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Skipton Building Society Camerata gains worldwide audience with release of CD
11:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
Skipton Building Society Camerata has released its first commercial CD.
It features the orchestra performing Durufle’s Requiem with Leeds Cathedral Choir and has been released by Brilliant Classics, a major worldwide record label.
It is already attracting attention across the world, including the Far East, North America and Europe.
Artistic director Ben Crick, who earlier this year secured a 12-month music fellowship with the BBC, said: “It’s amazing to think that in far-flung places people are looking at the CD, wondering who we are, where we are and googling Skipton to find out.
“Hopefully this CD will help spread the word not only about the Camerata, but also about Skipton itself.” For the Camerata, the CD release is a further step towards the orchestra’s goal to bring their brand of classical music to as wide an audience as possible.
It has already launched a programme of string quartets at the Narrowboat pub in Skipton.
“The CD is a real milestone for us – with the record label’s global reach we can be heard by an audience we have no chance of playing to live at the moment. It’s doubly pleasing that this has come just before the Camerata celebrates its 10th anniversary next year.”
Mr Crick, who lives in Steeton, added that Durufle’s Requiem was an incredibly introvert and personal work that shunned the grandiose statements of earlier requiems.
“This recording captures those qualities by using small forces in the orchestra and choir to their fullest degree to create an intimate and reflective performance,” he said.
The Camerata’s next concert will feature another piece from their requiem repertoire.
It will take place at Christ Church, Skipton, on Saturday, November 9, when the orchestra will be joined by Leeds-based Ecclesia Choir for Faure’s Requiem.
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