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 Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury this 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.

Glastonbury Openers!

WE OPENED GLASTONBURY!!! How cool is that?

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Where we are now


RPS Music Awards

Giving back to the community

Members of Manchester Camerata have been encouraging residents at Station House Care Home in Crewe to play instruments to stimulate their minds.

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Growing our audience

50% Audience growth watch and learn world

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50% Audience Growth


A year of change

Changing up

From adding 3 new board members to performing an opera on a canal a lot happened in 2014

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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.