About Manchester Camerata

‘Probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra’ (The Times)
and a Registered Charity, Manchester Camerata has a restless ambition to redefine what an orchestra can do.

The only orchestra to carry the city’s name, Camerata has the spirit of Manchester running through its veins. We pop up in all sorts of places – from concert halls to car parks – and collaborate with artists as diverse as classical superstar Martha Argerich and the Hacienda DJs. We like to take risks. Last year, we blindfolded the audience in a multi-sensory experience at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Our pioneering Camerata in the Community programme is at the heart of our redefining ambitions. Our work covers three specialist areas – schoolshealth and wellbeing, and our youth programme – and is backed by academic research, which shows the real impact of what we do.


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

Excellence, Partnership/Collaboration, Creativity, Accessibility, Commitment

Our Ambitions by 2018
- Perform to 500,000 people
- Collaborate with 20 of the world’s most exceptional artists
- Work with 90,000 people of all ages in the community across schools, health and wellbeing, and our youth programme, including 3,000 people living with dementia


The great Hungarian musician Gábor Takács-Nagy is in his fifth season as Music Director and is signed until 2019. Listening to Camerata with Gábor at the helm is to experience music in high definition. By 2018, Gábor will have led us into a new artistic partnership model. These diverse and extraordinary artists will lead the orchestra into uncharted musical territory, challenging and developing what we do, and bringing opportunities to help us achieve our ambitions. With Gábor as lead partner, 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.


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. Our health and wellbeing work is growing, and so is the research behind it. In partnership with The University of Manchester and Lancaster University, Camerata PhD, Robyn Dowlen, is pioneering a tool to measure ‘in-the-moment’ embodied experiences for people living with dementia – a new field of study.



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Principal supporters of Manchester Camerata include Arts Council England, the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities and Manchester City Council. We have a number of generous partners and supporters, including Media Partner Manchester Evening News, Manchester City FC and Caffè Nero, and invite new organisations and individuals to join and support our journey. 

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