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Manchester Camerata

Founded: 1970

Artistic Director & Principal Conductor:
Douglas Boyd

Principal Guest Conductor:
Nicholas Kraemer

Richard Howarth

Joanna Hartley

General Manager:
Gavin Reid

Zion Arts Centre
Stretford Road, Manchester, M15 5ZA

Telephone: 0161 226 8696
Fax:0161 226 8600

Manchester Camerata

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 20 years.

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 chamber repertoire.

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.

‘Boyd is a young, enthusiastic and rarely gifted musician.’
Manchester Evening News

‘Sheer polish and quality of performance.’
The Guardian

‘I really enjoyed doing all the activities with the Orchestra and I liked singing and hearing Beethoven – it was really fun!’
Audience Member, Schools Concert

‘The experience 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.


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