Camerata Ireland have been pushing the boundaries of musical collaboration across the island of Ireland since 1999.


Established by the internationally renowned pianist, Barry Douglas, Camerata Ireland exists to celebrate the incredible musical talents that exude from this small island on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. 

We do this by gathering the finest musicians from across the country and creating opportunities for them to play, perform, and share their collective musical heritage.

The unique and focused sound created by Camerata Ireland is enjoyed by audiences across the globe.  Each year the orchestra performs a range of international engagements, with recent concerts in India, China, Spain, and France.

Closer to home, we're a regular guest at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, performing three concerts across their 2019 - 2020 season in November 2019, January 2020, and May 2020.


We also play regularly at the Kilkenny Arts Festival and New Ross Piano Festival. 


Each August, we present the annual Clandeboye Festival in Bangor, Co. Down - the highlight of our year!  The Clandeboye Festival also plays host to the annual Camerata Ireland Academy for young musicians.  This unique residential study course provides an intensive and immersive training experience for the next generation of Irish musical talent.

Under the direction of Artistic Director, Barry Douglas, Camerata Ireland have recorded the full catalogue of Beethoven's Piano Concerti, as well as his triple concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello. 


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Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow.  The Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule.

In 1999 Barry Douglas founded the chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland to celebrate and nurture the very best of young musicians from both Northern and the Republic of Ireland. In addition to striving for musical excellence, one of the orchestra’s aims is to further the peace process in Ireland by promoting dialogue and collaboration through its musical education programmes. Barry regularly tours with Camerata Ireland throughout the world and visited the US in the spring of 2018. Highlights of past seasons were Camerata Ireland’s debut at the BBC Proms in London and a world premiere of a new cantata commissioned by The Honourable The Irish Society, “At Sixes and Sevens”, alongside the London Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Derry-Londonderry becoming City of Culture 2013.

Barry Douglas received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2002 New Year’s Honours List for services to music.

To find out more about Barry's career, and upcoming performances, please visit his website:



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Camerata Ireland is a registered charity in Northern Ireland, and as such, a Board of Trustees has been appointed to ensure good governance.


Our board members come from all walks of life, including the business, finance, legal, and arts sectors.  They meet at least quarterly and provide a wealth of experience to advise and guide Camerata Ireland, helping us to achieve bigger and better things. 



Ms. Wright, a barrister, joined Northern Ireland Electricity’s (NIE) in-house legal team in September 1976 and remained with NIE/Viridian until 2001. She held a number of senior management posts in the company, including that of Company Secretary and Head of Legal Services.

Ms. Wright holds a number of public appointments in Northern Ireland including Member of the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals, Lay Magistrate and Member of the Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal.


She is also a Director of Springvale Training Ltd and Co-operation Ireland Ltd and is a Trustee of Garfield Weston Trust, University of Ulster.

She has previously served as Commissioner for the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, as a Council Member of the University of Ulster, and as a Trustee of the Bytes project.

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Ellvena is a Non-Executive Chairman and Director working across a number of different sectors in UK & Ireland.  She has over 30 years experience in Banking, most recently at Executive Management level within Ulster Bank, where she was the Head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland & Managing Director of SME Banking across the island of Ireland.  Ellvena has global experience within the wider RBS Group, having managed large scale Operations in EMEA for Royal Bank of Scotland.

Ellvena embarked on a portfolio career in 2015 and holds a number of private and public sector roles.  She is Chairman of the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), one of the major state-owned utilities in Ireland, with generation assets in NI, Great Britain & Ireland.

Ellvena is also Chairman of the Belfast Waterfront & Ulster Hall (Conference & entertainment venues), is President of the NI Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Chairman of the Economic Advisory Group (EAG) in Northern Ireland.  She is a member of the Senate (governing body) of Queen’s University Belfast and a member of the Prince’s Trust Council in NI.

She was awarded the OBE in the 2018 New Year Honour’s List, for Contribution to the Economy and the Advancement of Women in Business.

She was previously a Board member of Barretstown, a charity helping children with serious illnesses, up until June 2012, and a member of the Advisory Board of Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in Ireland until 2016.




Michael d’Arcy is a concert violinist and professor of violin performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has been the concertmaster of Camerata Ireland since it was formed in 1999, and has also been the concertmaster of both the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, and the RTE Concert Orchestra. He has performed throughout the world as soloist and chamber musician. He was a member of the board of Opera Theatre Company in Dublin for many years. 

Further information can be found at www.michaeldarcy.com




Rosemary O’Mahony was a partner with Accenture, where she spent 28 years between the Dublin, Chicago and Paris offices.   She specialised in Information Technology (IT) solutions and worked with clients in over 20 countries.   Rosemary had global responsibilities for Accenture’s technology practice, including management of the technology research office in Sophia Antipolis, France.  


After her retirement from Accenture, Rosemary was an Executive Advisor to Fujitsu Services from June, 2008 to December, 2009.  Rosemary has used her professional experience of 30 years in consulting to help charities and social enterprises in both the UK and France.  In the UK, she has assisted IntoUniversity and the Prince’s Youth Business International (YBI) with the implementation of new IT systems.  In the case of YBI, Rosemary has also led the re-design of its accreditation process for its programmes in some 40 countries around the world.  


She is Chairman of the Board of OneWorld UK, an organisation that exploits web-based and mobile technologies to develop solutions for disadvantaged populations in developing countries. 


Rosemary is a member of the Board of “1001 fontaines”, a French charity that creates social enterprises to provide clean drinking water to improve the health of isolated rural villagers in developing countries.



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