Updated 30 September 2019

Thanks to the Orchestra from Sam Laughton, Outgoing Director of Music

“Please would you pass on these very belated but heartfelt thanks for the incredibly generous gifts from the players of the Chiltern Camerata on my departure after wonderful 10 years. I was only delaying so that I could actually spend the extra money on suitable companion gifts, which I have now done: on two recent biographies of Wagner and MacMillan, nicely complementing the scores by those composers, along with the beautifully made baton case.

If anybody wants to see or hear me make use of some of the above, they are more than welcome at Pigotts at about 3.00 pm on Sunday 20 September 2020 where I shall be conducting Acts 1 and 2 of Die Meistersinger with full forces!

Please do convey my very best wishes to the orchestra for the future, and I look forward to hearing of, and hopefully hearing, great things.    Sam”

New Director of Music 

Our last director of music, Sam Laughton conducted us for around 10 years, during which he made a major contribution to the orchestra’s development, not only in terms of our musical skills but also embracing a wide and challenging repertoire. The orchestra is looking to appoint a successor with similar vision and expertise.

The committee has invited two candidates to be guest conductors for concerts in our 2019-20 season.

Player Opportunities

Are you a string player?   There are currently opportunities for  string players to join the Chiltern Camerata.   We are particularly keen to find bassists who are available to play regularly.

If you are interested in playing with the orchestra, please contact our fixer, Louise Daghlian on 07813 885274 or for further information.

We have a core of members and they, plus additional players, are selected on a concert by concert basis.  Although we have no formal auditions for members, players should be able to play to at least Grade 7 level and preferably above – though nobody will be asking to see your certificate!    For obvious reasons, attendance at all rehearsals is a pre-condition for playing at concerts!

We rehearse at Holmer Green Baptist Church on five or six  Tuesdays – either weekly or fortnightly – in the run up to each concert  (see “Rehearsals” tab for more details).   Members pay a termly subscription of £30.

You can view the Society’s Constitution and Rules by clicking here

You can view the Chiltern Camerata Privacy Notice by clicking here

The Annual General Meeting for 2018-19 season was held at 9.30pm towards the end of the orchestra rehearsal on 6th November 2018.

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