Camerata Nova finds new inspiration during pandemic

Choristers Mike Thompson and Scott Reimer at a recent recording session at the St. Norbert Arts Centre (SNAC)

The popular Winnipeg choral ensemble, separated from each other and their audiences by COVID-19, is using new methods to connect and share music

There’s never been a year quite like 2020. For musicians around the world, the arrival of COVID-19 met that their performance schedules suddenly emptied. However, in the wake of shutdowns, quarantines, and social distancing, musicians have taken their shows to social media, providing much-needed levity during an otherwise serious time. Winnipeg’s Camerata Nova, especially, proves that the show must go on.

The popular choral ensemble is a musical institution in Winnipeg is known as much for its gorgeous arrangements of classical works as it is for its concerts featuring new Indigenous and contemporary music. The group, founded in 1996, features a number of Desautels Faculty of Music graduates and employees, and performs in venues across the city, ranging from churches to concert halls to bars, and has produced four albums. With their anticipated spring and fall 2020 seasons suddenly canceled, Camerata Nova sought to find new ways to collaborate during the pandemic, and bring music to their dedicated audiences. Fortunately, their members have a talent for more than just music, and made the transition with ease – turning to videos to bring music into our homes.

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