Camerata Ireland


In the 2019/20 season Camerata Ireland celebrates its 20th anniversary and has been presenting top class chamber music performances at home in Ireland and abroad for two decades. 

Camerata Ireland – New Ross Piano Festival 2019 – Photo Frances Marshall)

Camerata Ireland brings together the finest Irish musicians to celebrate the wealth of musical talent from within the island of Ireland, and has in its creator and Artistic Director, Barry Douglas, an artist who imbues the orchestra members with an energy and passion for performance and engages audiences from the first to the last note. The orchestra comprises young musicians who are in the early stages of their professional careers and established musicians who perform with the Camerata Ireland orchestra as well as other leading orchestras and ensembles across Europe.

The orchestra has gained an international reputation for excellence. Camerata Ireland has given performances throughout the USA and Europe, and in Asia.  Recent touring highlights in 2018 include, China in December, Spain in November, the Naantali Musik Festival in Finland in June, the NCPA in Mumbai, India in April and Paris and Versailles, France in March.

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 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. 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. Camerata Ireland is proud to have as its joint patrons HRH Queen Elizabeth II and President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins.


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