MEMBERSHIP

Updated 19 October 2021

Message for Members

Judy Hunter offers her thanks to everybody for the card, most beautiful flowers and very generous tokens, presented at the Orchestra’s 25th anniversary concert on 16th October 2021 in recognition of her founding in the orchestra, and all the hard work and support she has offered since.  She’s looking forward to all sorts of gastronomic treats when she moves to her new home.

Volunteers Needed – Members and Non-Members

What could YOU do to support Chiltern Camerata?   We have a pressing need for all our orchestra members to contribute, even in a small way, to ensure that the orchestra can continue to flourish. 

In particular we are looking for volunteers who might like to take on, or share a part of, the responsibilities relating to:

  • Box Office
  • Front of House  (we would particularly welcome family member volunteers for this)
  • Premises bookings
  • Librarian for 2021-22 season: September onwards
  • Fixing non-string players
  • Secretary

We can offer full support and guidance for these roles, and in some cases there is the chance to “undertstudy” the existing job-holder for a period.  If you, or those you know, are interested in playing with the orchestra, please contact info@chiltern-camerata.org.uk  or ring 01494 481146.

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 info@chiltern-camerata.org.uk for further information or ring 01494 481146.

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.

Orchestra Administration

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 postponed from October 2020 was held on  Tuesday 23rd February 2021 on Zoom.  You can view the Minutes by clicking here: Chiltern Camerata 2021 AGM minutes final.

The Annual General Meeting for 2021 will be held on Tuesday  12th October at 7.30pm.  Players have been sent a copy of the last AGM minutes (also see above) and latest Financial report.   We aim to keep this element brief, so as to move on to the rehearsal afterwards.

Director of Music : Simon Walton

Simon Walton was appointed in February 2020 as the new Conductor and Musical Director for the Camerata, following the departure of Sam Laughton at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Simon Walton is a multi-talented musician who enjoys a highly successful and varied career as a conductor/director, performer, teacher, and coach. He is perhaps unusual in having appeared as a conductor, singer and flautist on BBC Radio 3. He began conducting at an early age, and was selected to take part in a conducting masterclass with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, with whom he was principal flute. At university, he founded the Manchester University Mozart players and conducted the New Music Ensemble.

As well as the being the Musical Director for the Hampstead Chorus, he is currently the conductor and artistic director of the Amici Orchestra (London). Simon is committed to performing new music and is a founder member and regular conductor of the Vocal Constructivists.
Simon is a senior coach for the Grittleton summer residential adult chamber music courses, covering a wide repertoire from the western canon to contemporary music, specialising in music for mixed ensembles due to his experience as a multi-instrumentalist.

Simon is also active as a singer. He made his operatic debut in the role of Luigi (Il Tabarro) in 1996. Specialising in ‘lyrico spinto’ repertoire, other principal roles have included Turrido (Cavalleria Rusticana), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Macduff (Macbeth), Loge (Das Rheingold), Samson (Samson et Dalilah) and Florestan (Fidelio). He has appeared and recorded with Kent Nagano and the Opéra de Lyon, Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker and the choirs of the London Oratory and Westminster Abbey.

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