Musica da Camera


© Peter Hislop, Canberra

“The Triumph of Imagination”   26 March 2022

"In an ambitious program, Musica Da Camera – director and violinist Christopher Latham, pianists Edward and Stephanie Neeman and saxophonist Jamie Grech – provided a thought-provoking and moving concert of music written by and for World War II prisoners of war.

[...]     Latham provided the special arrangements for many of these works, creating a unified sense of the horror of POW experiences in the war as well as the triumph of the human spirit in adversity.

The final items, two movements of Messaien’s “Quartet for the End of Time” and Einaudi’s “I Giorni” expressed the need for love and forgiveness and were an emotionally satisfying end to this memorable performance."

Extracts from a review by Len Power. (Full review   "Memorable music from inside the war" )

What We Do!

How better for us to show you what we do than to show you past  concert programs and critiques. This is our Musica da Camera scrapbook, .... enjoy as you scroll down.

Music da Camera is now on SPOTIFY and BANDCAMP.

Our Nov 2017 concert recording has been released as a CD, and is available on SPOTIFY.

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

History in Pictures & Programs - 2022

“Sombre and reflective, but enjoyable and satisfying”

Music for Strings and Harp, Musica da Camera, directed by Lizzy Collier, 18 June 2022.

Some excerpts from the review in

...This was of music for string orchestras written from the 1890s through to the 1920s, all works that are sombre and reflective in different ways.

[...]     “Elegy for String Orchestra (in memoriam Rupert Brooke)” written in 1915 by the Australian/British composer Frederick Septimus Kelly whose work has recently been rediscovered by Chris Latham... This especially worked well with a fine balance of the instruments

[...]      The major work for the concert was 'Serenade for Strings in E flat major, Op.6' by the Czech composer Josef Suk ..... Collier describes this as “meaty dense string work” and she drew a most pleasing performance from the orchestra through the four movements.

[...]     While Musica da Camera doesn’t have the drilled perfection of a fully professional ensemble such as the ACO, it has been an important part of Canberra music making for many years and always provides enjoyable and satisfying concerts. This one was another in that series."

Extracts from a review by Graham McDonald. (Full review   "enjoyable and satisfying" )


"An uplifting serenade to spring"

"With 'Serenading in Spring', Musica Da Camera String Orchestra presented a particularly well-chosen program of works that were uplifting, refreshing, joyful and optimistic.


"It created the perfect mood for this time of year as we leave the dark and cold of winter behind and embrace the glories of spring with, hopefully, the end of the pandemic in sight as well.

"The program featured music by Bartók, Delius, Volkmann, Glazunov and Nielsen. Conductor and musical director Shilong Ye achieved a high standard of disciplined and sensitive playing by the orchestra throughout the concert.

For the full review, click here