

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Musician Vacancies at Manchester Camerata
Thu 5th Nov 2009

Manchester Camerata has vacancies for Principal Flute, No.4 Viola, Violin Members, as well as extra work for Violas and Cellos.For more information and instructions on how to apply visit www.manchestercamerata.co.uk/about-us/vacancies  

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Green Piece - Camerata's Virtual Venice Link
Fri 30th Oct 2009

Manchester Camerata performed to a European Audience on 2 October without even leaving the UK.   The orchestra linked up with an Italian ensemble to create a joint performance relayed to a climate change conference in Venice. Using Manchester's high-speed broadband network, Manchester Camerata and the Venetian ensemble Ex…

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Beethoven in a new light
Tue 27th Oct 2009

Beethoven the way it was meant to be heard Manchester Camerata Beethoven Symphonies No 1 & No 3 (Avie)«««

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Floating Worlds film - view now
Fri 23rd Oct 2009

We have just added our brilliant film of our 2008/09 Floating Worlds project to the Learn and Discover section of our website. You can view it now by clicking here. We are very grateful to Will Robinson from Sunspot Video Production for putting this together for us.…

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ROH announces young composer competition
Fri 23rd Oct 2009

Young composers will have the chance to hear their work played in one of Britain's most prestigious classical music venues, thanks to a fanfare competition launched by The Royal Opera House (ROH) and NUMU, an online resource for students to showcase music. Winners will have their 30-second composition recorded by…

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Manchester Camerata's live recording of Beethoven Symphonies No 1 & No 3

New Camerata CD on sale now!
Fri 23rd Oct 2009

Manchester Camerata, under conductor Douglas Boyd, is proud to announce the latest in our critically acclaimed Beethoven cycle -  a vivid live recording of Beethoven's First and Third Symphonies. Manchester Camerata has made an indelible mark with our universally acclaimed series of recordings for Avie. With this release, our fifth for the label, we continue…

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Venice Webcast - Green Piece Photos
Thu 22nd Oct 2009

Manchester Digital Development Agency have put a gallery of their brilliant photos from our Green Piece Manchester/Venice live web link up. You can see the gallery here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mdda/sets/72157622500870948/ Here's some of the pictures.

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Godley School project on Channel M
Tue 20th Oct 2009

Manchester Camerata's Learning and Partnership Team recently took part in a creative residency at Godley School in Tameside. Working with composer Richard Barnard and two Manchester Camerata musicians, the children developed Candlelas and the Witch's Cave - their own response to Manuel De Falla's dramatic ballet suite El…

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9 October Concert Review / The Independent
Mon 19th Oct 2009

Manchester Camerata, The Bridgewater Hall, Friday 9 October 2009 Manchester Camerata's ongoing cycle of Beethoven symphonies with Douglas Boyd has been a revelation, fusing the sharp articulation of historically informed performance with richness of expression and warmth of legato. Last Friday's performance of the Eighth, preceded by William Alwyn's…

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9 October Concert Review / CityLife
Tue 13th Oct 2009

"...a considerable achievement and one of the best things Boyd has ever done..." Halle / Manchester Camerata   THE three-in-a-row schedule at the Bridgewater Hall last week inevitably had its effect on attendance. Manchester Camerata, sandwiched on Friday between the Hallé the…

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Why Orchestras Matter / The Guardian
Wed 7th Oct 2009

Wielding The Baton As both chief executive and artistic director of the London Philharmonic, Tim Walker holds a unique management position in this country. However it is his role as chair of the Association of British Orchestras that he is keen to highlight and the role it plays in…

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BBC World Service Podcast
Tue 6th Oct 2009

                                                                                 BBC World Service Digital Planet podcast - 'Musicians Meet in Cyberspace'Chamber orchestras in Italy and the UK have come together in a unique experiment, to perform together…

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Chester Lullabies on Woman's Hour
Mon 5th Oct 2009

Manchester Camerata project 'Chester Lullabies' was featured on Radio 4's Woman's Hour on Friday 2nd October. To listen again follow this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/listenagain/2009_39_fri.shtml Chester Lullabies was part of Making Music Matter in Chester, a year-long programme of work supported by the Bank of America Charitable…

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MEN Article - orchestras in sync
Fri 2nd Oct 2009

MANCHESTER CAMERATA can't afford to miss a beat when they play a unique synchronised performance with a band in Venice tomorrow. The acclaimed orchestra, based at the Royal Northern College of Music, will be playing live at Manchester University while Venetian ensemble Ex Novo perform in Venice at…

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New Beethoven 1 & 3 CD - Preview
Thu 24th Sep 2009

System Records ReviewManchester Camerata under conductor Douglas Boyd offer the latest in their critically acclaimed Beethoven cycle, a vivid live recording of the First and Third Symphonies. Manchester Camerata have made an indelible mark with their universally acclaimed series of recordings for Avie. With this release, their fifth…

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25% Off Food at Felicini
Mon 14th Sep 2009

Manchester Camerata will perform 'Legends' live at The Bridgewater Hall on Friday 9 October.If you are looking for food before or after the concert, Camerata concert ticketholders can get a 25% discount off food at Felicini…

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Camerata Cocktails at Cornerhouse 2-4-1
Mon 14th Sep 2009

Manchester Camerata and Cornerhouse come together to offer you a unique evening of music, food and cocktails.Manchester Camerata will perform 'Legends' live at The Bridgewater Hall on Friday 9th October.  To complement…

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Camerata in Europe - virtually
Thu 3rd Sep 2009

Manchester Camerata will perform in Europe on Friday 2nd October...without leaving Manchester. The orchestra will play a collaborative concert of new music using the power of Manchester's high-speed broadband network. A live synchronised performance by Manchester Camerata and the Venetian ensemble Ex Novo will be relayed to the Venice World…

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Music and why we love it
Wed 2nd Sep 2009

Hearts and mindsGuy Dammann A new collaboration between scientists and the Nash Ensemble hopes to shed light on how our brains respond to music, and why we love it. Birds whistle, man alone sings, and one cannot hear either a song or an instrumental piece without immediately…

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Graffiti or Art? The public decides
Tue 1st Sep 2009

Given our interest in graffiti and street art this season, we thought our readers might be interested in what's going on in Bristol... Bristol public given right to decide whether graffiti is art or eyesore For some it is simply an eyesore, but for others graffiti has as much worth…

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In praise of Dame Fanny Waterman
Tue 1st Sep 2009

Guardian EditorialTuesday 1 September 2009 At the age of 89, you might think that Dame Fanny Waterman would have decided to ease off. But, like Dame Vera Lynn, who this week became the oldest person to have an album…

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Haydn - Heads Will Roll
Tue 1st Sep 2009

Rick Jones joins composers from around the world to celebrate Haydn’s legacy – and see his two skulls Because the town of Eisenstadt in Austria was home to the composer Franz Joseph Haydn for most of his life, it has become the focus of some attention in this, the…

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BBC Prom 6, Share Your Reviews
Tue 4th Aug 2009

After Bernard Haitink earlier in the evening and the breath-taking end to Mahler's 9th, Douglas Boyd and the Manchester Camerata had a hard act to follow. A measure of their success was that they achieved the rare feat of making a contemporary work more gripping than that of an earlier…

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BBC Proms Review, The Independent
Tue 28th Jul 2009

Manchester Camerata at the Proms reviewed in The Independent"Little more than a week after the first blast of Stravinsky's Fireworks (Prom 1), the BBC Proms is part of everyday life. I've cooked to The Creation (Prom 2), ironed to Partenope (Prom 3), cleaned to the Eton Choirbook (PCM1)…

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Pageant of power success at Cholmondeley castle
Fri 24th Jul 2009

Pageant of power success at Cholmondeley castle. Thrill-seekers braved the wet weather to see the best historic racing cars go at breathtaking speeds at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power last weekend.Around 35,000 people attended the event over the weekend.This year’s Buggatti theme went down a storm…

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BBC Proms Review, The Guardian
Wed 22nd Jul 2009

Manchester Camerata's appearance at the Proms reviewed in The Guardian"In the first of Monday's two Proms, Bernard Haitink led the London Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Ninth Symphony. It is often viewed as one of the composer's "farewells" to life, stricken as he was with heart disease, marital and…

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BBC Proms Review, The Times
Wed 22nd Jul 2009

Manchester Camerata's appearance at The BBC Proms reviewed in The Times"Bernard Haitink, 80 and evidently frail, was roared on and off the Albert Hall podium by a capacity crowd on Monday. Quite right too. He and the London Symphony Orchestra produced a performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony that…

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Manchester Camerata launches new website with Nonconform, Text and UKFast
Wed 8th Jul 2009

Manchester Camerata, the Bridgewater Hall's resident chamber orchestra, has launched a new website through a trio of North West based design and digital agencies.Nonconform: in tune with classicalThe new site has been designed by graffiti merchants Nonconform, built by Text and hosted by new 'web partner' UKFast.

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Antony & the Johnsons Review, Culture Catch
Wed 8th Jul 2009

The foyer of Manchester's elderly and ornate Opera House is awash with a sense of polite anticipation. Its audience for this evening's performance is as eclectic a gathering as the event they have arrived for. If you didn't know, it would be hard to guess what unites, albeit briefly, this…

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Antony and the Johnsons Review, Manchester Confidential
Wed 8th Jul 2009

Helen Clifton enters the weird and wonderful world of this androgynous act “ANTONY, you’re gorgeous!” screamed a clearly overwrought female audience member. “OK”, he purred, gathering his white robes and smiling mysteriously to himself.Antony and the Johnsons aren’t crowd pleasers. Their other worldliness is the key to their charm.

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Antony and the Johnsons Review, BBC
Wed 8th Jul 2009

Antony and the Johnsons' performance with the Manchester Camerata at the Manchester International Festival was an 11 out of ten, according to reviewer Risa Hall.The Chichester-born, New York-based musician performed new arrangements of his award-winning songs with the 36 piece Camerata, backed by a spectacular light show at…

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Antony and the Johnsons to team up with the Manchester Camerata
Wed 8th Jul 2009

One of the key themes of this year’s Manchester International Festival appears to be combining the talents of contemporary musicians with leading orchestral performers. Not to be outshone by Elbow announcing that they will be performing alongside the Hallé, Antony and the Johnsons will be combining forces with the Manchester…

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Antony And The Johnsons Review, Manchizzle
Tue 7th Jul 2009

Hearing Antony Hegarty sing is like listening to God speaking right in your ear. If I were a religious person, I would appreciate The Almighty even more for putting this voice in the body of a 300-pound transvestite who uses it to sing songs about being beaten up by lovers…

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Antony And The Johnsons 4* Review, Review
Tue 7th Jul 2009

Progressive rock bands need lighting effects. Antony Hegarty, the possessor of as extraordinary a voice as any of the audience at the first of his Manchester International Festival dates is ever likely to hear, does not. The ingenious lighting by Paul Normandie and Chris Levine that encase the singer…

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Antony and the Johnsons, Manchester International Festival
Tue 7th Jul 2009

This is how Antony from Antony and the Johnsons comes back to his country of birth; at the Manchester International Festival, collaborating with the Manchester Camerata orchestra as well as world recognised lighting and set artists. Staged in Manchester’s own gold gilded Opera House, the collaboration is a mix of…

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Ingestre Composition Weekend
Thu 2nd Jul 2009

Ingestre Composition Weekend "I thought I was a rock guitarist. I'm not. I'm a musician."  Connor Y9, following the composition weekend As part of the DCSF-funded Staffordshire Music Partnership project, Manchester Camerata musicians, composer Alasdair Nicolson and assistant composer Eve Harrison spent an…

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Manchester Cameata at the BBC Proms
Wed 1st Jul 2009

MANCHESTER CAMERATA AT THE BBC PROMS, JULY 2009 Manchester Camerata in rehearsal at St Aidan's Church in Didsbury, Manchester, on 17th July 2009. The orchestra performed at the Royal Albert Hall on…

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Fantastico
Wed 1st Jul 2009

Fantastico!As a part of the 2009 Chester Summer Music Festival Year 6 children from Upton Westlea Primary School in Chester worked with featured festival composer, Graham Fitkin and Manchester Camerata musicians to create their own new piece of music called Fantastico! during a three day residency, taking their…

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Unusual premier at Chester Summer Music Festival
Wed 24th Jun 2009

AMONG the diverse programme of events that form the Chester Summer Music Festival is a very unusual premier – the first public performance of a piece composed by pupils at Weston Primary School.Artist in residence Graham Fitkin has been working with a class at a local primary school…

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Co-op's attempts to drive Cove teens away with classical music backfires
Wed 17th Jun 2009

  “Gie’s some more Liszt!” “Hey mister, gonnae play us a bit of Bach?” Unlikely as it may seem, managers of a food store in Aberdeen have seen their plan to drive away groups of young people with soothing classical music backfire on them.Usually, the Co-op’s proven…

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Jennifer Pike signs for Chandos
Mon 15th Jun 2009

Most record companies are responding to the recession by cutting releases and artist rosters but Chandos has just signed exclusive contracts with six performers, one of which is Stockport-born Manchester Camerata collaborator Jennifer Pike. Ralph Couzens, Chandos' Managing Director, said he was eager to secure the label's long-term future by…

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Manchester Camerata on Twitter
Wed 10th Jun 2009

Twitter is a free online social networking and micro-blogging service that enables users’ to send and read other users' updates, known as tweets. Whenever we’ve got any forthcoming performances or events, new features on our website, last minute schedule changes, or news…

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Muso Life: Camerata Making Waves
Tue 9th Jun 2009

AN UNUSUAL COLLABORATION BETWEEN MANCHESTER CAMERATA AND A LIVERPOOL-BASED GRAFFITI ARTIST IS MAKING WAVES IN THE NORTH WEST’S CLASSICAL AND ARTISTIC COMMUNITIES. Sophie Backhouse, a young artist working with creative consultancy agency NonConform, has created a number of designs for the Camerata's new programme. Taking the chamber orchestra's name for…

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REVIEW: Haydn City Life
Tue 9th Jun 2009

Robert Beale in Citylife reviews Manchster Camerata's Haydn collaboration with the BBC Phil   OFFERED the prospect of hearing 11 Haydn symphonies one after the other, as a way of celebrating the great man's…

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City Life review Season Brochure artwork
Tue 9th Jun 2009

GRAFFITI and classical music go together like gherkins in a banana sandwich i.e. not at all. They're no cheese and pickle, put it that way.Renowned chamber orchestra Manchester Camerata plan to challenge our preconceptions with a new brochure for their 09/10 season designed by graffiti artist Sophie Backhouse.

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Haydn: Worthy of a great reception
Tue 9th Jun 2009

Wildly applauded along London streets in his day, Haydn gets his second wind The cross-network Haydn season starts in earnest this month on Radio 3, marking the 200th anniversary of the composer's death with orchestral performances live from Paris, Oxford and Vienna. On Radio 4, a couple of teaser Haydn…

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Designer’s graffiti symphony for chamber orchestra
Fri 5th Jun 2009

GRAFFITI may not normally be associated with classical music - but a Liverpool artist has crossed cultural boundaries by creating new graffiti designs for a chamber orchestra's brochure. Sophie Backhouse, part of Liverpool-based design firm Nonconform, created a series of images for the Manchester Camerata brochure based on the themes…

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Bridgewater Hall Review, The Times
Wed 3rd Jun 2009

Outside his big oratorios, Haydn’s fate in most concert menus is to serve as the starter or palate cleanser, not the main course. That wasn’t the case last weekend, the 200th anniversary of his death, though you still had to travel outside London’s major venues to find a British orchestra…

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Orchestras beyond the concert hall
Tue 2nd Jun 2009

A new briefing paper from the Association of British Orchestras unveils the extent of orchestras' work outside traditional performance venues. Beyond the Concert Hall says that British orchestras are reaching towns and villages all over the country and playing in venues from airports, race courses and libraries through village halls…

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How-Do / Manchester Camerata opts for graffiti in Nonconform approach
Mon 1st Jun 2009

Chamber orchestra Manchester Camerata is breaking with convention for its new season brochure, opting for graffiti images to showcase works such as Handel’s Belshazzar, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1.The new approach has been delivered courtesy of budding graffiti artist Sophie Backhouse, part of…

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Manchester Camerata Goes International
Thu 21st May 2009

We are delighted to announce that Manchester Camerata will be peforming with the Mercury Prize winning Antony and the Johnsons for two dates in July as part of the 2009 Manchester International Festival. The concerts at the Manchester Opera House will see the genuinely unique and internationally celebrated singer-songwriter Antony…

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New name for Friends Orchestra
Thu 21st May 2009

From the start of the 2009/10 season, Manchester Camerata's Friends Orchestra will be known as Camerata Cameo Orchestra. We chose the name because it sums up the spirit of the orchestra's participants - passionate and talented musicians who would not feature in a starring role in…

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Exchanges - 2009/10 Season
Thu 21st May 2009

In May 2009, Manchester Camerata will launch its 2009/10 concert season. Our theme is Exchanges, be they musical, cultural or ideological. In some concerts the exchange between composers follows the traditional route - Beethoven influencing the music of Brahms, or…

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Nicholas Maw (1935-2009)
Tue 19th May 2009

The British composer Nicholas Maw has died in Washington on the morning of 19th May. Born in 1935 in Grantham, Maw first came to attention in 1962 with Scenes and Arias, a lush setting of an early 14th-century love poem he composed in 1962 for two sopranos and mezzo-soprano. First…

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Mckerras Wins at Classical Brits
Fri 15th May 2009

In a ceremony dominated by artists from the major record labels, it was Sir Charles Mackerras's much-lauded recording of Mozart Symphonies Nos 38-41 on independent label Linn that won over the critics at the Classical Brit awards last night. Sir Charles, who accepted the award in person, reiterated his comment…

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THE WRITING ON THE WALL
Fri 15th May 2009

Manchester Camerata’s 2009/10 Season centres around the theme of Exchanges, be they musical, cultural or ideological. This theme informs every aspect of our work; both on stage, in concerts, and off stage, in our Learning and Participation work.The Writing on the…

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FLOATING WORLDS
Fri 15th May 2009

Manchester Camerata’s Floating Worlds project, in collaboration with the Royal Exchange Theatre and supported by Youth Music, ran weekly throughout the Autumn term 2008. It provided a rare opportunity for young people aged 10-13 with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome to take part in…

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CHESTER FESTIVALS EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP
Fri 15th May 2009

Manchester Camerata are delighted to confirm that we will continue to bring inspiring music-based creative learning projects to Chester and the North West throughout 2009/10 thanks to the generous support of The Bank of America Charitable Foundation.Delivered as part of the Chester Festivals Education Partnership, this year’s main…

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Rattle - Berlin Phil Until 2018
Fri 15th May 2009

Sir Simon Rattle will stay on at the Berlin Philharmonic until 2018, it was confirmed at a press conference this week to unveil the orchestra's 2009-10 season. Though the contract will not be officially signed until September, the orchestra management, musicians and Rattle himself have all now agreed on the…

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Elder At Halle To 2015
Wed 13th May 2009

Mark Elder signs on for another five years at Hallé Sir Mark Elder Sir Mark Elder has announced the renewal of his contract as music director of the Hallé Orchestra for a further five years, taking his tenure through to 2015, writes Robert Beale. The move means he will be…

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RPS Awards Announced
Wed 13th May 2009

The Royal Philharmonic Society awards were announced last night at a star-studded evening at London's Grosvenor Hotel. Billed as the UK's live classical music awards, the RPS honoured composers, artists, opera companies and authors for their work in promoting classical music in Britain. Among those who received awards, presented to…

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Manchester Composers' Project
Tue 12th May 2009

Throughout the 09/10 season, Manchester Camerata - both onstage and offstage - will be exploring cultural exchanges, diverse musical influences, and the boundaries that frequently exist between different cultures. Many of the works performed will be strongly influenced by a particular locality, region or culture, with echoes of tango, klezmer,…

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Camerata's Mancunian Beethoven
Mon 11th May 2009

In 2008, Manchester Camerata embarked on a project to make live recordings of Beethoven's symphonic cycle, planned to be released over a total of five discs. The first of these - a critically acclaimed recording of Symphonies 4 & 7 - was released last year.…

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Camerata Return to Cholmondeley
Mon 11th May 2009

Manchester Camerata will be performing at the annual Fireworks Concert at Cholmondeley Castle on Saturday 18 July, bringing the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power – a weekend of motorsport, air displays and powerboat racing – to…

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Camerata at the 2009 BBC Proms
Thu 23rd Apr 2009

Manchester Camerata will be performing at the BBC Proms on Monday 20 July, 9.30pm. The orchestra, conducted by Douglas Boyd, will perform Haydn's 'The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross' and Macmillan's 'Seven Last Words from the Cross'.

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REVIEW: Piano 2009
Tue 3rd Mar 2009

Robert Beale reviews Manchester Camerata's contribution to Piano 2009 in CityLifeThe piano festival at the Bridgewater Hall began with two programmes that could hardly have been more widely contrasted.First, artistic director Barry Douglas delivered the two Brahms concertos in a single programmeIt was a…

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REVIEW: New Year with Camerata
Mon 12th Jan 2009

CityLife's Robert Beale reviews Manchester Camerata's contribution to New Year's celebrationsManchester's orchestras provided bags of seasonal cheer yet again this holiday.I sampled three offerings - the Halle's carol concert with James Burton, the second of its nights with Carl Davis at the helm, and the Camerata's…

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RECORDING: Beethoven 2 & 5
Thu 1st Jan 2009

The first recording in Manchester Camerata's exciting plan to record all the Beethoven Symphonies under the baton of its former music director, Douglas Boyd.  

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RECORDING: Beethoven 4 & 7
Thu 1st Jan 2009

The second in Manchester Camerata's ambitious scheme to record the entire Beethoven Symphony Cycle under the baton of former Music Director, Douglas Boyd.  

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RECORDING: Beethoven 1 & 3
Thu 1st Jan 2009

The third in Manchester Camerata's ambitious series to record the entire Beethoven Symphony Cycle under the baton of it's former Music Director Douglas Boyd.      

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To Carthage - Kids' Purcell Inspiration
Thu 1st Jan 2009

Chorlton Kids turn to Purcell's Dido and Aeneas for inspirationDuring December 2008 and January 2009, 25 pupils from Chorlton High School worked with composer Richard Barnard, dramatist Anna Jewitt, Camerata musicians and vocal students from RNCM to develop a prequel to Dido and Aeneas. …

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Camerata - Gramophone Editor's Choice
Mon 15th Dec 2008

Gutsy, powerful, vivid - this Mancunian Beethoven is something quite special Thirty years ago, "chamber orchestra" Beethoven was considered to be a mildly interesting eccentricity; nowadays it is practically de rigueur. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe blazed the trail. Douglas Boyd was its principal oboe for many years, though more…

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Elements Project
Sun 2nd Nov 2008

Manchester Camerata, Drake Music and Ludus Dance present "The Elements" - a performance piece created by young people from Dorin Park School and Upton Heath School in Chester, to be performed at Bridgewater Hall on Saturday 29th November 2008, 6.30pm.The performance begins with Chaos then explores Earth, Water, Fire…

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Jabberwocky!
Sun 2nd Nov 2008

As part of the 2008 Chester Literature Festival, Manchester Camerata developed an exciting project for 10 primary schools in Chester that looked at the relationship and similarities between music and literature, including elements of the Key Stage 2 literacy and music curricula. Taking Lewis…

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Floating Worlds Project
Wed 1st Oct 2008

Kids explore Autism and Asperger's Symdrome in Camerata Project This exciting project, a collaboration between Manchester Camerata and the Royal Exchange Theatre, ran weekly throughout the Autumn term '08, and provided an out-of-the-ordinary opportunity for young people aged 10-13 with High Functioning…

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Blacon Early Years
Tue 2nd Sep 2008

Camerata musicians in Early Years Project Throughout autumn 2008 Camerata musicians Naomi Atherton and Rachael Clegg had a weekly residency at Blacon Community Trust, Chester. The project focused on using song and music, often via traditional rhymes, singing games and lullabies, to help…

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