Supported by Randox, Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland a roaring success as they perform in India’s National Centre for Performing Arts

Supported by Randox, Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland a roaring success as they perform in India’s National Centre for Performing Arts

Supported by Global Sponsor Randox Laboratories, internationally renowned pianist and Gold Medal winner at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition Barry Douglas returned to India last night with Camerata Ireland. Barry founded Camerata Ireland in 1999 with a vision to create a chamber orchestra of excellence to match the best in the world. Since its formation the group has travelled the world to wide critical acclaim.

Over Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th April 2018, Camerata Ireland and Barry Douglas performed all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Douglas as pianist and conductor to wide critical acclaim. Taking place in the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, the concerts marked Randox Laboratories’ commitment to the Indian market and supported the continued development of their manufacturing and R&D facilities in Bangalore.

Managing Director of Randox Laboratories, Dr Peter FitzGerald, commented;

Randox, now celebrating over 36 years of innovation in healthcare diagnostics, is proud of its association with Barry Douglas & Camerata Ireland. As global sponsors we salute this all-Ireland organisation which has a tremendous international reputation, provides world class performances, commits to the development and improvement of the next generation and brings true energy and innovation to their field.

We at Randox truly value this partnership with Barry Douglas & Camerata Ireland as, in our field of endeavour, we strive to improve healthcare and extend life across the globe. Our energies and skills are focused upon the development and provision of world-leading Research and Development in heath diagnostics. We are passionate about what we do and are committed to better healthcare for all which not only improves global healthcare but will significantly extend lives. We believe that innovative diagnostics, with increasingly preventative capabilities, hold the key to improved healthcare for the future.

Randox has four key international sites – in Antrim, Northern Ireland; Dungloe, Ireland; West Virginia in the US and Bangalore, India. Based among other high-tech industries in the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, Randox’s base in India is a hub for not only world-leading diagnostic research, but also a base for the many Randox sales, logistics, administration and finance teams who service the Indian market.

Barry Douglas, founder of Camerata Ireland, also commented on the historic trip;

“I’m thrilled to be back in India and to be able to bring Camerata Ireland with me. Music connects us all universally and transcends gender, nationality, race and orientation. We are excited to bring our own special taste of Ireland to India and be able to share in this experience with Randox Laboratories, who continue to help the growth and development of our orchestra. We couldn’t have achieved our internationally-acclaimed reputation without them.”

Paul Turnbull, Global Business Manager at Randox, said of the company’s continued investment in the Indian market;

“Randox have been providing the highest quality In-Vitro Diagnostic products into the Indian market for over 20 years. As a business we are very excited about the next 12 months in particular as our business continues to expand and we invest in growing the team at our India base. We continue to build on our world-leading International EQA scheme RIQAS, our niche and high performance reagents, and over the coming months we will be adding revolutionary molecular diagnostic products to our portfolio. Randox continues to lead global diagnostic innovation in one of the world’s fastest growing and most quality-conscious markets.”

    For more information on Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland please contact the Randox PR team at



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    Randox looks east to develop new business relationships

    Representatives from global medical diagnostics firm Randox Laboratories have been reaching out to business partners in Russia this week, by accompanying world-renowned pianist Barry Douglas to his performance with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia and its conductor Alexander Lazarev, at the Moscow Conservatory.

    The healthcare company, which has headquarters in County Antrim, is the global sponsor of Barry Douglas and his Camerata Ireland orchestra. The partnership allows Randox to deliver on its commitment to showcase the wide variety of talent on the island of Ireland to a global audience – both through the arts and also through its own scientific expertise.

     Mark Campbell, Senior Manager at Randox Laboratories, commented;

    “Accompanying the talented Barry Douglas to Russia allows Randox the opportunity to simultaneously support the promotion of our talented Irish musicians, while also strengthening key business relationships and promoting exports. 

    “We are proud to promote Northern Ireland to Russia as not only a country of rich musical heritage, but also an innovative and technologically advanced country continually investing in R&D, with a highly skilled manufacturing workforce.  We have been exporting to the health sector in Russia for over 20 years and we look forward to nurturing these business relationships and developing new ones.”

    Barry Douglas, Founder and Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland, and winner of the 1986 International Tchaikovksy Competition, a classical music competition held every four years in Moscow, said;

    “It is such an honour to be able to take to the stage in Moscow with the exceptionally talented Alexander Lazarev and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra. It is particularly meaningful for me to be back in the city where I made my name, in 1986. It is thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, particularly our global sponsor Randox, that I and my fellow musicians are able to continue doing what we love.”

    Barry Douglas performed with The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia on Wednesday 6th September 2017 in The Great Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

    For further information about Randox in Russia please contact Randox PR on 028 9445 1016 or email

    Camerata, Harmony North and Codetta prove a terrific trio at US performance

    Randox accompanied a group of musicians from across Northern Ireland and Ireland to Washington DC this weekend, for a world-class musical performance.

    World-renowned chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland, the Harmony North choir, a cross-community choir made up of 9 post-primary school choirs from across North Belfast and the Codetta choir from Derry / Londonderry travelled to the US to perform on Saturday 21 May. The event took place in the Eisenhower Theater in America’s National Cultural Centre, The John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, Washington DC.

    The Codetta and Harmony North Choirs, and the Camerata Ireland orchestra, supported by global sponsor Randox, included in their performance a specially commissioned piece of music called ‘Dusty Bluebells’ – written by the poet Michael Longley, and Camerata founder and director Barry Douglas – on Saturday evening as part of the Centre’s International Festival, focusing on Irish arts and culture.  The event also marked the world premiere of Olagon, a piece of music written by Belfast composter Neil Martin, and played by Dublin piper Mark Redmond, on the uilleann pipes.

    Speaking ahead of the event, Barry Douglas, Founder and Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland, whose joint patrons are Her Majesty The Queen and the President of Ireland, said

    “It is a real honour for Camerata Ireland to be asked to take part in this Festival with musical talent from both North and South. And I am doubly thrilled that we were able to accommodate my suggestion of being joined by the young people of the Harmony North choir.

    Performances like this are only possible with the generous support of private sponsors, particularly our global sponsor Randox, and we are delighted to continue our partnership with them. I also have to thank the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Bureau and Tourism Ireland for their generous financial assistance and help enabling us to attend this event.”

    Barry and Eimear McGeown, a flautist from Craigavon, also performed at events in the Boston Public Library and the American Irish Historical Society in New York, attended by Randox guests on this recent trip to the US.

    Randox Managing Director Dr. Peter FitzGerald, commented:

    “We are very pleased to have been able to accompany Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland at events in Washington, New York and Boston this week. To see our young musicians, including the young members of the exceptionally gifted Harmony North choir, showcase our musical heritage and talent to American audiences, makes us extremely proud.  Our partnership with Camerata allows Randox the opportunity to promote client relationships and exports to the USA whilst simultaneously supporting the very best of our young musicians in their careers.”

    Harmony North has been supported in their first year by the Integrated Education fund, Mr Tony Carson, the Belfast Trust for Integrated Education and the support of the schools, staff and parents of all the participating schools.

    Mark Redmond, Barry Douglas, Eimear McGeown & Neil Martin
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    Piper Mark Redmond and flautist Eimear McGeown enjoying a toast at the Kennedy Centre (Washington DC)
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    Ambassador of Ireland to the United States Anne Anderson, Randox MD Dr. Peter FitzGerald & Dr. Deborah Brosnan (back) Dr. Rita Colwell & Dr. Jack Colwell, Uni of Maryland (front)

    Randox & Camerata Ireland hitting a high note in Paris

    Last night (19TH May, 2015), in what was a unique collaboration, Randox and Camerata Ireland took part in a very special musical event, in one of the most beautiful and prestigious addresses in Paris. Four musicians selected by Artistic Director, world renowned pianist Barry Douglas, performed at the British Ambassador’s Residence, also known as the Hôtel de Charost; the palatial edifice, bought by the Duke of Wellington in 1814. Camerata Ireland is an all-Ireland organisation, supported by joint patrons; Her Majesty the Queen and President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. As such, it was fitting that the event was hosted by both the British Ambassador to France, Sir Peter Ricketts and Irish Ambassador to France, Geraldine Byrne Nason.

    150 specially invited guests, including some of France’s leading scientists and clinicians attended the concert, which is part of a series of events, marking the 15th anniversary season of Camerata Ireland. Founded in 1999, by Tchaikovsky Gold Medal winner, Barry Douglas, Camerata Ireland brings together the finest musicians from Ireland – North and South; to present a new and positive image of Ireland and to create a distinctive sound that comes from the orchestra members’ shared musical heritage. As Global Sponsor, Randox has supported Camerata Ireland’s vision for almost a decade.

    Speaking after last night’s recital Barry Douglas, Artistic Director said:

    “We are all immensely proud of the work of our all-island orchestra, Camerata Ireland over the past 15 years. We feel very privileged to enjoy the joint patronage of HM the Queen and President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins. We are honoured to have the support of the British and Irish Ambassadors in Paris, and we thank them for their warm welcome at this event. We also want to thank our wonderful Global Sponsor, Randox, who have made our tours and work with young musicians possible through their generous support”.

    Sir Peter Ricketts, British Ambassador to France said:

    “This was an evening which reflected all the warmth in the relationship between the United Kingdom and Ireland. I am delighted that it brought together such a wide range of people to enjoy the magic of Camerata’s music and thanks to Randox’s generosity.”

    Geraldine Byrne Nason, Irish Ambassador to France said:

    “I was delighted to join the British Ambassador to co-host this evening’s concert to celebrate the fifteenth birthday of Camerata Ireland. It is fitting that we jointly celebrate with friends from across the island of Ireland and with our neighbours. With sincere appreciation for Camerata’s Global Sponsor, Randox”.

    As well as highlighting musical talent, the event was a platform for Randox to promote its ground-breaking diagnostic tests and technology, allowing its experts to network with some of France’s pre-eminent pathologists, cardiologists and life-scientists, as Mark Campbell, Head of External Affairs at Randox explained:

    “As Global Sponsor of Camerata Ireland Randox are delighted to have enjoyed a wonderful event in such a magnificent setting, graciously hosted by both the British and Irish Ambassadors. Randox’s partnership with Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland goes back for over a decade and has allowed us to support the Arts and build and strengthen relationships in key markets across the globe. Camerata Ireland is recognised as one of this Island’s chief cultural assets, showcasing the very best of what Ireland, North and South, has to offer”.

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