There's much fine amateur choral singing in Wales and the members of the Welsh Camerata are proud to be part of that tradition. We are a small choir of around 25 singers and what makes us distinct is that we specialise in the authentic performance of early music - that composed in the eighteenth century and previous centuries (with the occasional, well-informed foray into later periods). In this endeavour, we are fortunate to have as our director Andrew Wilson-Dickson, formerly head of Early Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Performance technique has evolved over the centuries and singing music from earlier periods often requires quite a different approach to the material. Our specialism has led us to discover forgotten masterpieces from an incredibly rich period. Many of our concerts contain pieces quite possibly receiving their first performance in Wales since their composition. We often get the opportunity to perform with early music instrumentalists, including the Welsh Baroque Orchestra. In 2016 we gave the first performance of a realisation by our director Andrew Wilson-Dickson of Bach's lost St Mark Passion to much critical acclaim. The realisation has been published by Canasg.
Andrew Wilson-Dickson is a pianist and organist of considerable repute. He was tutored by John Lill and Nicholas Danby at Cambridge and York Universities. Until recently he was head of Early Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He formerly directed the Brandon Hill Singers in Bristol and currently he directs the Welsh Baroque Orchestra and Devon Baroque. Also a string player, he is a member of the Baroque instrumental ensemble L'Indiscret. He is an accomplished composer and completed a realisation of Bach's St Mark Passion in 2015. He is the author of 'The Story of Christian Music'.
Over the years the Welsh Camerata has amassed a library of scores which are available for hire at reasonable rates to other choirs. Press HERE to view the scores that are currently available.
It might seem strange to match the grimness of our times with music which, on the surface, seems so otherworldly, so completely removed from the present stress and worry. This is nevertheless what Josquin des Préz offers us and it is indeed perhaps what we most need. There are many other reasons why we should celebrate his music; for one thing, Josquin died precisely 500 years ago. For another, we have chosen texts set by him which connect with Advent and Christmas. Chiefly, however, this is music for meditation, for restoration of the soul, for wellness. Its surface may seem austere, but we try to bring out an inner warmth and a variety, which is bound to be the product of a composer who was thought of in his lifetime as the greatest in the western world.
We usually rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm at Canton Uniting Church on the corner of Cowbridge Road East and Theobald Road CF5 1LR.
Location of rehearsal venue
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