Central England Camerata, founded by freelance violinist Anna Downes in 2013, is a professional chamber orchestra which gives performances of popular classics to sell-out audiences, raising substantial amounts of money for local charities.

Central England Camerata is made up of professional musicians who freelance in orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra and Welsh National Opera

CEC regularly accompanies choral societies in the Midlands and has appeared at music festivals across the UK, touring with Andrew Downes' Ballad of St Kenelm. In August 2017 CEC performed a series of film music concerts at Moseley Lord of the Rings Festival.

In 2020/21, CEC made several professional recordings of the music of Andrew Downes; Festival Overture to St Cere, Toccata for Small Orchestra, Symphony no 6, and the Christmas Cantata. In 2022, the orchestra will record Downes' brand new Violin Concerto with soloist Rupert Marshall-Luck.






Photography by Jenni Bradbury