Updated 12th June, 2021

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Here is a selection of audience comments about Camerata concerts

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June 6th 2021 – Concert of Mozart and Haydn in 1775

“I actually went to a live performance by ‘The Chiltern Camerata’ playing Haydn and Mozart in St. Michael’s, Amersham, last evening.    It was so good to see/hear live music again.  They are an outstanding chamber orchestra of professional/”amateur” musicians and their performance, and that of the solo violinist in the Mozart, was brilliant.  I’m still on a high!”

November 12th 2016 – Concert to commemorate the life and music of Frederick Kelly
“It was a wonderful evening and very poignant to sit next to a plaque in remembrance of an only son (of Marlow Church) lost in the Battle of the Somme.  We look forward to the next event.”

“Thank you all members of the Chiltern Camerata. It was a really remarkable concert and very moving – carefully thought out and brilliantly brought off.  Congratulations. “

May 15th 2016 – The orchestra’s 20th anniversary Stringfest in association with the Chiltern Music Academy
hank you all for a very enjoyable afternoon at your Stringfest; it was a lovely choice of music and great fun to see and hear the youngsters playing so well.  The RVW Tallis was beautifully performed with perfect tempo (in my opinion), and you should be proud of the great talent on show.  It has spurred us on as family to attend more classical concerts in future.

February 27th 2015 (Haydn Symphony No. 56 and  Mozart ‘Great’ C minor Mass)
I listened to the Haydn from amongst the audience and was particularly impressed by the orchestral balance, the gracefully shaped phrasing, and the lightness and sparkle – not to mention accuracy – of the performance.  I do look forward to the next concert.

May 16th 2015 (Music in the Great War)

  • Terrific concert last night. Such a brilliant choice of works – interesting, rich, playful, thoughtful and contrasting. Ending up with Sospiri was lovely.

November 30th 2013 (Britten and Friends)

  • All four pieces perfectly captured the very different moods and styles.  All of them showed tremendous dynamic range and really were “performed”.  I was surprised to find that you can do the Mahler Adagietto with such a small band – it didn’t sound thin at all.  And I discovered a gem of a Mozart Symphony that I did not know at all.  I cannot understand why that is not more widely played.

March 9th 2013 (St Matthew Passion)

  • Thank you especially for allowing us to join you again for such a wonderful experience.  For many singers, including most of mine, the St Matthew Passion is at the pinnacle of all music, let alone choral music, and its scale means you only get to sing it a few times in your life.  To be able to perform it with such a wonderful orchestra and for it to be such a rare performance in the area where I have lived a large part of my life has, albeit exhausting, been especially wonderful and ranks among my top musical experiences of my life.
  •  I thought it was an absolutely fantastic concert. I was blown away by the quality of the soloists and wind players
  • It was a brilliant evening and the music was outstanding. Many congratulations and thank you
  • Many thanks indeed for a superb evening last night; we enjoyed the St Matthew Passion enormously and you must pass thanks to all your colleagues who took part. It is a special piece of music for me and your performance lived up to all expectations. It was marvellous, thank you.

March 17th, 2012

  • Orchestral sound was fabulous
  • The soprano arpeggio (RVW) – WOW!
  • Superb evening – thank you!
  • Excellent
  • Always a joy to come to your concerts

November 26, 2011
We were invited by [a friend] who is on your mailing list, to your concert at the Free Church in Amersham 26 November 2011.  We found a couple of numbers unusual but the standard of performance was fantastic.  We look forward to more of the same in Marlow.

We both enjoyed the evening very much, the programme was a good mix, and Shaker Loops was quite
incredible; the audience was spellbound.  Well done everyone!

Shaker Loops: I really enjoyed that piece and would like to hear it again.  Lots of hard work, and it only really has meaning if you have an appreciative audience.

April 6, 2011

Bene’t Coldstream (Evangelist, St. John Passion) writes:
“I had the best time.  The choir and band were first class ….

“What genuinely nice people too.  Had a good chat with some of them at the break, and they all seem so passionate about music and this concert. There was no sense of “just another gig” which you do get with some make-shift orchestras.  It is, of course, what divides the talented amateurs from the professionals sometimes.  Long live amateur music making.”

Dear Players and Singers of Chiltern Camerata & Camerata Consort,

We feel compelled to email you after last night’s beautiful and polished performance of St John Passion. We (our party of four) were completely ‘blown away’ by the whole experience. First class, wonderful – and many, many thanks to you all!


Feel like the cat that got all the cream!

Fabulous concert!

Lovely sound from all players and singers!  It was a real joy!


May 22nd, 2010
Dear Camerata.   The concert last night was quite superb. Being a Bach addict I revelled in the Brandenburg and the Magnificat, but thought the Bruckner motets utterly sublime and exquisite examples of  ‘a capella’ singing.   Many thanks, Darrell and Jo Hamley.

March 27th 2010

Just to say how much we enjoyed the concert on Saturday and to see children playing in the orchestra.  A varied and very interesting programme.

We are not too keen on modern works but it’s good to have them.  They may grow on us!  Just watching Sam conduct is entertaining anyway, and it’s good when he explains all about each piece.

Can’t wait for the next concert.


November 29th 2009

Rain and storm outside, Handel and Haydn inside.  I was in another world!

This was my first time (Amersham Free Church, 29th November) and although a music lover and listener, I’m not that knowledgeable.  Sam Laughton saw to this with his lively biographical, musical and social observations on the composers.

I was highly impressed by the passion of the players, their skill and what looked like their enjoyment too.  Good variety of pieces new to me and a tremendously tight sound.

Truly a worthwhile evening.

May 23rd, 2009

I enjoyed the Camerata concert – it was a really ambitious programme but it worked!

“My first experience of the Chiltern Camerata on Saturday at west Wycombe was extremely enjoyable…….. Thank you for a most entertaining programme”

Just wanted to say how much I appreciate you having Sam Laughton as your conductor.  He has that great ability of bringing  the audience and musicians together and thus makes a deeper enjoyment of the evening …………  I thought the overall sound was very good.  Saturday was a most enjoyable evening and thank you very much.”

“A delightful concert: the Finzi was marvellous.  The [conductor’s] commentary enhanced our enjoyment”

November 29th 2008.
“John Ireland Concertino – one of the best [Camerata] performances yet – very exciting!”

“Beautiful music, expressively and sensitively played – most enjoyable!

March 8th, 2008.

“Very enjoyable, very professional”

“A wonderful programme – Camerata’s best so far”

“Really excellent, wide range of dynamics and the spirit of the different pieces came across……”

“A wonderful sound – passionate conductor – particularly loved the Arvo Pärt. All of it good.”

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