Camerata hits high note with well-loved tunes

With famous themes like Skyfall, Music of the Night, Beauty and the Beast and the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, the Cowichan Camerata hit the high notes at their concert at Duncan United Church April 26.

Wait a minute! What’s that about the Queen of Sheba?

Well, if you didn’t know that George Frederick Handel was the 18th century equivalent of Andrew Lloyd Webber, now you do.

And even if you may not recognize the name of the selection, chances are you’ve heard it’s joyful noise before.

The Camerata enjoyed playing it, too, as it did the other pieces in the show entitled From Bach to Bond. Musical director Garth Williams obviously avoids low-hanging fruit and tempts his charges with works that require a bit of a stretch because this group always seems to be improving and from the response of the crowd, their efforts are not going unnoticed.