The brothers of Quarr Abbey are inviting people to join them for an hour of cool reflection while listening to the calming ethereal tones of Camerata Chamber Choir.
The stunning acoustic of the abbey church will perfectly complement the programme of sacred choral and organ works next Saturday, July 8, at 3pm.
The organ has recently been refurbished and is admired by organists around the country.
Entrance is free with a retiring collection for the work and upkeep of the abbey.

 Camerata Perform Faure's Requiem With A Difference

The award winning Island Camerata Chamber choir have spent the last few months preparing for a hugely successful series of concerts in Lithuania - the home country of their musical director and conductor, Jurgita Leistrumaite. Their next venture will be no less ambitious if a little closer to home.

In recent years there has been a certain purifying of many pieces of classical music - with an unearthing of new undiscovered works and composers, together with the release of fresh, more minimal versions of some of the most famous works, in editions where later modifications have been removed and the piece restored to the composer’s original score. A case in point is Gabriel Faure's Requiem. The version we are used to hearing was infact a late modification by the composer, tweaked to fit the grandiose and dramatic setting of its’ first performance at the Paris Exhibition in 1900. The composer’s original vision was much more intimate and  atmospheric, written for chamber choir , violin, double bass, organ and harp, with Faure choosing to emphasize the peaceful aspects of death rather than capitalising on the more obvious opportunities for musical terror, which were seized wholeheartedly by his contemporaries, most notably Berlioz and Verdi.

This early chamber ensemble version was never published, and until recently had not been performed since the composer's death and Camerata are looking forward to providing a unique performance for their audience, of familiar music woven with economy of means into an ethereal and intimate experience.

Joined by Island musicians, Iain Alexander (Baritone), Alison Mosedale (Double Bass), Helen Foster (Violin) , the choir’s own Esther Harvey (Soprano) and Dr Victor Lawrence (Organ) together with talented young Southampton harpist Bethan Lloyd Thomas, Camerata Chamber Choir will be performing Faure’s Requiem, together with a selection of  choral works by Romantic composers at Christ Church, Totland on Saturday 28th May at 7pm.

 Isle of Wight premiere of The Peacemakers

The Peacemakers, the latest choral work composed by Karl Jenkins, offers inspiration and solace for a time in need of both. Using peace as the theme, the work combines the words of greatest peacemakers throughout history, including Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa among others, alongside some highly distinctive and original instrumentation which gives a hint to their culture.
Camerata is delighted to be joined by artists the choir performed the work with when conducted by Karl Jenkins himself: Andy Findon (ethnic flute), Zands Duggan (hand percussionist), Laurence Cottle (fretless bass). Choir and guest musicians will be supported by an orchestra of other select musicians yet to be announced and local players from the IWSO.
Camerata will join vocal forces with the children of Priory School Choir and Soprano soloist Kirsten Victoria Barker.

‘Music has the capacity to breathe harmony into the soul. The Peacemakers breathes the harmony of peace.’ Terry Waite CBE


Performing at Royal Albert Hall 

On Sunday 28 April 2013, Camerata  performed at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Benedictus Choir, an invitation ensemble of members of two other singing groups.

Roughly 100-strong, the choir performed The Armed Man and Requiem by the world’s most performed living composer Karl Jenkins with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Dr Jenkins himself.


 Camerata to perform at Royal Albert Hall

Camerata Chamber Choir joined with Grayshott’s Excelsis Choir to perform Karl Jenkins’ The Peacemakers on Saturday 22nd September 2012. This was the first performance worldwide post the premiere tour (which some of Camerata Chamber Choir were involved in; singing both on the studio album recording and the world premiere live performance at Carnegie Hall New York). The choirs, accompanied by the Marylebone Camerata, were fortunate to be conducted by Karl Jenkins himself, who is a patron of Grayshott Concerts.

The choir really enjoyed the collaborative working with Excelsis and look forward to join them again in April 2013 to perform Jenkins’ The Armed Man and Requiem. This time the accompanying orchestra and the venue will be rather grander: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Albert Hall, again to be conducted by the composer. 


An evening with Patrick Hawes

The choir were hugely honoured and delighted to host the outstanding composer Patrick Hawes in a concert of his own music on 12 May in St.John's Church, Newport. Mr Hawes conducted the choir in a varied programme including Quanta Qualia and the song cycle Song of Songs. The choir was joined by a small ensemble of excellent musicians including the international harpist Lucy Haslar, and Mr Hawes enthralled with anecdotes relating to his compositions. The audience clearly enjoyed the evening, giving a standing ovation at the end.



Isle of Wight Musical Competition/ Festival 

In March 2012 the choir participated at the IOW Music Competition and are very pleased to receive the highest score 'Outstanding' and a trophy for the second year running. The choir were also awarded the cup for the highest score choir in the competition!





The recording of the forthcoming Karl Jenkins' album, The Peacemakers

Following on from the Choir's successful Easter performance of Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater, representatives from the choir returned from Abbey Road Studios in London where they performed on the studio recording of the forthcoming Karl Jenkins album, The Peacemakers.

The choir joined by several choirs from around the country to perform two pieces of music from the new choral work. The event, conducted by Dr Karl Jenkins, CBE, himself and organised by the Really Big Chorus took place on Saturday 18th June at the same recording studio as once used by music legends such as the Beatles.

The members of the choir also were  extremely fortunate to have a private audience with Karl Jenkins after the recording where they spoke of the recent performance of  the highly acclaimed composer’s work Stabat Mater.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was a tremendous experience for the choir and the members are looking forward to performing The Peacemakers to an Isle of Wight audience in the near future.



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