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The Camerata Ireland Academy is a young artist development programme founded by world-renowned pianist Barry Douglas to provide tuition and performance opportunities for Ireland and Northern Ireland’s most talented young musicians. It takes place each year in August during the Clandeboye Festival, in the Clandeboye Estate, Co. Down. This year, the dates for the Camerata Ireland Academy are 15th-20th August 2024. Up to 12 exceptional young musicians will be selected to attend, where they will work with international guest artists in masterclasses and rehearsals, performing in the Young Musicians Showcase Gala on Tuesday 20th August. Full scholarships are available to attend, including tuition and full board, thanks to the generous support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Dufferin Foundation and private donations.. Accommodation is on a shared basis in Dendron Lodge, Clandeboye Estate.


We are delighted to announce that the following musicians will be tutors for the 2024 Camerata Ireland Academy:

VIOLIN - Mihaela Martin

VIOLA - Ed Creedon

CELLO - Arto Noras

WOODWIND - Michel Lethiec

VOICE - Ailish Tynan

BRASS - Richard Watkins

PIANO - Barry Douglas


Applications are welcome from advanced musicians aged 18-26 (28 for singers) who are from or living in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Applications are invited from the following instruments: piano, violin, viola, cello, woodwind (any instrument), brass (any instrument), voice. Please note that a maximum of 2 places will be available in each category.


Applications for the Camerata Ireland Academy are by video audition and must be submitted by 31st May 2024 at 5pm to Please read the guidance notes carefully before submitting your application.

“It was a real help to me professionally, particularly at the difficult transitional stage from study to working professionally.”

Camerata Ireland Academy Participant

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