Cameo Classics

Cameo Classics is now owned by The Lyrita Recorded Edition Trust which was founded by the late Richard Itter to promote British Classical Music through the Lyrita label and to curate the Itter Broadcast Collection. “We will operate Cameo alongside the Lyrita label, both of them being distributed under exclusive licence by Nimbus / Wyastone. The important British premieres that appeared on Cameo, works by Somervell, Blower, and Howell among others, will be re mastered and recompiled for immediate issue on the Lyrita label. The remaining Cameo titles will be re mastered and re-presented with a new design during 2018, alongside a new release programme drawn from the non-British material contained in the Itter Broadcast Collection.” Adrian Farmer, Lyrita Trustee

Itter Broadcast Collection
Richard Itter had a life-long fascination with recording and he acquired professional equipment for disc and tape recording for solely private use. From his home in Burnham he was able to receive a strong signal from the BBC Wrotham transmitter, which was constructed in 1951 and began broadcasting VHF/FM on 2 May 1955. His domestic recordings from BBC transmissions (including Proms, premieres, operas, symphonies and chamber music – more than 2000 works in total), date from 1952-1996. Everything was initially recorded on magnetic tape, but up to 1955 particularly important performances were transferred to acetate disc. These fragile discs were never played and have remained in excellent condition, as have the majority of the tapes which make up the bulk of the collection. In 2014 the Lyrita Recorded Edition Trust began to transfer this priceless archive and has put in place formal agreements with both the BBC and the Musicians Union to enable the release of these archived items to the public.

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