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VIARDOT200: Prima Donna, Composer, Muse and Inspiration

19 November 2021

Our lunchtime concert on 19th November was a taster for our next musical event, VIARDOT200, which takes place in Dorset on 2nd and 3rd April 2022.  

The performance was led by our new Artistic Director, Susanna Stranders, from the piano, with singers Claire Lees - Soprano, Katy Thomson - Soprano and Kieran Rayner - Baritone.  Susanna chose the programme of songs and piano pieces to illustrate the themes of Pauline Viardot as Diva, Composer, Muse and Inspiration. The programme proved a huge success with the music and voices pairing perfectly.


The concert allowed our subscribers to meet Susanna face to face. It also allowed to meet ‘Cameratina’ and to discover what we are achieving. Given our purpose to support opera recitals of the highest quality, in small spaces, and help young singers to gain experience, the concert certainly ticked all the boxes.


We were pleased that the photographer for the concert was Clive Barda OBE, doyen of opera photographers. It is his portraits of the performers that grace this article.


The opinion of all present was that the concert was a huge success and the best possible introduction to Pauline Viardot’s music.

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Prestigious award for Dani Howard

10th November 2021

Cameratina are delighted to congratulate Dani Howard on her winning the Royal Philharmonic Society Award 2021 for a Large-Scale Composition for her Trombone Concerto commissioned by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.


Cameratina’s own commission from Dani Howard is nearing completion and it’s world premiere will be performed at VIARDOT200 on 3rd April 2022 by Katie Bray accompanied by Ellipsis.

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Cameratina announces London concert
as taste of Viardot200

6th October 2021

On 19 November 2021, Cameratina will host a lunchtime concert at 1901 Arts Club in Waterloo. Performed by new Artistic Director, Susanna Stranders, and three rising stars of opera, Claire Lees, Katy Thompson and Kieran Rayner, the concert will give a taster of the highlights to be expected at the Viardot200 event scheduled for April 2022.

Viardot200 will celebrate the extraordinary talents of composer and singer Pauline Viardot and her friends in fin de siècle Paris.

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Young composers gear up for Viardot200

13th September 2021

Susanna Stranders, artistic director for Cameratina, reports enthusiastically on the progress of the brand new pieces by composers Dani Howard and Lilly Vadaneaux. Commissioned by the subscribers to Cameratina, the two new works will be premiered at the Viardot200 music event in Dorset in 2022.  Susanna writes

“Pauline Viardot would have been delighted to know that her 200th anniversary would have inspired new works from two young women composers. A highly accomplished composer herself, she was also a great teacher and supporter of young musicians, with her Salons providing a platform for such young talent as Schumann, Saint-Saens, Massenet and Gounod.

Dani Howard is a British composer, already with international recognition, collaborating in projects in a range of media including dance, art, film and architecture. Her opera “Robin Hood” was first performed in London in February, 2019.

Lilly Vadaneaux studied at the Guildhall School of Music and is now mentored by Roxanne Panufnik. Lilly has been winning composition awards since the age of 11 - she is still under 20 - and has already had her music played on Radio 3.

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Covid leads to delay of Aldeburgh performances for a second year

12th August 2021

Cameratina are disappointed to announce that their opera event, Spirit of the Sea, planned for September 2021 has had to be postponed for a second year.
Elaine Fairless and Nigel Masters, the organisers of Cameratina, said:
“We have reluctantly decided to postpone our opera weekend in Aldeburgh after our lead soprano, Rachel Nichols, stepped away from the venture over concerns regarding Covid infection. We understand Ms Nicholls situation and wish her well for her forthcoming performances. We will now reconsider the programme and seek to provide an equally engaging event in Aldeburgh, probably in the Autumn of 2022. In the meantime, we are grateful to the Jubilee Hall and The White Lion Hotel for their flexibility in supporting this postponement

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New Artistic Director in first video interview

16th June 2021

Susanna Stranders, the new Artistic Director of Cameratina, spells out her vision for her first major project, Viardot200.

“Pauline Viardot was an extraordinary woman, one of the first international divas, a hugely accomplished composer in a time when women’s achievements were undervalued, and a Spaniard hosting one of the most glittering artistic salons in France.”

In this extended interview, Susanna introduces herself, her attachment to Viardot’s music and offers a teaser performance of the new Jeremy Sams translation of Cendrillon.

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