Manchester Camerata return to Manchester Cathedral with Gabor Tackacs-Nagy and the virtuoso accordion player Martynas Levickis.Celebrated RSC actor David Fielder started proceedings by his haunting narration of the prose-poem Company by Samuel Beckett preceding each of the 4 movements of Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 2 arranged for the full Camerata string section.
Manchester Camerata welcomed back Tine Think Helseth, the renowned Norwegian trumpet player, to the Band on the Wall for the first of this years’ Upclose events.Where to start! Well Tine started with the backing of her piano player and 5 members of the Camerata string section who, dressed in appropriately more casual attire than their usual concert black, launched into a series of 7 Romanian folk dances, followed by Weill’s Youkali.
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.
Wednesday was the launch of Manchester Camerata’s business network, Camerata Connect. An innovative idea that combines likeminded businesses with world class musicians, the Camerata Connect vision was unveiled at UKFasts wonderful head office.
Manchester Camerata is acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras and ‘has a reputation for bringing audiences first-class performances that are bursting with vitality’. We can back this claim up after watching them last weekend in ‘Love and Death’.Held at the Manchester Cathedral, we had an extremely enjoyable time listening to pieces from Mahler, Mozart and Schubert. The feeling of energy of the arrangements was accentuated by the 'bobbing' of the heads of the violins.