Musica da Camera

© Peter Hislop, Canberra


Musica da Camera usually presents three programs of string music per year.  Generally, each program is presented twice, with a concert in Canberra and a concert in a nearby regional community. We also prepare some programs for special events.

Musica da Camera

Canberra's Premiere String Orchestra

Musica da Camera plays music from the string orchesta repertoire, from Baroque to Contemporary, sometimes with soloists. The orchestra engages a different conductor for each program, providing diversity of style and content.

Future Concerts

6 April 2024

"Son et Lumiere"

A program to be directed by Chris Latham with soloist Christina Wilson.

2:30pm at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture in Barton.

14/15 Sep 2024

A program directed by Shilong Ye. Concerts in Canberra (Cook) and Gunning.

2/3 Nov 2024

A program directed by Lauren Davis

April 2025

A program of Baroque works directed by John Ma

"Afternoon of baroque to defy expectations"

So wrote Len Power about our 4 November concert  (in

"In Musica Da Camera String Orchestra’s latest concert, musical director John Ma promised a program that would defy expectations.

“ 'An Afternoon of Baroque' was full of musical surprises from the baroque era with works by several unfamiliar composers as well as some works with unusual elements by well-known composers such as Telemann and De Mondonville.

"The program commenced with “Suite No.1 in C major” “Le Journal du Printemps” by Johann KF Fischer, a German baroque composer whose music was strongly influenced by the French Baroque style. The suite was in six parts, with the first part, the grand-sounding overture, played confidently and well by the orchestra, led by John Ma on violin. The third part, “Air des Combattans”, was highly dramatic and colourful and the final chaconne was also nicely played.

"Another relatively unknown composer, Englishman William Boyce, was next with his “Symphony No. 2 in A major”. This was a nicely distinctive work with the second part, vivace, especially well-played by the orchestra. ...."

You can read the whole review <here>