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10th July 2017

11th to 19th August
Vive La France!

The Clandeboye Festival next month will be a celebration of all things French with a feast of French artists and composers.

Barry Douglas, Artistic Director of the Clandeboye Festival and Camerata Ireland, and one of the leading performers amongst the international artists at this, the 16th Festival, said:

“It is very exciting for us at the Clandeboye Festival to be welcoming artists from the US/Chile, Russia, England, Scotland and Ireland and this year three leading French musicians; the first winner of the Dublin International Piano Competition, Philippe Cassard, cellist Marc Coppey and pianist Julie Alcaraz. Extended over two weekends we will have evening concerts, afternoon concerts and lunchtime one-hour concerts. We will be concentrating on the music of French composers, and our guest quartet, The Ortus Festival Quartet, will be playing Fauré, Ravel and Debussy.  Each of our concerts will feature more French music including works by Saint-Saëns, Messaien, Franck, Gounod and Poulenc. Once again we have Celtic Orbit with a new set of tunes from these islands and Brittany that I have arranged for Scottish musicians, Catriona McKay and Chris Stout and the wonderful local flautist Eimear McGeown. Eimear is also our soloist at the Closing Gala with Camerata Ireland.

Finally, and not least, I am delighted to welcome the Ulster Orchestra Ensemble who will play a very special programme of music and words associated with Seamus Heaney with musicians led by Ioana Pectu-Colan and narrated by writer Glenn Patterson.

“The Clandeboye Festival is also a homecoming of the all Ireland chamber orchestra, Camerata Ireland. Since the last Festival Camerata has enjoyed great success at home and abroad including tours in China and last month at leading festivals in the South of France.  The Clandeboye Festival is a great chance for music lovers to hear an orchestra of some of the finest musicians in Ireland, many of whom came through our Academy at Clandeboye and I also recommend the concert that our young musicians attending the Academy this year will perform on the 15th August.

“We will also feature the best from young fashion designers, in a fashion by Maureen Martin, accompanied by Camerata Ireland musicians on the 17th August.  All this in a crammed nine days in the charming surroundings of the Courtyard at the Clandeboye Estate outside Bangor, courtesy of Lady Dufferin”.

Concluding his remarks Barry said:

“Once again we are very grateful to our principal funder, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Randox Health, Ards and North Down Borough Council, the Clandeboye Estate and Courtyard, Winemark, Moonlighting and our media partner the Belfast Telegraph and all our volunteers and supporters that make a festival like this possible”.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said,

“The Arts Council is delighted to support the Clandeboye Festival through National Lottery funding.  This Festival continues to offer audiences world-class, international artists alongside an impeccably curated programme of classical music.  It also showcases our most exceptional young musicians, providing them with vital mentorship opportunities.  The Arts Council wish the team at Clandeboye Festival continued success and would encourage everyone to go along and enjoy.”

Tickets are on sale from the Grand Opera House box office see

for further details or phone 028 9024 1919. Tickets also available on the night on the door.

Full details of the programme here

Photos of Festival artists can be found here

For further details on Camerata Ireland see or follow us on twitter at:!/camerataireland!/wbarrydoug

For further information please contact Fiona MacMillan on 07767 250173 or email

Barry Douglas and other Festival artists will be available for interview.

Notes To Editors

  1. The Clandeboye Festival was founded by Barry Douglas in 2002 and is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and supported by Randox Health, Ards and North Down Borough Council, Winemark and the Belfast Telegraph.  Camerata Ireland is supported by Global Sponsor, Randox.
  2. In 1986 Barry Douglas was only the second non-Russian to win the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition outright since the American, Van Cliburn in 1958. Barry Douglas has also been a judge at the prize at the invitation of the chairman, Valery Gergiev.
  3. Tickets for the Clandeboye Festival available from the box office at the Grand Opera House on tel: 028 9024 1919.
  4. 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 Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland and Queen Elizabeth II.