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After 40 years of performing around the globe, Manchester Camerata is acknowledged as one of the UK's leading chamber orchestras. With a reputation for bringing audiences first-class performances that are bursting with vitality, Camerata is truly a product of its creative environment - a twenty first century orchestra in one of the most exciting cities in the world.
The orchestra performs to 70,000 people each year and is based in Manchester, presenting an annual series at The Bridgewater Hall, where they are the chamber orchestra in residence, as well as at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). The orchestra tours throughout the North West region and beyond, and enjoys flourishing residencies in Ulverston, Stafford and Colne.
The orchestra's name is inspired by a 16th century group called the Florentine Camerata who met to share ideas and discuss the arts. It is this spirit of friendship that inspires Camerata's widely praised approach to programming as well as their fresh and imaginative interpretations of a diverse range of chamber orchestra repertoire.
In 2011, the orchestra appointed the great Hungarian musician Gábor Takács-Nagy, as Music Director, a post he took up in September of that year. Nicholas Kraemer, the renowned Baroque expert, has been Permanent Guest Conductor for over 30 years. The extraordinary violinist Gordan Nikolitch, Leader of London Symphony Orchestra, has been Camerata's Principal Guest Director since 2006. Venezuelan/Italian violinist and rising star Giovanni Guzzo was appointed as Leader in July 2010.
To find out more about all of Manchester Camerata's forthcoming concerts visit www.manchestercamerata.co.uk