Glastonbury openers, UK Ensemble of the Year (RPS Music Awards 2017) and ‘Probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra’ (The Times) – Manchester Camerata is redefining what an orchestra can do.
Famous for innovation, we pop up in all sorts of places, from concert halls to care homes, and collaborate with a spectrum of artists, from classical superstars like Martha Argerich to iconic band, New Order. We opened the coveted Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury last year with our collaboration with the Hacienda DJs. Our Music Director and conductor, Gábor Takács-Nagy, is one of the finest musicians on the planet, and a magnet for international artists. A Registered Charity, we’re at the forefront of music-led dementia research, and our pioneering community programme helps to promote social change in our communities.
Our Vision, Purposes & Values
Redefine what an orchestra can do.
We exist to create inspiring experiences through music that connect with everyone every time and promote social change in our community.
Artistic excellence, innovation, collaboration and diversity.
The great Hungarian musician Gábor Takács-Nagy is in his eight season as Music Director and is signed until 2019. This season, Gábor and the orchestra will continue to push the boundaries of classical music through the alchemy of pioneering artistic partnerships that will form the nucleus of innovation at Camerata. These artists will be embedded in the city of Manchester, curating programmes for you, our audience.
Exceptional violinist Adi Brett was appointed Leader in 2014. Adi plays a 1752 Guadagnini violin, kindly on loan to the orchestra by Jonathan Moulds CBE, one of the UK’s most inspirational philanthropists.
We bear the name of Manchester consciously and believe passionately in making music with the community of which we are a vital part. Our Camerata in the Community programme is not about learning music – it’s about using music to enable people to make positive change in their own lives.
We are developing ground-breaking research and evaluation to measure the impact of our work, highlighting the quality of our projects for people with dementia, other mental health issues and young people in schools across the North. In partnership with The University of Manchester, Camerata PhD Robyn Dowlen is pioneering a tool to measure the ‘in-the-moment’ impacts of our work for people with dementia – a new field of study. We are leaders in sharing best practice across the globe – recently visiting Japan to share our unique approach in music therapy with care homes in Osaka.
- Alex Mitchell - Principal
- Rachel Jones
- Graham Morris
- Barbara Grunthal
- Hannah Roberts - Principal
- Diane Clarke
- Daniel Storer - Principal Double Bass
- Sarah Whewell
- Amina Cunningham - Principal Flute
- Mary Gilbert
- Rachael Clegg - Principal Oboe
- Lynne Racz
- Fiona Cross - Principal Clarinet
- Rachel Whibley
- Ben Hudson - Principal Bassoon
- Mark Bennett
- Naomi Atherton - Principal Horn
- Tracey Redfern - Principal Trumpet
- Janet Fulton - Principal Percussion