Nurturing the next generation of Irish talent is one of our main goals.


Since our inception in 1999, we've helped launch the

careers of over 300 musicians,

many of whom have gone on to successful performance careers as soloists, orchestral players, and chamber musicians.


  We run a series of programmes designed to give students unique musical opportunities.

We are now accepting applications for our 20th Anniversary Camerata Ireland Academy.



We also collaborate with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and TU Dublin. 

Our side-by-side course welcomes selected students from these 2 wonderful music colleges to join Camerata Ireland for a range of rehearsals and concerts throughout the academic year.

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In Association With

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In last year's Academy we were so excited to listen to the talents of 3 of our very talented young musicians. They were Richard Thomas (violin), Fiachra de Hora (viola) and Peter Regan (piano).

This exciting course- applications opening today 7th January 2022 - gives some of Ireland's most talented young musicians the opportunity to study with world-class artists, develop their musicianship, and enhance their performance skills.

Over the last twenty years, the Camerata Ireland Academy has helped nurture the talents of almost 300 student musicians. Many alumni progress into successful performance careers as chamber musicians, soloists, and even as orchestral players with Camerata Ireland.

To help us keep everyone safe and secure, last year's Camerata Ireland Academy was a little different - everything was online - this year will also be online.

Due to the changing nature of restrictions regarding COVID-19, the plans outlined below may need to adapt in response to evolving government guidelines.

If you have any queries regarding a Festival application, or on how the course will operate, please get in touch.

Clandeboye Festival - Camerata Ireland Academy 2021

The Camerata Ireland Academy is open to:


  • Advanced students aged 16 - 26  (28 for singers)

  • Students from or resident in Ireland - North or South. 

Some exceptions to these criteria may be made at the discretion of the panel

Applications will be invited from the following :

  • Piano

  • Violin

  • Viola

  • Cello

  • Woodwind

  • Brass

  • Voice​​

Successful applicants will be invited to join us either at Clandeboye or online for a series of masterclasses, hosted by some of the world's leading artists. this will depend on government restrictions due to the Covid situation.

Camerata Ireland Academy Recording Session & Digital Concert

March 2021

After completing the masterclass component of the course, our tutors and external adjudicators selected three participants who were invited to record a concerto (from the Classical period) with the orchestra of Camerata Ireland. 

The recording took place in March 2021 at Clandeboye Estate in Co. Down. 

This final concert was broadcast via our Clandeboye At Home platform.

In addition to this unique recording opportunity, bursaries and prizes may be available for exceptional applicants.