• “Britain’s most adventurous orchestra”
    The Times
  • ‘One orchestra is leading the way’
    BBC One
  • “The city’s experimental orchestra”
    Manchester Evening News
  • “It doesn’t get much better than this”
    The Independent

We make music
that matters.
We make music
for change.

Manchester Camerata is a registered charity working and performing in Manchester and worldwide since 1972.

Be it opening Glastonbury festival in front of 40,000 people or working intimately in care homes with people living with dementia, we believe in the transformative and connecting nature of music. That connection drives us, and we work with the best creative talent to make this happen.

With our live performances, we play music with no boundaries. From an orchestral rave performed in isolation to over one million people during the Covid-19 pandemic, to touring Mozart in the most beautifully intimate concert halls, or re-imagining classical music with electronic producers at the top of their game, we believe great music is great music and we present this to you at the highest level.

To achieve our artistic excellence and forward-thinking ethos, collaboration is at the heart of everything we do. Led by our visionary Music Director, Gábor Takács-Nagy, we collaborate with diverse international artists, from New Order to Martha Argerich to Aziz Ibrahim to Lewis Capaldi.

The orchestra

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Collaboration is just as evident in our award-winning health and wellbeing work. Our specialist Camerata in the Community team works with world-leading researchers and practitioners in the field of dementia to deliver impactful and meaningful music therapy.

This sector-leading approach has led us to teach best practice in Japan, Taiwan and Sweden with the British Council through years of experience and research in association with the University of Manchester.

Staff & Board

Introducing our staff and board that keep Manchester Camerata breaking the boundaries of what it means to be an orchestra.

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As a charity, we put our communities first.

Our schools programme uses music as a vehicle to help young people thrive personally, academically and socially. We train and upskill teachers and practitioners to embed creative music-making in school life and to ensure its ongoing impact.

As an arts organisation, we are accountable to the communities we serve. Over the last 50 years, we have been on an incredible journey of impact for and with our communities, and we cant wait to see what the next 50 years have in store.

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