Clandeboye Festival


The Clandeboye Festival 2017

11th – 19th August 2017

A Festival of French Music

 Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland


Julie Alcaraz – piano / Florent Boffard – piano / Marc Coppey – cello / Andrés Díaz – cello / Jessie Grimes – clarinet / Eimear McGeown – flute /  Catriona McKay – harp / Paul Neubauer – viola / Dmitry Sitkovetsky – violin / Chris Stout – fiddle / Jonny Toman – guitar / Ailish Tynan – soprano / Richard Watkins – horn

Special guests the The Ortus Quartet and The Ulster Orchestra Ensemble



Festival News (10/09/2017)

Following an accident earlier this week pianist Philippe Cassard is indisposed and unable to perform at the Clandeboye Festival.

We are very grateful to Florent Boffard for stepping in at short notice to join our other guest artists in the Vive La France programme.



Julie Alcaraz, Marc Coppey, Andrés Díaz, Barry Douglas, Mairéad Hickey, Paul Neubauer, Dmitry Sitkovetsy, Richard Watkins and the Ortus Festival Quartet


Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise
Fauré: Elégie for cello and piano
Fauré: String Quartet
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor


Peter Regan, piano
Winner of Mabel Swainson Award at the Feis Ceoil


Julie Alcaraz, Barry Douglas, Florent Boffard and The Ortus Festival Quartet

Debussy: Petite Suite for piano duet
Debussy: selection from Preludes and from Images II
Ravel: String Quartet


Florent Boffard , Marc Coppey, Andrés Diaz, Barry Douglas, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Ailish Tynan and the Ortus Festival Quartet

Debussy: Fêtes Galantes 1, En Sourdine, Fantoches, Clair de lune
Franck: Violin Sonata (cello version)
Ravel: Piano Trio



Julie Alcaraz, Andrés Díaz, Paul Neubauer, Dmitry Sitkovetsky

Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit
Fauré: Piano Quartet in C minor


Florent Boffard , Marc Coppey, Jessie Grimes, Dmitry Sitkovetsky

Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time



LUNCHTIME CONCERT– 1:00PM – French Ensembles
Music by Debussy and Saint-Saëns


EVENING CONCERT – 7:30PM – French Melodies
Julie Alcaraz, Florent Boffard, Marc Coppey, Barry Douglas, Jessie Grimes, Eimear McGeown, Paul Neubauer, Ailish Tynan and Richard Watkins

Gounod: 3 Melodies for horn and piano
Fauré: Songs
Poulenc: Sextet for piano and wind



LUNCHTIME CONCERT – 1:00PM – Drames Et Delicatesses
Music by Messiaen, Franck, Bizet, Boulanger and Ravel


EARLY EVENING CONCERT – 6:30PM (note earlier start time)
Young Musicians of the Future Concert
This year’s young artists perform a diverse programme of music. There will also be a presentation of a number of awards and bursaries by amongst others 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.



LUNCHTIME CONCERT – 1:00PM – Rich Rarities in the Chapel
Music by Ravel and Martinu


EVENING CONCERT – 7:30PM – Barry Douglas Recital

Schubert: Moments Musicaux
Debussy: Suite – Pour le piano
Schubert: Sonata in B flat major D 960



LUNCHTIME CONCERT – 1:00PM – Celtic Moments in the Chapel

Eimear McGeown and Jonny Toman

Traditional music for flute and guitar


Young designer graduates and established designers accompanied by Festival musicians. Denman International will present a bursary prize to the best young designer.

Show produced by Maureen Martin.
With performances by Eimear McGeown, Jonny Toman and others



EVENING CONCERT – 7:30PM – The Celtic Isles

Celtic Orbit 2017
Barry Douglas, Eimear McGeown, Caitriona McKay and Chris Stout.Back after their spectacular début last year with more music from these islands and Brittany.

Seamus Heaney: Words and Music
A very special programme of readings and Heaney-related music featuring an ensemble of Ulster Orchestra musicians, led by violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan, and narrated by writer Glenn Patterson.



EVENING CONCERT– 7:30PM – Closing Gala

Camerata Ireland and Barry Douglas
with Eimear McGeown, flute

Saint-Saëns: Romance for flute and orchestra
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat
Mozart: Symphony No 40 in G minor


 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


During the week of the Clandeboye Festival, some of Ireland’s most exceptional young musicians are invited to stay at the estate.  Throughout this week they undertake a series of masterclasses and coaching sessions from the visiting soloists.  This year, workshops will be hosted by artists from across the globe, ranging as far as the USA and Chile, to our French and English neighbours, and homegrown Irish talent.

To find out more information, or to apply, click here.

Under the tutorage and guidance of more experienced musicians, our young soloists prepare for The Musicians of The Future concert.   This showcase recital provides a unique public opportunity for our rising stars to display the work they have been so carefully honing during their stay at Clandeboye.   Following this recital the most promising young talents are recognised by a series of awards and bursaries.


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