Previous Concerts

Concert for ChristinaChristina Sargent

Saturday 17th May 2014

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall



Orkney Camerata performed in St Magnus Cathedral to celebrate the life of oboist and artist Christina Sargent who died in August 2013.

The concert featured Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, a piece of music Christina loved, with Camerata’s director, Elizabeth Sullivan, as violin soloist.

Christina’s family also took part: her daughter Islay Roberts played Bach’s Prelude and Allemande from Suite No 2 for solo cello and her son Lorien Roberts joined his sister in an arrangement of ”Farewell to Stromness” for guitar and cello.

Michael Lee (tenor), Glenys Hughes (harpsichord) and Valerie Webster (cello) performed Handel’s Dove Sei? and Thomas Arne’s setting of Shakespeare’s song, “Where the Bee Sucks”.

Christina’s former pupil, Matthew Wilkinson, currently studying oboe at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow, returned as soloist in the Oboe Concerto in C by Cimarosa and in Schumann’s Three Romances in Matthew’s own arrangement for oboe and string quartet.

Woodwind, strings and harpsichord played excerpts from Bach’s Goldberg Variations and KGS flute group played a Mozart Divertimento.


Christmas Concert with St. Magnus Festival Chorus 15.12.13

Handel – Messiah                                                        Vivaldi – Gloria

Vivaldi – Winter from The Four Seasons                Britten – A Ceremony of Carols


Britten and Purcell Concert 23.11.13

A joint concert with the Mayfield Singers to celebrate St. Cecilia’s Day and the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten.

Purcell – Chacony (arr. Britten)

Bridge – Folk Song Arrangements

Britten – Simple Symphony


Saturday 23rd November, 7:30pm, St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall.


Summer Concert 02.06.13

Camerata June

In a varied programme of music spanning 300 years, Cathedral organist Heather Rendall will join Camerata for the famous Adagio for organ and strings attributed to the 18th century Venetian composer, Tomaso Albinoni. Mezzo soprano Anna Whelan will join the ensemble to perform arias by Handel and Cherubini.

The programme also features music by two of England’s greatest 20th century composers – Elgar and Vaughan Williams. Elgar is represented by his ever-popular Serenade for Strings and Vaughan Williams by two of his evocative hymn-tune preludes, for which the strings are joined by flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. Strings and wind also combine for a lively dance movement by the 17th century Italian composer Jean-Baptiste Lully.

The concert culminates in an arrangement for string orchestra of a vibrant set of Armenian traditional songs and dances.


Stronsay Concert 30.03.13

Stronsay May 2012

Members of Orkney Camerata in concert with Stronsay’s Silver Darlings.

Music by Boccherini, Oswald, Bartok, Joplin, O’Connor and Boyce.
Moncur Memorial Church, 2pm.


March Concert 17.03.13 

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Mozart   Divertimento in F, K.138

O’Connor   Appalachia Waltz

Oswald   Sonata on Scots Themes

Boyce   Symphonies No.1 and No.7 in Bb

Telemann   Violin Concerto in G Major, TWV 51:G5

Grainger   My Robin is to the Greenwood Gone and Molly on the Shore

Soloist: Aaron McGregor (violin)

Messiah 08.12.12

Orkney Camerata are accompanying the St. Magnus Festival Chorus in a production of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday 8th December in St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

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Westray Concert 28.09.12

Six members of Orkney Camerata are heading to Westray on Friday 28th September to run a music workshop for the school pupils.

There will be a concert in the school at 7:30pm of classical, ragtime and tango music including pieces by Astor Piazzolla, Scott Joplin, Thomas Albinoni, Bella Bartok and more. All welcome.