Clandeboye Festival 2018


The Clandeboye Festival 2018

17th – 25th August 2018

Oh, Vienna

 Barry Douglas, Camerata Ireland and Guests


Andrés Díaz – cello/Ruth Gibson – viola/Jessie Grimes – clarinet/Ailish Tynan – soprano/Elina Vahälä – violin/Richard Watkins – horn

Guest Artists
Julie Alcaraz – piano/Michael d”Arcy violin/Chris Kelly – double bass/Eimear McGeown – flute/Catriona McKay – harp/Keith Pascoe – violin/Chris Stout – fiddle/ Jonny Toman – guitar

and The Lir Quartet

Also Fashion Show with young designers and Musicians of the Future concert featuring students at the Camerata Ireland Academy at Clandeboye.

Tickets on sale at the end of June.
box office: 028 9024 1919


Friday 17th August

Opening Gala Concert – 7:30pm

£27 adult, £22 conc.

£7 student/under 18s

Featuring Andrés Díaz, Barry Douglas, Ruth Gibson, Chris Ellis, Michael d’Arcy, Elina Vahälä

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in F minor  “Appassionata”

Brahms: Violin Sonata No 1 in G major

Schubert: String Quintet

Saturday 18th August

Lunchtime Concert  Piano Recital – 1:00pm

Unreserved seating £10

Jordan Bagot

Winner of Mabel Swainson Award Feis Ceoil

Afternoon Recital – 3:30pm

£27 adult, £22 conc.

£7 student/under 18s

Featuring Julie Alcaraz, Barry Douglas, Elina Vahälä

Haydn: Piano Sonata in A flat
Reflects dans l’eau (from Images Book 1)

Schubert: Fantasy for piano duet
Brahms: Violin Sonata No 2 in A major


Evening Concert – 7:30pm

£27 adult, £22 conc.

£7 student/under 18s

Featuring Julie Alcaraz, Andrés Díaz, Barry Douglas, Ruth Gibson, Jessie Grimes,
Chris Kelly, Elina Vahälä and Richard Watkins

: Trout Quintet
Zemlinsky: Trio for piano clarinet and cello
Beethoven: Horn Sonata

Sunday 19th August

Afternoon Recital – 3:30pm

£27 adult, £22 conc.

£7 student/under 18s

Featuring Barry Douglas, Elina Vahälä and The Lir Quartet
(Mairéad Hickey, Siobhán Doyle, Ed Creedon and Chris Ellis)

: Violin Sonata No 3 in D minor

Mozart: String Quartet No 17 in B flat “HUNT”

Evening Concert – 7:30pm

£27 adult, £22 conc.

£7 student/under 18s


Featuring Andrés Díaz, Ed Creedon, Barry Douglas, Chris Ellis, Michael d’Arcy,
Ruth Gibson, Jessie Grimes, Mairéad Hickey, Kevin Pascoe, Richard Watkins

Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E flat
Brahms: Horn Trio
Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht

Monday 20th August

Lunchtime Concert – 1:00pm

Songs from Ireland and Vienna

Unreserved seating £10

Featuring Ailish Tynan and Barry Douglas

Unreserved seating £10

Songs by Schubert, Clarke, Bodley and Britten

Evening Concert – 7:30pm
£27 adult, £22 conc.

£7 student/under 18s

Featuring Barry Douglas, Jessie Grimes, Ruth Gibson,
Ailish Tynan, Richard Watkins and The Lir Quartet

Mozart: Kegelstaat Trio
Schubert: Auf dem Strom
Schubert: Shepherd on the Rock
Beethoven: String Quartet Op 59 No 3

Tuesday 21st August

Lunchtime Concert – 1:00pm

 Soprano and strings

Unreserved seating £10

Featuring Siobhan Doyle, Chris Ellis, Mairhéad Hickey, Ruth Gibson, Kevin Pascoe and Ailish Tynan

Mozart: String Duo in B flat
Schönberg: String Quartet No 2

Evening Concert – 6:30pm

Young Musicians of the Future Concert

£17 adult, £12conc. £7 student/under 18s

This year’s young artists will perform a diverse programme of music. There will also be a presentation of a number of awards and bursaries by amongst other the Flax Trust and The Ireland Fund of France. This is a great opportunity to hear some of our best young musicians, many of whom go on to have solo careers and play with Camerata Ireland.

Wednesday 22nd August

Lunchtime Concert – 1:00pm

Lots of instruments!

Unreserved seating – £10

Featuring  Andrés Díaz, Ruth Gibson, Chris Kelly, Elina Vahälä and Richard Watkins

Music by Beethoven, Rihm and Corigliano.


Evening Concert – 7:30pm

Barry Douglas Recital

£27 adult, £22 conc.

£7 student/under 18s

: The Seasons (complete)
Schubert: Sonata in A minor

Schubert: Sonata in A major

Thursday 23rd August

Lunchtime Concert – 1:00pm 

Celtic Moments  in the Chapel

Unreserved seating – £10

Eimear McGeown and Jonny Toman

Traditional music for flute and guitar.

A Celebration of Music and Fashion – 8:00pm


With young designers and international guest designers accompanied by Festival musicians. Presentation of bursaries by Tayto and Denman International to the best young designers. Exhibition of costume design and art in Ava Gallery from 7pm.

Show produced by Maureen Martin, proceeds to young musicians at Clandeboye.

Friday 24th August – 7:30pm

Evening Concert

Celtic Explosion! 2018

£32 adult, £27 conc.

£7 student/under 18s

Celtic Orbit

Catch up with the exciting musical journey that is Barry’s Celtic Orbit with Barry Douglas on piano, Catriona McKay harp and Chris Stout Shetland fiddle, (Duo of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards), and Eimear McGeown Irish flute and whistle.

Saturday 25th August  – 7:30pm

Closing Gala

Camerata Ireland and Barry Douglas

Soloists Andrés Díaz cello, Mairéad Hickey violin and Ed Creedon viola

£32 adult, £27 conc.

£7 student/under 18s

: Piano Concerto in E flat K 449
Haydn: Cello Concerto in D

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for violin & viola

 How To Find Us

All concerts take place in the beautiful surroundings of the Courtyard at Clandeboye Estate, thanks to the kind hospitality of Lady Dufferin.

The Clandeboye Estate is located off the A2, just outside Bangor.

The Courtyard
Clandeboye Estate
BT19 1RN

Dendron Lodge is open for teas, coffees and light snacks during the Festival. The Banqueting Hall Bar will be open for evening concerts.

From Belfast

Follow signs for Bangor A2. 12 miles from Belfast (2 miles from Bangor), pass the Garden Centre on the left. Approach the traffic lights in the middle lane Go straight through traffic lights (right-hand lane is signposted right to Newtownards). 200 yards past the traffic lights turn right across the dual carriageway through the front gates of Clandeboye

From Belfast City Airport

Turn left when exiting from Airport and follow signs for Bangor as ‘from Belfast’.

From Belfast International Airport

Follow Belfast M2 signs, continue towards end of M2 where overhead motorway signs filter traffic for Bangor A2. Then as above.



This Festival receives programming funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and is supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council.


Details subject to change.


Camerata Ireland Academy

The Clandeboye Festival 2018

17th – 25th August 2018

Apply Now

Each year at the Clandeboye Festival we invite a number of young musicians to take part in our Academy.

We are now accepting applications from outstanding young musicians to participate in the Camerata Ireland Academy at the Clandeboye Festival. The festival offers an opportunity for young musicians to work with the Artists-In-Residence as they teach, rehearse and perform in the beautiful surroundings of the Clandeboye Estate just outside Belfast.

Applications are invited from students of:

  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Wind
  • Brass
  • Voice

Nearly 150 young people have taken part in the Festival over the years, many of them going on to play with the orchestra on international tours and others performing at the Festival each year.

How To Apply

All interested applicants should first read our Application Information before completing their Application Form.

All applications should be sent to Andrew Hume on by 12 noon on Friday 22 June.

Applications should include:

  • A completed Application Form.
  • A short resume of your musical experience to date.
  • Two high quality, recent recordings, one of which should be of pre-twentieth century repertoire.  Please send audio files only. Larger files can be submitted by 
  • A high quality head-shot.
  • A performance biography of no more than 100 words.

To find out more about attending the Academy watch our short film.

Please note that applications close at 12 noon on Friday 22nd June 2018.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland


Where are they now?

This concert is a fantastic opportunity to hear the brightest developing talents that Ireland has to offer.  Many alumni of the Clandeboye Young Musicians course go on to have successful solo careers, with many joining Camerata Ireland as orchestral players.

Ruth Gibson | Viola

Ruth Gibson | Viola

Irish Violist Ruth Gibson manages a busy career of solo and chamber work.  In 2009, she graduated with First-class honours from the Royal Northern College of Music and completed her Masters in Performance with Lawrence Power at the Royal College of Music in 2011.

In 2011 she was soloist with the Bournemouth Symphony where she played Holst’s elegiac Lyric Movement for Viola and Orchestra under Sir John Elliot Gardiner. Ruth performs with the Mercury Piano Quartet, the Barbirolli and Benyounes String Quartets, and has collaborated with numerous notable soloists including Erika Raum, Philip Graffin, Andrés Díaz, Barry Douglas, and Amy Norrington.
Ruth plays regularly with Camerata Ireland, and led the viola section whilst the orchestra was on tour in South America, Russia, Finland and France.

Ruth returns to Clandeboye this year to tutor this years students and perform in various chamber music concerts.

Eimear McGeown | Flute

Eimear McGeown | Flute

Irish flautist Eimear McGeown has established a busy and varied career since graduating from Trinity College of Music with First-class honours in 2005. Whilst a student at Clandeboye in 2006, Eimear gained the title of Camerata Ireland Young Musician of the Year.  Since then her career has blossomed. Highlights include her solo performance with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms in the Park as part of the 2012 Last Night of the Proms celebrations, premiering David Morris’ Concerto for Flute in the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and performing as a concerto soloist with Camerata Ireland.

As a talented classical and folk musician Eimer’s Irish heritage is evident in her playing. She gives recitals on both classical and traditional flute regulalry  and has recently worked playing both instruments in the West End production of the Lord of the Rings musical.  She also plays with pop and rock artists regularly, touring with Matt Cardle, Alison Moyet, and LeMar, with a Glastonbury performance with folk/rock band Amsterdam in 2008.

Eimear’s versatile and successful career is grounded in her Clandeboye experience, and she will return in 2016 to perform in a number of concerts.


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Jessie Grimes | clarinet

A former Clandeboye student and regular member of Camerata,
Jessie teaches clarinet at the Royal College of Music (RCM) JD and is also an outreach mentor for their degree students.  As an animateur she has presented live on BBC television, is a Live Music Now Artist and regularly leads workshops, residencies and pre-concert talks.

As an orchestral musician, Jessie been principal clarinet of the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra for the past three seasons and regularly works with the BBC and the RTE Orchestras. As a student she enjoyed many tours with the European Union Youth Orchestra as principal bass clarinettist.

Michael McHale is a London based pianist who was one of the first musicians to take part in the Clandeboye Festival Young Musicians Programme.  After studying at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music, Michael has embarked upon a varied and exciting career as a soloist and accompanist.   He has recorded and performed with many notable artists, including Flautist James Galway, and Clarinettist Michael Collins.  His solo CD The Irish Piano is available on the RTE Lyric FM label.

Michael’s time at Clandeboye, and his relationship with Barry Douglas played a pivotal role in shaping his career:

Barry Douglas has been a real mentor and support to me over the years and now I would call him a friend. He really does a lot of work behind the scenes to support young musicians, from both north and south, and any time that I get with him is worth so much to me as I learn so much.
Michael McHale


For more information on the Clandeboye Young Musicians course, please contact