London College of Music

London College of Music Camerata

A vibrant, fifty-piece orchestra, Camerata is one of the leading instrumental ensembles at LCM, directed and co-ordinated by, organist, composer and Senior Lecturer, Simon Rigby.

The orchestra is supported by an excellent student committee, including Anna Hofmann and Caera D'Arcy (Librarians), and Daniel Smith and Lewis Ogles (Stage Managers). The posts in Committee provide our students with a real-world experience of working with a busy, enthusiastic, and ambitious orchestra.

The orchestra's repertoire ranges from Baroque masterpieces to challenging contemporary works by London-based composers. Recent performances have included Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D Major (Hob. 1/104), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (op. 67), Mahler’s 'Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen', Stefan Galt’s Tower, Bach’s D-Minor Keyboard Concerto (B.W.V. 1052), and Mozart's Symphony No 41 ('Jupiter') and Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major (K. 488).

The orchestra enjoys weekly tutti rehearsal with, conductor, Simon Rigby, and further sectional rehearsals with distinguished orchestral musicians, including Chistine Hankin (Lead Tutor of Woodwind), Dermot Crehan (Lead Tutor of Strings), and Tony Cross (Lead Tutor of Brass).

The orchestral players also benefit from workshops and 'side-by-side' rehearsals with prestigious professional ensembles such as the English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble, and the Band of the Coldstream Guards. Recent collaborative concerts with the Band of the Coldstream Guards, conducted by Major Darren Wolfendale and Major Simon Haw, have enabled our players to work with some of this country's finest instrumentalists and conductors. (Repertoire has included Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' and Lambert's 'The Rio Grande' with, Senior Lecturer and concert pianist, Dr Emilie Capulet as soloist. The latter piece also involved LCM's very own Chorus, under the expert direction of, Chorus-Master, Paul Ayres.)

In addition to it's regular full-concerts, Camerata is also an important contributor to University-wide projects, such as last year's 'Shakespeare 400' (featuring postgraduate soloists in Finzi's beautiful songs from 'Let us garlands bring'), and the annual University Graduate Summer Showcase (spot-lighting third-year and postgraduate talent through the performance of concerti and their compositions). The orchestra has also given performances at prestigious performance/arts venues, such as St Olave's Church (Tower) and the Barge-House (Oxo Tower). Indeed, in 2015, the orchestra was conducted by, composer and LCM Senior Lecturer, Peter Rudnick, in a UK premiere of Zubillaga's 'Ongilash', at the internationally acclaimed Sluice Festival, receiving rave reviews.

Camerata provides essential support performers, most particularly through the performance of student-soloist concerti. A recent winner of the LCM Concerto Competition was, MMus Performance graduate, Sulhee Kim, who performed Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No 2 with the orchestra. (To enjoy a superb recording of the event, please visit YouTube at c. 44 mins.) Camerata has also enjoyed working with, LCM postgraduate, Yongzhi Cui in a performance of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto (K.622), and David Wong (clarinettist from the Band of the Coldstream Guards) in a performance of Finzi's Clarinet Concerto (op. 31).

Camerata supports LCM student-composers, rehearsing and performing the winning piece of the LCM's annual Orchestral Composition Competition and Orchestration Competition (the latter, inextrciably linked to the BMus module, Advanced Orchestration, also led by Simon Rigby). Distinguished winners have included Alessandro Sotgi (with his sumptuous, and highly romantic score, 'Now, as then'), Katarina Kostrevc (with her exciting and energetic piece, 'Tunisian Crochet'), and Emelye Taylor (with her up-lifting orchestration of Bach's setting of 'Nun danket alle Gott', from Cantata No 79).

With all this musical activity, the orchestra provides a salient resource for our Music Technology students, who regularly record our rehearsals and concerts, thereby gaining academic credit for their on-going project work. In addition, Camerata has long-supported LCM students in completing their conducting diplomas, most recently, MMus Composition student, Gavin Fernandes, in his LLCM. (To enjoy a superb recording of Gavin Fernandes, please visit YouTube at c. 1 min, 15 secs.) This year, we are delighted to be supporting more student conductors (Bernard McGeever, Oleta Haffner, Harry Somers, Arran Johnson, et al) as they complete the prestigious LCMDip, ALCM, and LLCM Diplomas in Conducting.

Join in...

Camerata meets for rehearsals at St Mary's Church (St Mary's Road, Ealing, W5 5RH) most Tuesday afternoons during the academic term, from 1pm to 4pm. The ensemble is composed mainly of current students here at the LCM, but also warmly welcomes players from the local community. This helps to place both the orchestra and the College at the heart of the local community. For further details, please contact Simon Rigby at simon.rigby@uwl.ac.uk, or complete the online 'Join In' form.

LCM Live...

For further details of the excellent concerts, workshops and master-classes that take place at the London College of Music, please visit LCM Live.