Camerata Ireland is proud to present the 2022 Clandeboye Festival, which will take place from Saturday 20th to Saturday 27th August in the historic surroundings of the Clandeboye Estate, Bangor. Over 13 concerts, the Festival will showcase the very best of well-loved music by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and more, with performances from world-class musicians, including regular artists Michael d'Arcy and Elina Vähälä (violin), Ed Creedon (viola), Henri Demarquette cello), Ailish Tynan (soprano), Michel Lethiec (clarinet), Richard Watkins (horn), Eimear McGeown (flute), Justine Gormley (piano), and all-Ireland orchestra Camerata Ireland, along with many special guests.
The Festival’s Artistic Director, Barry Douglas, notes, ‘After 2 years of the drama and tragedy of Covid, we are now in renewal mode and that is why the theme this year is “Renewal and Renaissance”. This will be a special and important occasion, packed with great music and great artists.’
Central to the ethos of Camerata Ireland is the nurturing and support of young musicians from across this island, and an important part of the Clandeboye Festival each year is the Camerata Ireland Academy, in which talented young musicians from all over the island take part in masterclasses with the visiting artists. While masterclasses continue to be online this year, the 2022 Festival will showcase several young musicians who took part in the Academy in 2021, including oboist Ben Gannon, pianist Stan O’Beirne, and Sam Kane, violinist and former leader of the Ulster Youth Orchestra from Co. Armagh.
Douglas adds, ‘for so many of our young artists, the Academy has been a springboard for successful professional careers. It gives me great pleasure to invite these musicians back to Clandeboye to perform as professionals in their own right - this year, for example, we have the fantastic young pianist Justine Gormley from Belfast performing in 6 concerts!’
Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music and Opera at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland notes, “Camerata Ireland’s commitment to developing musicians and musicianship across the island of Ireland, through the Camerata Ireland Academy, ensures that the Clandeboye Festival remains one of the principal showcases for some of our most exciting emerging young talent. As principal funder, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland is proud of our long association with Camerata Ireland and with this very special celebration of chamber music, in the intimate surroundings of the Clandeboye Estate.”
All concerts will take place in The Courtyard, Clandeboye Estate, Bangor BT19 1RN. Free parking is available at Clandeboye Estate, and lunch is available to purchase from 12-2pm each day. The bar will be open for evening performances. Tickets are available to purchase from the Grand Opera House box office, www.goh.co.uk