A selection of music performed by some of the Cathedral Lay Clerks and otherÂ Cathedral musicians.
Andrew Hayman, a current Tenor Lay Clerk in Winchester Cathedral Choir, has launched a new unique choral group focusing on renaissance and baroque masterpieces but bringing a modern twist to their performance.
Swithun Camerata, named after Winchester Cathedralâ€™s most famous patron saint and underlining the groupâ€™s local significance, will perform an intimate and exclusive concert on 15 June at St Lawrence Church in Winchester city centre. Handpicked professional singers, including some of the Cathedralâ€™s lay clerks, will work alongside some of Winchesterâ€™s most renowned amateur names and plan to deliver a programme of concerts throughout the second half of 2017 and beyond.
Andrewâ€™s aim is to bring together some of Winchesterâ€™s best singing talent and deliver an audience experience like no other. â€śThe mix of modern and historic pieces, challenging in their composition but using techniques that are similar and representative of their era, is not often brought together by one choral group,â€ť he said.
The chamber choirâ€™s first concert will focus on renaissance and baroque masterpieces from composers such as Bach, De Monte and Philips, interspersed with additions from 20th-Century English composers including Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Stanford and Walton.
The formation of Swithun Camerata celebrates the wealth of talent in Winchesterâ€™s choral scene. Andrewâ€™s hope is that this concert will be the first step in building a portfolio of music celebrating the complementary mix of music from different eras, and of professional and amateur choral music at its best.
The concert will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 15 June 2017 at St Lawrence Church, 18-19 The Square, Winchester. All proceeds from this concert will go to Winchester Cathedralâ€™s Music Department, recognising the impact the department has had on choral music in the city.
All proceeds will go to The Cathedral Music Department.