Harry Castle was appointed as Musical Director in June 2018; Ralph Allwood remains as our Patron. Alexander Campkin continues his association with us as Emeritus Composer, and Ben Rowarth has been our Composer in Residence from January 2015. Read more about them elsewhere on our website.
Founding and early years
Fulham Camerata was formed in September 2007 by Hermione Ruck Keene (Choir Manager) and Christopher Wray (Music Director) as a result of their commitment to the development of singing, both amateur and professional, in the local community. The first concert given by the choir included works by the sixteenth-century Orlande de Lassus, the twentieth-century Benjamin Britten and the twenty first-century young british composer Alexander Campkin, a selection of composers which exemplifies the vision which Chris and Hermione had in setting up Fulham Camerata.
The Camerata developed and grew from a small group of barely ten people to a choir of thirty-plus amateur singers. In an important development, Ralph Allwood and Alexander Campkin became formally associated with Fulham Camerata, as Patron and Composer-in-Residence respectively. Ralph is an eminent choral director, who brings a wonderfully positive belief in the capabilities of amateur singers. Alex composes challenging works for choirs, often involving a degree of improvisation for each singer.
In the summer of 2014, Christopher and Hermione decided to leave the choir as they pursued their musical careers.
Fortunately for the Camerata, Hannah Parry-Ridout– associated with the choir since its inception as accompanist, organist and assistant director – agreed to be our interim Music Director for Autumn 2014, leading us in three successful concerts and ensuring the continuity of the choir.
Between 2015 and 2018, Fuham Camerata was very lucky to have the dynamic young conductor James Day at the helm. With James, the choir performed in the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London and became a regular performance of the prestigious Barnes Music Festival. The choir continued the tradition of the Fulham Palace carol service and performed the charity carol concert annually in support of Paul’s Cancer Support Centre.