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Ode to Joy – Celebrating 50 Seasons!

Saturday 20 May, 7:45 pm-9:45 pm

A Very Special Audience with Sir James Galway

Thursday 1 June, 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Season 2016/17 is here.

Fifty Years of Northern Ireland’s Symphony Orchestra

The Ulster Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Season has it all. Fourteen subscription concerts, ten tasty lunchtime menus, eight golden favourites and two very special celebration events – and that’s just in Belfast. As well as this the Orchestra will be performing ‘On Your Doorstep’ in communities throughout the region, all year long. There’s something for everyone!

Season 2016-17 Brochure Cover

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Next Concerts

May 02

JTI Lunchtime Concert: Feast Your Ears

Tuesday 2 May, 1:05 pm-1:55 pm
Ulster Hall Belfast 02890334455
May 20
Music Director Rafael Payare

Ode to Joy – Celebrating 50 Seasons!

Saturday 20 May, 7:45 pm-9:45 pm
Waterfront Hall Belfast 028 9033 4455
May 23

JTI Lunchtime Concert: The Great Symphonies: Schubert’s The Great

Tuesday 23 May, 1:05 pm-1:55 pm
Ulster Hall Belfast 02890334455

Our News

All the latest news and announcements from your Orchestra.

Ulster Orchestra’s Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016

The Ulster Orchestra has been working with the Alzheimer’s Society UK and its work is demonstrably helping to support and lift those who are affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias in Northern Ireland. This year the Orchestra is taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016, with a challenge to raise £15,000 from supporters this Christmas. If successful, Big Give Challenge partners will DOUBLE this amount to £30,000 - the amount needed to run this powerful musical work with the Alzheimer's Society. Anyone who has been to a performance by the Ulster Orchestra will know that music has [...]

22 November 2016|Announcement, News|0 Comments

Rafael Payare Extends Contract And Is Appointed Music Director

The Ulster Orchestra is delighted to announce that Chief Conductor Rafael Payare is to extend his contract and, in recognition of the valued and special relationship he has with the Orchestra, he will now take the title of Music Director. With the opening of the 2016/17 Season at the Ulster Hall on Friday 23 September, Maestro Payare began the final year of his initial three-year contract with the Orchestra and then, on the occasion of the Orchestra's 50th Birthday,  the conductor put pen to paper on a contract extension that had been eagerly hoped for by audiences and musicians alike. [...]

3 October 2016|Announcement, News|0 Comments

Freelance Associates

The Ulster Orchestra, Colin Neighbourhood Partnership and Shankill Children’s Zone are seeking experienced and qualified music tutors to be part of the pilot phase of an exciting new initiative. Inspired by the success of orchestra school partnerships in Glasgow (“Big Noise”) and Liverpool (“In Harmony”), the partners’ vision is to improve outcomes for children through music. The project aims to increase the resilience, aspirations and emotional development of children from areas of social and economic disadvantage through a programme of music skills development, which will increase participants’ musical skills while contributing to their improved wellbeing and self-worth. Situated in [...]

13 September 2016|News, Music Room|0 Comments

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