Clandeboye Festival


The Clandeboye Festival 2016

12 – 20 August

A festival of Russian music to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Barry Douglas winning the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition.

 Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland

With Boris Berezovsky – piano/ Andrés Díaz – cello/ Ruth Gibson – viola/ Jessie Grimes – clarinet/ Chris Kelly – bass/ Eimear McGeown – flute/ Michael McHale – piano/ Catriona McKay – harp/ Éanna Monaghan – bassoon/ Maria Ostroukhova – soprano/ Dmitry Sitkovetsky – violin and conductor/ Chris Stout – fiddle / Jonny Toman – guitar/ Ailish Tynan – soprano/ Richard Watkins – horn

Special guests the Ortus Quartet

Mairéad Hickey, Phoebe White, Ed Creedon, Christopher Ellis

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 Friday 12th August – 7:45pm
[ At the Ulster Hall, Belfast ]

Ulster Orchestra
Barry Douglas – piano
Rumon Gamba – conductor

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A BBC Radio 3 Invitation Concert to coincide with the opening of the Clandeboye Festival and to celebrate 30 years since its Artistic Director, Barry Douglas, won the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition

Britten: Russian Funeral
Britten: Piano Concerto, Op.13
Tchaikovsky: Fantasie de concert, Op.56
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien Op.45

At the Clandeboye Estate


Saturday 13th August – 1pm
Eoin Fleming – piano
Winner of the 2016 Bank of Ireland Catherine Judge Memorial Award.


Featuring Andrés Díaz, Barry Douglas, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and
Ortus Quartet (Mairéad Hickey, Phoebe White, Ed Creedon, Christopher Ellis)
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 1


Sunday 14th August – 3pm
Featuring Boris Berezovsky, Barry Douglas, Maria Ostroukhova
and Ortus Quartet
Tchaikovsky: Dumka, Op.59
Tchaikovsky: 4 Songs
Shostakovich: Ophelia’s Song from 7 Romances
Rachmaninov: 3 Songs
Medtner: 2 Fairy Tales for piano solo
Tchaikovsky: from The Seasons (June, July and August)
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 2


Featuring Andrés Díaz, Barry Douglas, Ruth Gibson, Jessie Grimes, Mairéad Hickey, Michael McHale, Eimear McGeown, Éanna Monaghan,  Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Richard Watkins
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 57

Field: Nocturne No.10 in E major / Nocturne No. 4 in A major
Rimsky-Korsakov: Piano Quintet in B flat major, Op Posth


Monday 15th August – 1pm
Featuring Ruth Gibson, Eimear McGeown, Dmitry Sitkovetsky
and Ortus Quartet
Beethoven: Serenade for flute, violin and viola
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 3


Part 1
Featuring Boris Berezovsky, Andrés Díaz, Barry Douglas, Ruth Gibson, Mairéad Hickey, Chris Kelly, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Richard Watkins
Debussy:Petite Suite for piano duet

Glinka:Grand Sextet for piano and strings
Part 2
Celtic Orbit – (World Premiére) traditional arr. by Barry Douglas
with Chris Stout – Shetland fiddle, Catriona McKay – Scottish harp,
Eimear McGeown – Irish flute and Barry Douglas – piano


Tuesday 16th August – 1pm

Featuring Andrés Díaz, Jessie Grimes, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Ortus Quartet
Stravinsky: Three Pieces for solo clarinet
Glazunov: Serenade for horn and string quartet
Glazunov: Idyll for horn and string quartet
Glazunov: Oriental Reverie for clarinet and string quartet
Glazunov: 10 Duets for clarinet and viola
Bela Kovacs: Hommage to Aram Khatchaturian for solo clarinet
Kodaly: Duo for violin and cello


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 the 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.


Wednesday 17th August – 1pm
Featuring Eimear McGeown, flute and Jonny Toman, guitar
Traditional Irish music for flute and guitar


Barry Douglas Recital
Tchaikovsky: Meditation
Beethoven: Sonata in C Op 53 Waldstein
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition


Thursday 18th August – 1pm
Featuring Barry Douglas, Ailish Tynan, Richard Watkins, Dmitry Sitkovetsky

Gliere: Four Pieces op 35 for horn and piano
Prokofiev: Violin Sonata in D
Frank Bridge: Lean out of the window (Goldenhair)
Britten: At the mid hour of night
Frank Lambert: She is far from the land
Balfe: I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
Schubert: Auf dem Strom
Strauss: Das Alphorn


Designer Fashion Show
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 from Camerata Ireland musicians.


Camerata Ireland
Dmitry Sitkovetsky – violin and conductor
Ruth Gibson – viola
Ailish Tynan – soprano
Barry Douglas – piano
Grieg arr. Karkoff: Love Story on Songs by Grieg
Mozart: Piano Concerto in E flat K 449
Prokofiev: Andante for String Orchestra
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat


Camerata Ireland
Barry Douglas – piano and conductor
Andrés Diaz – cello
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat
Glazunov: Chant du Ménestrel for cello and orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile for cello and strings
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor


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How To Find Us

All concerts (except Friday 12th) 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.


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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


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