Fulham Camerata aspires to be a distinctive and excellent chamber choir. With relatively few voices to each part, everyone has a key role in a genuinely collaborative experience.
We explore a varied repertoire, spanning over 500 years of composition, ranging from the Medieval and Renaissance periods to the present day. Renowned and popular works, both great and small by Vivaldi, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Dvorak, Faure, Vaughan-Williams - to name but a few - are interwoven with eclectic discoveries such as Finnish composer Jaako Mantyjarvi’s setting of lines from Macbeth, or lesser known Renaissance jewels. We will tackle 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. 21 st century composers figure in our repertoire - Cecilia McDowall, Howard Goodall, Eric Whitacre and Alexander Campkin – some of whom attend our performances.
For performances we frequently feature professional soloists, occasionally with a chamber orchestral accompaniment. The main choir is bolstered by a handful of choral scholars, who also assist their sections during regular rehearsals.
This list of previous concerts gives a taste of the music we sing:
Brahms Requiem sung in English
The Language of Flowers. A choral exploration of nature's symbolic beauty
Glories of Baroque, incl Handel's Zadok the Priest and Vivaldi's Gloria
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols and other festive favourites
Monteverdi Vespers of 1610
Songs and Madrigals Through Time
Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Lulla Lulla Thou Tiny Little Child
Rutter's Requiem, Purcell's Verse Anthems
"A Sprig of Thyme": Rutter, MacMillan, Mealor, Vautor, Charles Wood, Rowarth, Seb Johnson
Howard Goodall's Invictus at Barnes Music Festival, Vierne’s Messe Solennelle
Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, Elgar, Durufle, Rachmaninoff and a Rowarth world premiere
Handel's Messiah with orchestra, by candlelight at St Paul's, Hammersmith
Victoria’s Officium Defunctorum Requiem 1605, Tippett's Negro Spirituals
Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Rowarth's Life Cycle
Mozart's Requiem, Ešenvalds’ Passion and Resurrection with orchestra
"Georgian London": Handel and Purcell with Barnes Baroque at Barnes Music Festival
"Dawn till Dusk": a beautiful collection performed a cappella
Totally Thames Festival
Durufle's Requiem, Faure's Requiem with orchestra
Eternal Light Requiem at Barnes Music Festival opening night
Brandenburg Choral Festival at St Paul's, Covent Garden
"My Spirit Sings"
The Pilgrim’s Progress, Valiant for Truth
Summer is a-Coming In
"Songs for My Mother": a concert for Mother’s Day
How Can we Keep from Singing?
Staves and Stripes: A Thanksgiving Celebration
Carols by Candlelight with Fulham Children’s Choir
"Songs of Britain": including the world premiere of Alexander Campkin’s The Man Cub
"Freedom is Coming!" with West London Free School
"I Was Glad": Music for the Diamond Jubilee
Bruckner, Schuetz, Campkin with Fulham Symphony Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square