Camerata Ireland

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Camerata Ireland is a chamber orchestra founded by pianist Barry Douglas. They held their first concert in May 1999 with concerts at the Parliament Buildings in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the State Apartments in Dublin. The joint Patrons of Camerata Ireland are Mary McAleese President of Ireland and Queen Elizabeth II.

The orchestra is led by co-founder, Barry Douglas.[1] Camerata Ireland brings together musicians who live in Ireland and Irish musicians who play and work abroad.

Camerata Ireland has an annual residency at Clandeboye, Bangor, County Down, in late August each year. This is an event that allows 15 young musicians to have intensive masterclasses with Barry Douglas and other musicians. The winner is awarded the Accenture Young Musician of the year award.

During 2007 Camerata Ireland had performed in London, Paris, Dublin and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland programme. There are plans to perform in Madrid, Rome and Berlin. It also has an annual residency at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, one of only two foreign orchestras to do so. Their third recording, of a set of Beethoven piano concertos, was released later in 2007.[2]

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  1. ^ Tom Huizenga (2007-03-26). "Camerata Ireland Shoots for the 'Peak'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  2. ^ Linda McKee (2007-08-21). "Pianist highlights ideas for Clandeboye event". The Belfast Telegraph. p. 5.