Manchester Camerata Announce Founding Members Of New Business Network

Posted on February 28, 2014

Manchester Camerata is delighted to announce the support of the founding five members of Camerata Connect – its new business network aimed at diversifying income streams for the orchestra and increasing corporate engagement. North West based companies Barlows (UK) LtdRalli Solicitors, Trust IVUKFast and Vernon Violins have already signed up to the club, which launched in January.ARTIST GIOVANNI GUZZO

Manchester Camerata takes inspiration from the Florentine Camerata – a 16th Century group of musicians, poets, intellectuals and business leaders who met to engage with, guide and support the arts. Camerata Connect is a reawakening of the Florentine Camerata, and an innovative way of an orchestra engaging with the corporate sector.

Adrian Anderson, Partner at Ralli Solicitors said: “I first experienced Manchester Camerata at the Christmas concert in Manchester Cathedral and I was very impressed with the imaginative treatment of the music they performed that night – they are a credit to Manchester. At Ralli we like to support people who put the city on the map and we are proud to be part of Camerata Connect.”

Paul Parsons, Owner of Vernon Violins said: “I have known Bob Riley, CEO of Manchester Camerata  as a friend and client for many years. I have witnessed at first hand the hard work and dedication that Bob and his team have put in to taking the Camerata to its’ highest level of professional music making yet. It is a pleasure, as a Violin restorer and dealer to be associated with the Camerata Business Network, helping to support a world class ensemble and one which puts Manchester on the map for outstanding music making.”

As part of Camerata Connect, Camerata will host an annual networking event. This prestigious event will be an opportunity for members to meet like-minded businesses, develop client relationships and enjoy an exclusive, bespoke performance by Camerata’s principal musicians and special guests.

Gordon Appleby, Technical Director of Trust IV said: “We were extremely impressed by the vision of Camerata Connect and are looking forward to supporting the orchestra during this exciting time.”

David Barlow, Managing Director of Barlows (UK) said “Barlows (UK) Ltd are pleased to support Camerata Connect and look forward to taking key clients and employees to see this energetic and stunning orchestra.”

Lawrence Jones, long-term Camerata supporter and UKFast CEO said: “We are delighted to be supporting Camerata Connect. I am a strong believer in music and the arts naturally bringing people together and this initiative is an opportunity to nurture Manchester’s exceptional business community and inspire people across the city.

“We look forward to hosting Camerata Connect events in our new auditorium at UKFast Campus, which was launched in incomparable style last year with a rehearsal session by the Camerata.”

Camerata Connect benefits include:
– Invitation to exclusive annual networking event, including money-can’t buy entertainment and drinks
– Opportunities to network at Manchester Camerata concert VIP receptions
– 20 tickets to use over the season
– VIP treatment at concerts, including pre-concert drinks, VIP area and Camerata team to greet you on arrival
– Meet and greet our orchestra’s principal players
– Company logo featured on Camerata’s website, annual season brochure, e-newsletter and executive email to North West business leaders
– Discounted ticket offers throughout the year for employees (up to 40%)
– Priority information, including advanced notification of the season programme

Any business interested in joining Camerata Connect should contact Camerata’s Head of Corporate Partnerships, Claire Barlow on E: or T: 0161 226 8696.

UK Fast

Trust IV

Ralli Solicitors


Vernon Violins