International Work

Camerata Ireland at the Great Wall of China in 2014

Camerata Ireland at the Great Wall of China in 2013

Camerata Ireland has an international reputation for artistic excellence and regularly receives invitations to play at some of the world’s leading venues and festivals. Since the orchestra was founded, we have regularly performed on four continents with major tours of the United States, South America, Asia and Europe. In 2013 we played in France, Belgium and Poland to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the EU, toured to China and Mexico, and became the first Irish Orchestra to perform in Moscow in nearly fifty years. In Autumn 2015 the orchestra toured to South America and China and travels to the USA in May 2016.

Camerata Ireland aims to build on its role and reputation as a cultural ambassador overseas, helping to showcase the very best of our musical talent to international audiences and developing creative partnerships with other countries. As part of its education programme, Camerata involves many of the exceptional young musicians from the Clandeboye programme in its overseas touring. Last year two of our Clandeboye students – Thomas Porter (24) a bassoonist from Bangor and Leonie Bluett (24) a clarinettist from Kilkenny – made their debut with the orchestra on our Mexico tour which was attended by the Irish President Michael D Higgins. After playing concerts in a Festival in Guanajuato five of the players made an intrepid journey to a small village. In spite of the fact that few people had heard classical music before, and with the most basic of posters advertising the event, a good crowd turned up at the local church to hear them play. The children were especially interested in how you actually made the sound on a violin!

Camerata also works regularly with major international soloists, many of whom make a special trip to Northern Ireland each summer to perform and give masterclasses for young local musicians as part of our Clandeboye Festival programme.

Camerata’s overseas touring would not be possible without the invaluable support of our public and private partners, including global sponsor Randox Laboratories, Culture Ireland, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Our touring programme provides a fantastic way for local businesses and development agencies to build profile and contacts in key markets overseas, particularly through opportunities for targeted networking. Our concerts, led by world class pianist Barry Douglas, provide an enjoyable and memorable occasion at which to host guests and do business in a relaxed social environment.

We work in close partnership with our funders and sponsors to shine a positive light on Ireland – north and south – by showcasing local talent and creativity on the international stage and championing the importance of investing in education.


If you would like to find out more about our international touring programme and opportunities to get involved, please contact