Fulham Camerata aspires to be a distinctive amateur choir.
- We are a chamber choir. With relatively few voices to each part, everyone can hear themselves, hear those alongside them, and feel part of a genuinely collaborative enterprise;
- Fulham Camerata does not ask would-be members to audition; rather, we welcome and support new members. Over the years, we have found that ‘self-selection’ works – and people feel confident enough to stretch themselves;
- We explore varied repertoire. Back in time to John Wilbye, Vivaldi, J S Bach and Handel; tackling challenging pieces (Britten’s Hymn to Saint Cecilia for example) and more approachable works (such as Copland’s settings of Simple Gifts and At the River); performing bang up-to-date composers (including works by Cecilia McDowall, Howard Goodall, Eric Whitacre and Alexander Campkin); not being afraid to programme virtually unknown pieces, such as the Finnish composer Jaako Mantyjarvi’s setting of lines from Macbeth;
- We work with professional singers, who form an ensemble and sometimes coach sections of the main choir; soloists, typically in the early stages of their careers; and chamber orchestras, giving young musicians valuable experience of delivering high quality performances under time pressure.