Manchester Camerata has been
bringing live music to a wide audience for more than
thirty years and has established an enviable reputation
as one of the UK’s most distinguished orchestras.
Douglas Boyd, one of today’s
most exciting young conductors, is in his third season
as the Orchestra’s dynamic Artistic Director and
Principal Conductor. Nicholas Kraemer, the highly respected
Baroque specialist, is Principal Guest Conductor and
has been associated with the Orchestra for more than
Based in England’s North
West, Manchester Camerata is chamber orchestra in residence
at Manchester’s prestigious Bridgewater Hall and
also presents an annual series at the Royal Northern
College of Music. It gives concerts throughout the region
and beyond. Bradford, Dewsbury, Hanley, Huddersfield,
Leeds, Shrewsbury and Ulverston are some of the towns
in which the Orchestra will be performing this season
and it also enjoys regular residencies in Cheshire,
Lancashire and Staffordshire.
Manchester Camerata aspires
to work with outstanding artists; soloists appearing
with the Orchestra this season include John Lill, Ralph
Kirshbaum, Jennifer Pike, Steven Osborne, Martin Roscoe,
Kiri Te Kanawa and Lesley Garrett.
The Orchestra’s repertoire
spans 5 centuries and it is equally at home performing
Baroque classics, the great Classic symphonies and concertos
and more recent music from the 20th and 21st century
Off-stage, the Orchestra has
developed a pioneering programme of education and outreach
activities. The aim is to extend opportunities for learning
and appreciation of music throughout the community.
Each year, its musicians deliver more than 200 events
involving 10,000 people of all abilities, through schools,
colleges, community centres and youth clubs.
The Orchestra’s name
was inspired by a 16th century group of artists called
the Florentine Camerata who met to share ideas and discuss
the arts. Their spirit of friendship inspires Manchester
Camerata’s approach to music making.
a young, enthusiastic and rarely gifted musician.’
Manchester Evening News
and quality of performance.’
enjoyed doing all the activities with the Orchestra
and I liked singing and hearing Beethoven – it
was really fun!’
Audience Member, Schools Concert
for the children was exceptional. It meant so much for
us. We observed children who normally find it difficult
to concentrate totally absorbed. Many more children
should experience the kinds of workshops that you have
to offer.’ Manchester teacher.