Saturday saw the start of the new Manchester Camerata season of concerts.
Kicking off with a belting rendition of the Barber of Seville Overture really got the audience in the mood. The charismatic Craig Ogden then took to the stage and wowed us with his Spanish guitar skills, with a cheeky bit of Beatles to finish off.
After the break the Camerata treated us to another first. 10 members of the audience were invited to watch the second half seated alongside the orchestra for Beethoven 6th Symphony. Tomas Maunier, Marketing Director of Fazenda Rodizo Bar and Grill in Manchester talks about the experience on YouTube:
Great start to the season, and the orchestra got to do it all again the next evening in Crewe!
Next up is the Up Close session at the Band on the Wall with trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth on Tue 6th October at 7:30pm.
You can get tickets for this and other Camerata events here.
See you there.
Trust IV are proud to support Manchester Camerata and their research into autism and dementia:
For the past five years, Camerata have been working with The Royal Exchange Theatre to deliver Songlines, a special opportunity for young people aged 10-14 with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and their non-autistic peers to explore their creative side and develop skills in music, drama and teamwork. The work uniquely brings together young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition and their non-autistic peers and involves careful planning and groundwork to ensure the two groups are quick to assimilate. Research shows improved self-confidence, teamwork and parent/child relationships and that close friendships have developed between the two groups, with children socialising outside the sessions.
Manchester Camerata practitioners have been working alongside qualified Music Therapists since 2012 to deliver pioneering group music therapy sessions for people living with dementia and their carers. A growing base of academic research shows that the projects improve quality of life and reduce the use of medication. Camerata musicians uniquely work as co-facilitators alongside music therapists, using improvisation and creativity to enable self-expression and reveal the person behind the dementia. A research-led project, this pioneering approach is continually generating ideas for further projects into dementia with little research, such as Young Onset Dementia.