ABOUT CAMERATA IRELAND
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.
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.
Barry Douglas has just been awarded one the UK's highest honours - CBE. He has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow. The Founder and 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 2002,
and the CBE in HM The Queen's New Years Honours List 2021.
To find out more about Barry's career, and upcoming performances, please visit his website:
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
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.
We are very happy to announce 2 new Trustees, Roger Pollen and Kieran Tobin.