Hailed by the press for its “enthralling performances” that “brim with musicality” and the “sensuality, charm and impulse of the best world-level ensembles,” Camerata Ireland brings Irish musicians together from all over the world to celebrate Ireland, its music-making and the wealth of Irish musical talent that abounds in Ireland and beyond. The 40-piece chamber orchestra is under the artistic and musical direction of acclaimed pianist Barry Douglas, and is entirely comprised of exceptionally talented Irish musicians, many of whom also play in top positions in other premier orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the RTE Orchestras and the Ulster Orchestra. Camerata Ireland is honored to have the joint patronage of Mary McAleese, President of Ireland and HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
Camerata Ireland gave its inaugural concerts in April 1999 at Stormont Parliament Buildings in Belfast and in Dublin Castle. Both concerts were presented in association with Co-operation Ireland, the leading charity working to bring a lasting peace to the island of Ireland, which inspired Barry Douglas to create the ensemble.
Camerata Ireland enjoys an active touring schedule, and has presented concerts on four continents, including performances in China, Poland, England, France, Italy and Germany, among others. Their critically acclaimed tour of South America, with concerts in Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina marked the first Irish classical music ensemble to visit those countries. The ensemble made its second tour of the United States in the 2005/06 season, with concerts in New York, California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. Highlights of their domestic tours included concerts at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, which marked the final performance of the 1999 International Belfast Arts Festival, and a gala performance to celebrate the new Cultural Centre in Armagh, the historic and ecclesiastical center of Ireland.
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