London College of Music

London College of Music Camerata

About us

A vibrant, fifty-piece orchestra, Camerata is one of the leading instrumental ensembles at LCM, directed and coordinated by, organist, composer and Senior Lecturer, Simon Rigby. The orchestra is supported by an excellent student committee which provides our students with a real-world experience of working in a busy, enthusiastic, and ambitious orchestra.
 
The orchestra's repertoire ranges from Baroque masterpieces to challenging contemporary works by London-based composers.
 
The orchestra enjoys weekly tutti rehearsal with, conductor, Simon Rigby, and further sectional rehearsals with distinguished orchestral musicians, including Chistine Hankin (Lead Tutor of Wind) and Dermot Crehan (Lead Tutor of Strings). The orchestral players have also benefited 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.
 
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', and the annual Graduate Summer Showcase (see from 44 mins). The orchestra has also given performances at prestigious venues, such as St Olave's Church (Tower) and the Barge-House (Oxo Tower).
 
Camerata provides essential support for LCM student performers, most particularly through the performance of student-soloist concerti. It also supports LCM student-composers, rehearsing and performing the winning piece of the LCM's annual orchestral composition competition and orchestration competition.
 
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.

Join in

Camerata meets for rehearsals at St Mary's Church (St Mary's Road, Ealing, W5 5RH) most Monday afternoons during the academic term, from 1pm to 4pm. The ensemble is composed mainly of current students, but warmly welcomes players from the local community. For further details, please contact Simon Rigby at simon.rigby@uwl.ac.uk, or complete the online 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.