Forthcoming Concerts

CONCERT on SUNDAY 21st MAY Camerata & Mayfields May 17 (1)

Mayfield Singers
Orkney Camerata

A concert of English and French music

Finzi Magnificat
Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine
Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor
Milhaud La Cheminée du Roi René, for wind quintet

plus music by Elgar, Grainger, Rameau, Poulenc and Saint-Saëns

Sunday 21st May

Admission £10; children free

Camerata performs Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

Soloist: Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne violin


Sunday 12th March 2017, St Magnus Cathedral, 7.30pm

The main work in our March concert is Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity of working with Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne in rehearsing and performing this iconic work for violin and string orchestra.

Born in Poland, Rafal studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal Northern College of Music and subsequently in Vienna. A former winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, he has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras throughout Europe and the UK and at many of the world’s leading concert venues. In demand as an orchestral leader, he has led major orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and is leader of the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra.

The concert programme will also include Airs for the Seasons by the 18th century Scottish composer James Oswald and Telemann’s delightful Don Quixote suite.

Soloist Rafal Zambrzycki-PayneAdmission, at the door, is £10; schoolchildren free.

We hope to see you on 12th March!














An Orkney Celebration of the music of
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

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Sunday, 18th September, 7.45pm

Orkney Camerata will join a host of local and visiting performers in a concert celebrating Max’s huge contribution to the cultural life of Orkney and the wider musical world. The programme includes music written over a period of 40 years for local choirs, schools, instrumental groups and drama productions and as gifts for friends. Camerata will perform Start Point and join young string players from Sanday School for Wendy’s Wedding Music. Other local performers will include the Winter Choir, KGS String Ensemble, Papdale pupils, Mayfield Singers, Nø Boys and Kirkwall City Pipe Band.

Distinguished oboist Nicholas Daniel and virtuoso violinist Fenella Humphreys will perform music which Max composed especially for them and composers Sally Beamish, Steve King and Alasdair Nicolson will contribute new pieces in memory of Max.

Thanks to the support of Orkney Islands Council this is a free, ticketed event.
Tickets from Pier Arts Centre, Stromness or Kirkness & Gorie, Kirkwall and online at

Retiring collection for Help Musicians UK

 Orkney Camerata at the 2016 St Magnus Festival

This year Camarata are delighted to be performing a late night concert in St Magnus Cathedral on Sunday 19th June.

Details from the festival website:

Elizabeth Sullivan Artistic Director

Sulkhan Tsintsadze Miniatures
Sheena Phillips Night Airs *World Premiere*
Komitas Music for Strings
Bartok Romanian Dances
Andra Patterson The world was all before them *World Premiere*
Arvo Pärt Cantus After Benjamin Britten
Maxwell Davies 4 Sanday Tunes

Eastern Europe is represented by the unique musical character of the Armenian composer (and priest) Komitas alongside the folk music-inspired works of the Hungarian composer Bartok and Georgian composer Tsintzadze.

The music of Pärt has become universally recognised but here the Estonian composer pays tribute to Britten in a dark and moving commemoration. Two new works specially created for the 40th anniversary of the Festival complete the programme alongside music very close to home by the Festival’s founder.

Link to buy tickets:

2014 Concerts

Orkney Camerata & Winter Choir

St Magnus Cathedral

14th December 2014, 7.30pm


Martyn Brabbins   Conductor
Paul Rendall   Tenor
Michael Bawtree  Organ

For our annual December concert in St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney Camerata will join with the Winter Choir under the baton of conductor Martyn Brabbins to perform two of Handel’s sparkling Coronation Anthems,  Zadok the Priest and The King Shall Rejpice. Camerata’s artistic director Elizabeth Sullivan and flautist Gemma McGregor will be soloists in Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor for flute and violin, and Camerata strings will play Vaughan Williams’ evocative arrangements of two well-known Welsh hymn tunes.


The second half of the concert will feature the Winter Choir in a single work – Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Solstice of Light, for choir, tenor soloist and organ. Tenor Paul Rendall and organist Michael Bawtree will travel to Orkney to take part in this setting of George Mackay Brown’s poetic history of the islands, and we’re delighted that Max will join us for this performance, which represents one of the final musical events of his 80th birthday year.


Proceeds from the concert will support the Malawi Music Fund. Now in its 8th year, the project provides musical and educational opportunities for some of Malawi’s poorest and most vulnerable orphaned children. Secondary education is not free in Malawi and funds raised will help to cover the costs of school fees, uniforms, books and shoes, enabling the children to continue their secondary education.


Tickets (adults £10; children £5) are available in Kirkwall from Sheila Fleet and Kirkness & Gorie, and in Stromness from the Pier Arts Centre.