About Camerata Ireland

Camerata Ireland

Camerata at Clandboye

Camerata Ireland was founded in 1999 by international pianist, conductor, educator and recording artist, Barry Douglas. His vision was to create a chamber orchestra of excellence to match the best in the world.  Camerata Ireland brings together the finest Irish musicians to celebrate the wealth of musical talent from within the island of Ireland, to present a new and positive image of Ireland and to create a unique sound that comes from the orchestra members’ shared musical heritage.

Camerata Ireland has in its creator and Artistic Director, an artist who imbues the orchestra members with an energy and passion for performance and engages audiences from the first to the last note. The orchestra comprises young musicians who are in the early stages of their professional careers and established musicians who perform with the Camerata Ireland orchestra as well as other leading orchestras and ensembles across Europe. Every summer Camerata Ireland returns to its homeland to take part in the annual Clandeboye Festival held in August in the historic Clandeboye Estate. The festival has just celebrated its
twelfth anniversary.

Camerata Ireland has recorded the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos and the Triple Concerto. All of Camerata Ireland’s recordings have met with great critical acclaim.

The orchestra has gained an international reputation for excellence. Camerata Ireland has given performances throughout the USA and Europe, and in Asia.  Notable successes have been the Irish Festival of Arts and Culture in China in 2004, the 2006 International Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, the Smithsonian Festival in the US Library of Congress, the Naantali International Festival in Finland in 2007 and the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu in France in 2008 and 2009.  Camerata Ireland’s annual International Concert Series takes it to several major concert venues throughout Europe such as the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Cadogan Hall in London, The National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid.  Camerata Ireland was honoured to be one of the few chamber orchestras to be invited to be resident in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, performing the complete Mozart Piano Concertos over several seasons.  In March 2011 the orchestra undertook its 4th major tour of the United States which included a debut concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall.  The USA tour was immediately followed by concerts in northern Spain with superstar trumpeter Alison Balsom.  In May 2011 the orchestra was honoured to be invited to perform for the (former) President of Ireland, Mary McAleese and Her Majesty the Queen, as part of the latter’s historic State visit to Ireland. Camerata Ireland returned to South America in October 2012 for a 4 city tour.

As part of the celebrations surrounding Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the first half of 2013 Camerata Ireland toured in France, Belgium, Poland, Russia and Finland. The summer of 2013 saw Camerata performing at festivals in the South of France, at the Cadogan Hall in London as part of the BBC Proms and at the 40th Anniversary Kilkenny Arts Festival. In October 2013 Camerata Ireland toured to Mexico, performing in Mexico City, Leon and Guanajuato at the invitation of the Festival Cervantino and ended 2013 with a tour to China, performing in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Jinan and at the NCPA in Beijing. 2014 saw the orchestra perform in Cuenca, Spain. In August 2014 Camerata Ireland performed all of the Beethoven Piano Concertos at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, with a selection of these presented at their own Clandeboye Festival. Highlights of 2015 included a tour to South America taking in Buenos Aires, Rosario, Cordoba, Santiago de Chile and Sao Paulo.and a tour of China, with appearances in Guangzhou, Yichun, Beijing, Wuhan and Shanghai.

Our Sponsors


The magical experience that the Camerata Ireland Orchestra has given to its alumni and current musicians as they start their professional careers and to its audiences worldwide gives it a unique position in the world of orchestral music. The opportunity to play with a remarkable line up of universally acclaimed conductors and soloists every year in residence and on tour brings young Irish musicians to a new level of performance.

But it’s an experience that comes with an associated cost – from the annual concert schedule that visits Boston, Washington, Paris, Chicago and London to the 1 week intensive summer coaching and performance period at the Clandeboye Festival in County Down every August.

The Orchestra is an Irish-based, not-for-profit organisation, which promotes cultural, artistic and musical excellence through its support of young Irish musicians.

Camerata Ireland is currently seeking funding from commercial sponsors, institutions and private individuals to support the professional development of the Orchestra musicians and expand the range of its educational activities.


Camerata Ireland has been fortunate to count on the support of



Randox – The Pursuit of Harmony in Healthcare

Randox, now celebrating over 30 years of innovation in healthcare diagnostics, is very proud of its association with Barry Douglas & Camerata Ireland. As Global Sponsors we salute another all-Ireland organisation which has a tremendous international reputation, provides world class performances, commits to the development and improvement of the next generation and brings true energy and innovation to their field.

We at Randox truly value this partnership with Barry Douglas & Camerata Ireland as, in our field of endeavor, we strive to improve healthcare across the globe. Our energies and skills are focused upon the development and provision of greatly enhanced diagnostics – through which we are reducing the burden of poor health on individuals and the overall cost to health services worldwide. We are passionate about what we do and are committed to better healthcare for all. Innovative diagnostics, with increasingly preventative capabilities, hold the key to improved healthcare.

Dr Peter FitzGerald, CBE FREng (Managing Director, Randox)



Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the development and funding agency for the Arts in Northern Ireland.

We distribute public money and National Lottery funds to develop and deliver a wide variety of arts projects, events and initiatives across Northern Ireland.

From theatre and literature to art in the community, we work in partnership with hundreds of artists, arts organisations and venues. Art has the ability to reach across boundaries, inspiring, teaching and bringing people together.

That’s why we believe in placing “Art at the Heart” because we know that art makes a difference.

Camerata Ireland are honoured to be an Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Funded project.

The Flax Trust

The Flax Trust

The Flax Trust is one of the largest and longest established development trusts in Ireland. It is a registered charity formed in Belfast in 1977. For over 35 years it has been committed to the “reconciliation of a divided community through economic and social development, bringing peace to both communities, one person and one job at a time

From its inception, the Flax Trust has promoted and practised with an absolute focus reconciliation through economic development. Over the last three years in identifying a strategy for the 21st century it has broadened its focus to expand and energize the work of reconciliation through the arts, especially the performing arts, education, business incubation, entertainment, social action, sport and technology.

The Flax Trust are a major contributor to Camerata Ireland’s Young Artist Programme as part of the Clandeboye Festival.  Due to their kind generosity, young musicians are provide with financial and moral support to establish successful and meaningful professional careers.


Ards and North Down Borough Council

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Our Friends


Camerata Ireland are extremely thankful for the support that we receive from our dedicated friends.  Without the generous donations that we receive from our audience Camerata Ireland would be unable to function as the invigorating, exciting, and versatile orchestra that it has become.

We would be delighted to welcome you as a friend for 2014.


Join Us!

As a Friend of Camerata Ireland, you will receive an exclusive package of benefits that only our supporters receive.  Alongside priority booking for concerts and events, you will have the opportunity to meet Barry Douglas and the orchestra in a social setting during the Clandeboye Festival.

For more information about becoming a friend please get in touch, at


Clandeboye Festival Friends

Professor Sir George Bain
Mrs Jane Bell
Deirdre Brady
Eleanor Brown
Ruth Cooke
Professor Jim Dornan
Dr Maureen Edmondson
David and Margot Gilchrist
Maureen Hunter
Bryan Johnston OBE
Ronnie Kells
Rüdiger Klein
Robert Logan
Professor Sidney Lowry
Patrick Magee
Liam and Anne McCollum
Professor Noel and Carmel McHale
Elizabeth McIlwaine
Bill Montogomery
Mrs Rosemary Scott
Victoria Sharpe
Austin Walker