This summer we will host Naomi Atherton, French horn player, and educator from the Manchester Camerata, one of UK’s leading chamber orchestras. Ms Atherton will present Camerata in the Community program, and delivering workshops over a couple of days (04-06 August). Her workshops will be a great way to introduce the musicians attending the Montenegro Summer Camp for Chamber Music to the Camerata in the Community’s creative approaches to improvisation, composing music and working as an ensemble. Camerata in the Community programme began over 20 years ago and is at the heart of the orchestra’s activity using music as a tool to improve a quality of life of people of all ages.

From Bradford, Naomi Atherton studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Michael Purton and Derek Taylor. Whilst in her first year of studies she won the brass final of BBC Young Musician of the Year. As a soloist Naomi has performed with the BBC Philharmonic and the Ulster Orchestras and collaborated with Robert Tear, Neil Mackie and most recently James Gildchrist.

She specializes in chamber music and is a member of the Sheffield based group Ensemble 360, appearing regularly on BBC Radio 3 and at some of the largest festivals and venues in England including Wigmore Hall, the National Centre for Early Music, Bath International Festival, Buxton Festival, Leamington Music Festival and Manchester Chamber Concert Series.

Naomi has been the principal horn of Manchester Camerata and Northern Chamber Orchestra for many years, and has also appeared as guest principal with many British orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and English Northern Philharmonia.

Naomi is very committed to the work she does for Camerata in the Community. This has been very varied over the years. She has performed and delivered workshops to all age ranges from babies to adults. She also specialises in working with older people, living with dementia and their carers, in hospitals, community centres and care homes, and ‘it the most valuable and most rewarding work I have ever done’.