‘Probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra’ (The Times)

Manchester Camerata will present an Austro-Hungarian themed programme including works by Bartók.


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, the orchestra pops up in all sorts of places, from concert halls to care homes, and collaborates with a spectrum of artists, from classical superstars like Martha Argerich to iconic band, New Order. The orchestra opened the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury last year with its collaboration with the Hacienda DJs. Camerata’s 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, Manchester Camerata is at the forefront of music-led dementia research, and its pioneering community programme helps to promote social change in its communities.


The great Hungarian musician Gábor Takács-Nagy is in his seventh 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, the 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.


Camerata bears the name of Manchester consciously and believes passionately in making music with the community of which they are a vital part. The orchestra’s 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. Camerata is developing ground-breaking research and evaluation to measure the impact of its work, highlighting the quality of the 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 the orchestra’s work for people with dementia – a new field of study. Camerata is a leader in sharing best practice across the globe – recently visiting Japan to share its unique approach in music therapy with care homes in Osaka.


Principal supporters of Manchester Camerata include Arts Council England, the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities and Manchester City Council. The orchestra has a number of generous partners and supporters, including Media Partner Manchester Evening News, and invites new organisations and individuals to support its journey. www.manchestercamerata.co.uk/supportus


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