The Christ Church Camerata was founded in 2009 when Peter Guy, the Music Director of Newcastle’s Christ Church Cathedral, invited a number of Newcastle string players to give a concert series at the Cathedral. Now in its tenth year, the orchestra has been praised for the beauty of its sound and its imaginative programming.
Under its Artistic Director, David Banney, the orchestra has worked with outstanding soloists including Roger Woodward (piano), William Barton and Perry Fuller (didgeridoo), Susan Collins and Tor Fromyhr (violin), Christopher Allan (baritone), Sally Walker and Eckart Altenmüller (flute), Peter Guy (organ), and Anthony Albrecht (cello) and has collaborated with the Acacia Quartet and Scottish duo Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt.
The Camerata has worked with guest conductors Geza Szilvay and Johannes Fritszch, and has premiered works of Colin Spiers, Paul Groh and David Banney. The Camerata has made two CDs – Serenade for Strings, and Tigers and Teapots, and has been broadcast on Classic FM (including a live broadcast for Sunday Live) and 2MBS Fine Music. Apart from its regular subscription series at Christ Church Cathedral, the orchestra has a close relationship with the Newcastle Art Gallery, and is the resident orchestra of the Newcastle Music Festival.