Central England Camerata comprises leading freelance musicians who perform regularly with orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and English Symphony Orchestra. The Camerata has two main functions – to accompany choral societies in performances of great choral works and to stage its own events for charitable causes. Since its inception in 2013, the orchestra has performed to sell-out audiences, raising considerable amounts of money for Oxfam, Christian Aid and The Spinal Injuries Association. Events have included Come and Sing Messiah in 2013 and 2016, Arias for a Summer Evening in 2014, Baroque from Scratch in 2015, Andrew Downes : A Portrait in 2016 and Come and Sing Mozart Requiem in May 2017. The orchestra has also taken The Ballad of St Kenelm, a cantata by Andrew Downes, on tour, giving performances at various UK music festivals to critical acclaim.


Central England Camerata was founded by its leader, violinist Anna Downes. Anna freelances with English Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Welsh Sinfonia among many others. She is also an active recitalist, performing as part of the Amabile Trio with pianist Duncan Honeybourne and cellist Joanne Jefferis, and as violinist in the Himley Duo with pianist Tony Bridgewater. Anna is also Director of Music at Old Swinford Hospital in Stourbridge.


Central England Camerata has accompanied Stratford upon Avon Choral Society, Stratford Chamber Choir, Viva Musica, Brierley Hill Choral Society, Hereford Chamber Choir and Derby Choral Union


In 2017, the Camerata gave series of film music concerts at Moseley 'Lord of the Rings' Festival and a Gala Proms Concert at the Treetops Pavillion at West Midlands Safari Park in Bewdley.


For information about all events including ordering tickets please email ardviolinist@gmail.com or call 07967 728588.

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Photography by Jenni Bradbury