Camden joined the LSO in 1968 and held simultaneous roles as administrator and musician. He was principal oboe from 1972-1978 and chairman from 1975-1987, leading the orchestra through difficult times to stronger artistic and financial periods in their new home at London's Barbican Centre.
Camden was born in London and studied at the Royal College of Music. He established the London Virtuosi in 1972, with whom he toured for more than two decades. He also founded a music festival at Segovia, in Spain, and continued to run the festival even after moving to Australia in 1988 to lead the Queensland Conservatorium.
He recorded and performed regularly in Europe and Asia. From 1993 to 2003 he was dean of music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Colleagues nicknamed him "the Whizzer" because of his infectious energy.
He died of motor neuron disease.