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Highlights

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.

Change of Conductor for 22/23 April

We would like to announce a change of conductor for our concerts on 22 and 23 April, Let Love Spring Forth! (Ulster Hall) and The Ulster Orchestra in Love and Literature (Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen). We are delighted to inform you that Chief Conductor Rafael Payare and his wife, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, have had their first child and Rafael is therefore spending time with Alisa and their new arrival. Our replacement for the evening is Assistant Conductor at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Alpesh Chauhan. Alpesh was appointed in 2014, having previously been the Orchestra’s first Conducting Fellow. Quickly rising [...]

13 April 2016|Announcement|0 Comments

Come and Play 2016 is a Resounding Success

Over 150 musicians, professional and amateur, gathered in the Ulster Hall on Sunday 20 March for the Ulster Orchestra’s annual Come and Play day. Come and Play is a wonderful opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to get an insight into the world of an orchestral musician. A day of rehearsal culminated in a short performance under the baton of Stephen Bell, and the programme included work by Elgar, Khachachurian, Leroy Anderson and Tchaikovsky. The Ulster Orchestra were joined by musicians from the ages of 8 to 64, and the amateurs even included some of the Orchestra’s own back-room [...]

25 March 2016|News|0 Comments

UO Welcomes Managing Richard Wigley

We are delighted to welcome our new Managing Director Richard Wigley, who commences with the Ulster Orchestra today. Richard comes to the Ulster Orchestra having worked for the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, and spending a decade as the General Manager of the BBC Philharmonic before going most recently to act in a consultancy capacity, primarily for the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and also leading the Association of British Orchestras’ Find Your Way mentoring scheme for emerging leaders. Warmly welcoming the appointment, Ulster Orchestra Chairman, Sir George Bain said; “We are delighted that Richard is joining us. He brings with him a [...]

25 February 2016|News|0 Comments

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