Welcome to Clandeboye

Unfortunately, due to the impact of COVID-19,
The Clandeboye Festival did not take place in 2020.
We will announce our plans shortly for the 2021 Festival.

In August each year, Camerata Ireland return to our home at Clandeboye Estate for a jam packed festival of music making.

Under the careful direction of Barry Douglas, some of the finest artists from across the globe gather in the surroundings of the 19th century grounds to collaborate, teach, and perform.

During the festival, we also run the Camerata Ireland Academy.

This intensive one-week course gives Ireland's brightest student musicians the opportunity to learn from our top soloists, play concerts together, and compete for a range of bursaries to further their musical studies.

Clandeboye Festival 2020

COVID-19 Update

Like our friends and colleagues across the arts sector, we at Camerata Ireland are currently facing the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19, and its impact on live performances.

Therefore, it is with a heavy heart, that we must inform you that 
this year’s Clandeboye Festival will not be taking place, due to the impact of COVID-19.  


Applications for the Camerata Ireland Academy at Clandeboye have also been suspended - however, students interested in applying for the academy should register their interest using the dedicated students sign up form below.

Despite the challenges that face us all, we are thrilled to present Clandeboye At Home, an online festival you can view on-demand from the safety and comfort of your own home.  This special digital festival features the orchestra of Camerata Ireland & Barry Douglas in all five of Beethoven's magnificent piano concertos. 

For now, all of us at Camerata Ireland wish you safety, and good health until we can enjoy live music safely, together again. 

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Although we can't play live this August, we're busily planning some exciting for this summer. 

We'll drop you an email when we're unveiling our plans.


Camerata Ireland Academy

Sadly, our usual residential course at Clandeboye wont be possible this summer.  Despite this, we're hoping to launch an alternative Academy programme which will run during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

If you were considering applying to the academy this summer, please sign up to our dedicated students mailing list below, for an update on our new academy plans.

Camerata Ireland Academy 2020
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We'll drop you an email when our 2020-2021 Academy is accepting applications.


Camerata Ireland Academy

Each year at the Clandeboye Festival we invite a number of young musicians to take part in the Camerata Ireland Academy.

The festival offers an opportunity for young musicians to work with the Artists-In-Residence as they teach, rehearse and perform in the beautiful surroundings of the Clandeboye Estate just outside Belfast.

Applications are invited from students of:

  • Piano

  • Violin

  • Viola

  • Cello

  • Wind

  • Brass

  • Voice

Over 200 young people have taken part in the Camerata Ireland Academy over the years, many of them going on to play with the orchestra on international tours and others performing at the Festival each year.