Musica da Camera

© Peter Hislop, Canberra


Concert programs 2015 and beyond...

By clicking on the "program" links, you can see the printed programs from earlier concerts with notes on works played and the plerformers

November 2015 Concert

Conductor: Jonathan McFeat

Soloist: Rebecca Carpenter (Flute)

    C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonia No.2

    Pergolesi: Concerto per il Flauto Solo

    Hindemith: Fünf Stücke

    Nielsen: Suite for String Orchestra


Concert Review

Our thanks to Peter Hislop for these photos

August 2015 Concert

Conductor: Michael Sollis

Soloists: Greg Stenning (trumpet), Kiri Sollis and Friends (Flutes)

    George Antheil: Serenade for String Orchestra No.1 (1948)

    Bieber: Sonata tam aris quam aulis servientes IV

    Halim El-Babh: Aria_for_Strings

    Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question

    Eric Ewazen: Trumpet Concerto

PRINTED PROGRAM to be published shortly

Concert Review

May 2015 Concert

Conductor: Leonard Weiss

    F.S. Kelly: Elergy for String Orchestra

    Shostakovich: Chamber Symphonie, Op 110A

    Vivaldi: Concerto in G Major, RV151.

    John Rutter: Suite for Strings.

    Eric Whitacre: October.

    Aaron Copland: Hoe Down from "Rodeo"

    John Williams: Theme from "Schindler's List".


Concert Review

November 2014 Concert

Conductor: Michael Sollis

Soloists: James Huntingford, Kiri Sollis

    J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in d-minor

    Colin Brumby: The Phoenix and the Turtle

    Albert Roussel: Sinfonietta

    J.S. Bach: Concerto in d-minor BWV 1052R

   Goerecki: Harpsichord Concerto.


August 2014 Concert

Musical Director: Gillian Bailey-Graham

    George Friedrich Handel: Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 5

    Edward Elgar: Serenade for String Orchestra in e-minor

    Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion

    Ralph Vaughan Williams: Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra

    Fritz Kreisler: Liebesleid and Liebesfreud.


May 2014 Concert

Conductor: Leonard Weiss

    Tomaso Albinoni: Sonata for String Orchestra

    Joshua Healey: Sanguinary Nyarubuye (World Premiere)

    Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on theme by Thomas Tallis

    Pietro Locatelli: Concerto Grosso No 2 in C minor

    Ottorino Respighi: Berceuse

    Robert Fuchs: Serenade Op 9


Further Concerts being added as we convert to digital archives

Pictures and Programs - 2013-2017

Musica da Camera, August 2014

Musica da Camera Concert, Cook, August 2015

Greg Stenning, trumpet, Cook, August 2015

Jonathan McFeat (Directing) and Rebecca Carpenter (Flute), Cook, Nov 2015

Jonathan McFeat, directing from the keboard, Cook, Nov 2015

Other 2016 Concert programs

By clicking on the "program" links, you can see the printed programs from past concerts with notes on works played and the plerformers

27th, 28th August 2016 Concert Program 2

Conductor, Leonard Weiss

     Parry, C Hubert H: Lady Radnor's Suite for String Orchestra,

     Handel: Concerto Grosso fOp. 6, No. 12.

     Dag Wirren: erenade for Strings

     Graeme Koehne: Divertissement: Trois Piece Bourgeoises

     Janacek: Suite for Strings

PRINTED PROGRAM to be published shortly

Concert review -- see **here**

14th, 15th May 2016 Concert Program 1

Conductor, Rowan Harvey Martin

     Parry, C Hubert H: An English Suite for String Orchestra, 1914

     Bloch, Ernest: Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra & Piano Obligato.

     Respighi, Ottorino: Ancient Airs and Dances (for Lute) Suite III. 1932.

     Skalkottas, Nikos: Five Greek Dances

PRINTED PROGRAM to be published shortly

Concert review and photos-- see Home page

Great Nov Concert, from the 2016 program

With Barbara Jane Gilby leading the orchestra rather than conducting, we performed as a conductor-less orchestra. We're very happy with the result. The crit as published by the Canberra Critics Circle: says it all.

Len Power woite...

Under the direction of violinist, Barbara Jane Gilby, Musica da Camera presented a program in which four of the five items were arrangements or transformations of the composer’s original work.

The first item, ‘Charterhouse Suite For Strings’ by Vaughan Williams was written for piano in 1920 and arranged for strings by musicologist, James Brown.  It’s a characteristic Vaughan-Williams work, rich and melodic, and it was played with great feeling by the orchestra.  The second and fifth movements were especially appealing.

Couperin’s ‘Pieces en Concert’ were composed for harpsichord and were set for cello and strings by Paul Bazelaire.  Cello soloist, Anneliese McGee-Collett, played these beautifully with strong accompaniment from the orchestra.  The nicely reflective ‘Plainte’ and the sprightly ‘Air de Diable’ were particularly well played.

Arranged for strings by violinist, Lazer Gosman, four of Shostakovich’s piano solo ’24 Preludes Op. 34’ proved to be a great showcase for the orchestra and leader, Barbara Jane Gilby.  Constantly unpredictable, these haunting pieces were especially enjoyable.

Respighi’s ‘Pastorale’ of 1908 is described as ‘a free transcription of Tartini Sonata in A’ from the 18th century.  Before commencing, Barbra Jane Gilby explained to the audience the scordatura technique employed for this work.  Literally ‘mistuning’ in Italian, scordatura is a tuning of a stringed instrument different from the normal, standard tuning to allow for special effects or unusual chords or timbre.  The tuning of the lead violin in this way produced an unusual and pleasing depth sound against playing of the rest of the orchestra.

The final work presented, Norman Leyden’s ‘Serenade for String Orchestra’, commenced with a dramatic Prelude and was followed by a strong Fugue, a nicely ethereal Nocturne and a rollicking Cakewalk to finish.  The orchestra’s expert playing of this American work was a great finale to the afternoon’s concert.

2017 Concert November program

A landmark program for Musica da Camera with inspired direction by our guest conductor and truely outstanding viola playing by our solist

4th, 5th Nov 2017 Concert Program 4

Music from Mannheim

Conductor, Christian Renggli

Viola Soloist, Justin Julian

1. Johann Stamitz, Sinfonia in G

2. Johann Stamitz, Sinfonia in E-flat major

3. Carl Philipp Stamitz, Concerto for Viola

4. Franz Xaver Richter, Sinfonie in G major

5. Franz Ignaz Beck, Overturas I

6. Carl Philipp Stamitz, Orchestral quartet Op.4, No. 1 in C major

Thic concert has been released as a CD, and is available on SPOTIFY

November 2017 concert critique.

"Mannheim to the max"

Len Power's Review

" FROM the opening bars of the first item in the Musica da Camera presentation, it was clear that this concert would have a dynamism that would be exciting, dramatic and very enjoyable.


The first work played – the [Stamitz] Sinfonia in G minor – required the orchestra to start at the top of its form. Conductor Christian Renggli ensured that the playing was crisp, accurate and colourful from the dramatic opening, through the nicely reflective second movement and on to the exciting finale.


"Violist Justin Julian joined the orchestra along with additional brass and wind instruments for the Viola Concerto in D major by Carl Stamitz. Often set for auditions for viola players, this work is a great showcase for the instrument and the performer. Justin Julian played with great feeling and precision and the orchestral accompaniment for this melodic and emotional work was excellent.


"Christian Renggli produced an excellent concert with the orchestra, giving the audience a keener appreciation of the works and composers of the influential Mannheim School."

For the whole article on the Citinews website   Click Here