Winter term has commenced!
Fulham Camerata started back to rehearsals on January 8 and we have an exciting term ahead of us. Barnes Music Festival has invited us back for another year and we are really looking forward to the interesting format they have in mind for us! Structured as a curated Come & Sing event on Sunday, March 17, during the day the multi-award winning Howard Goodall will explore his new work Invictus: A Passion taking a fresh look at the meaning and modern resonance of the traditional Passion oratorio. One aspect of the Passion story above all others guides the choice of texts in this piece and that is the role and perspective of women, in particular that of Jesus’ close friend Mary Magdalene, and his mother Mary. This is a unique opportunity to explore this new work with the composer himself, in conjunction with members of the Fulham Camerata Choir led by Music Director Harry Castle. The Come & Sing day finishes with a full performance of the work with the Junior Royal Academy Chamber Orchestra.
To give our loyal Fulham fans a chance to see us in our traditional concert format, we will be performing at our home venue of Holy Cross Church in Fulham on Saturday, March 23, featuring Goodall’s Invictus alongside the stunning Messe Solennelle by Louis Vierne, composed in 1899. A stunning short mass, or Missa Brevis, we think that this is an excellent counterpoint to Goodall’s modern work.
Fulham Camerata is primarily a non-auditioning amateur chamber choir, inclusive and musically diverse; it is supported by a smaller, auditioning Fulham Camerata Ensemble which is mainly made up of professional and semi-professional singers, allowing the main Camerata to tackle exciting repertoire and maintain high musical standards. Its members span all age groups, various nationalities and are drawn from diverse professional and ethnic backgrounds. The joy of singing is what binds us together.
The amateur choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 – 9.30pm at Holy Cross Church, Parsons Green which is on the corner of Ashington Road and Bettridge Road, Fulham SW6 (click on the link for a map). In the spirit of fostering the careers of young professionals, we aim to recruit choral scholars to attend rehearsals and boost our choral lines.