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John Traill, Simon Desbruslais, and the St. Anne’s Camerata – Residency in Brasilia, Brazil, April 2014.

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From 8th-13th April 2014, the St. Anne’s Camerata, conducted by John Traill (Director of Music, St. Anne’s College), will provide a residency at the Sao Bento Monastery, in association with the University of Brasília Music School, Brazil. Guest trumpeter soloist Simon Desbruslais, will feature alongside the group in presenting a series of workshops, open rehearsals, and a final concert.  The programme will include the world premiere of a new piece by John, Serenade for Flugelhorn and Strings (2014).  The residency has resulted from ongoing partnerships with conductor Daniel Bortolosy, whose orchestras John has previously guest conducted (SCAR Philharmonic, Curitiba Symphony, Blumenau Camerata).

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The St. Anne’s Camerata is a unique chamber orchestra that specialises in contrasting traditional and contemporary repertoires in interactive concerts and education programmes.  Founded in 2014 by Artistic Director, John Traill, the group has already featured in performances at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, premiering his Lightbobs, commissioned and performed by the Oxfordshire County Music Service (pictured), featuring over 500 musicians.

John and Simon have collaborated on a number of occassion, most recently in the St Anne’s College Recital Series and Advanced Musicianship outreach programme, and performing Robert Saxton’s Psalm and Shakespeare Scenes with Ensemble ISIS, in November 2013 (Holywell Music Room, Oxford [pictured])

The St Anne’s Camerata is comprised of professionals, St Anne’s instrumental scholars, and leading players from the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra. Modelled on the Oxbridge choir tradition, which blends lay clerks, choral scholars, and choristers, the St Anne’s Camerata provides lecture-recitals, workshops in performance, composition, and conducting, and a variety of open-rehearsal projects.

During their Brasilia residency, the group will combine forces with local professionals, and work with conductors from Brazil and other South American countries, that include Daniel Bortolosy and Pablo Vourliotis.  The programme will also include excerpts from Deborah Pritchard’s Skyspace, commissioned and premiered by Simon in 2013.

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(Simon Desbruslais with pianist Clare Hammond and composer John McCabe, St. Anne’s College Recital Series, March 2014)



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