Camerata Ireland Academy, 2020 – 2021

This year, the Camerata Ireland Academy is going online.

Note: The deadline for applications has been extended to 12 noon, Monday, 16 November.

This exciting course will give some of Ireland’s most talented young musicians the opportunity to study with world-class artists, develop their musicianship, and enhance their performance skills.

Over the last twenty years, the Camerata Ireland Academy has helped nurture the talents of almost 300 student musicians. Many alumni progress into successful performance careers as chamber musicians, soloists, and even as orchestral players with Camerata Ireland.

To help keep everyone safe and secure, this year’s Camerata Ireland Academy will work a little differently, so please read all the information below before applying.​

Due to the changing nature of restrictions regarding COVID-19, the plans outlined below may need to adapt in response to evolving government guidelines.​

The Camerata Ireland Academy is open to advanced students aged 16 – 26 (28 for singers) from, or resident, in Ireland – North or South. Some exceptions to these criteria may be made at the discretion of the panel.

​Applications are invited from students studying: piano, violin, viola, cello, woodwind, brass, and voice.​

To apply, please complete an application pack and return it to via WeTransfer.​

Your application pack should consist of:​

  1. A completed application form;
  2. A recent, high-resolution headshot;
  3. A short professional biography (250 words or so);
  4. Your performance CV;
  5. Two contrasting recordings of your playing.

Applications must be submitted by 12 noon, Monday 16 November 2020. Please note that the deadline has been extended.

If you have any queries regarding your application, or on how the course will operate, please get in touch at

Online Masterclasses
Successful applicants will be invited to join Camerata Ireland online for a series of online masterclasses, hosted by some of the world’s leading artists.

Throughout December, January, and February, students will participate in virtual masterclasses alongside their peers. These will be recorded and presented online, allowing students from all over the world to share in your learning.​

Participating students may also have the opportunity to share short self-recorded performances online via our Clandeboye At Home platform.

Recording Session & Digital Concert
After completing the masterclass component of the course, tutors and external adjudicators will select three participants who will be invited to record a concerto (from the Classical period) with the orchestra of Camerata Ireland.

The recording will take place in February 2021 at Clandeboye Estate in County Down.​

The final concert will then be broadcast via the Clandeboye At Home platform later in 2021.​

In addition to this unique recording opportunity, bursaries and prizes may be available for exceptional applicants.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon, Friday 6 November 2020.

For further information and to download an application form, please see