First Cohort of Ulster Orchestra & Ulster Youth Orchestra PES Scheme Announced

The Ulster Orchestra and Ulster Youth Orchestra are delighted to announce the very first cohort of young musicians have been chosen for their brand new Professional Experience Scheme, an partnership initiative designed to support young musicians as they explore a career in orchestral music-making. Seven musicians have been accepted onto the scheme. Music students [...]

By | 2017-09-13T15:52:33+00:00 11 September 2017|0 Comments

Ulster Orchestra Professional Experience Scheme

  The Ulster Orchestra, in partnership with the Ulster Youth Orchestra, is delighted to announce a professional development programme where music students normally resident in Northern Ireland will audition to join a programme of coaching and mentoring from Ulster Orchestra members. Three times during the academic year, successful applicants will come to Belfast to [...]

By | 2017-07-31T16:26:15+00:00 8 June 2017|0 Comments

QUB Needs Your Help! Study with Prof. Piers Hellawell

On Friday 31 March, we are delighted to perform the Irish Première of Piers Hellawell's work Wild Flow as part of our evening concert. The piece was commissioned by the BBC and given its World Première at our performance at the BBC Proms in August 2016. Piers is also Professor of Composition at Queen’s University [...]

By | 2017-03-31T13:45:52+00:00 31 March 2017|0 Comments


We regret that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Alina Ibragimova is indisposed and will be replaced by Vivian Hagner for the Brahms Violin Concerto that forms part of our concert on Friday 24th February 2017.  The programme for the sold out concert remains unchanged. In Viviane, we bring you an internationally-acclaimed soloist who performed the [...]

By | 2017-02-23T12:08:47+00:00 23 February 2017|1 Comment

Stephen Peover appointed as Chairman of Ulster Orchestra

New Chairman succeeds Sir George Bain Stephen Peover was elected yesterday as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ulster Orchestra, succeeding Sir George Bain who has retired after five years of highly dedicated service in the post. Stephen’s appointment comes at a historic and significant period in the Ulster Orchestra’s [...]

By | 2016-12-14T16:24:03+00:00 14 December 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2016-11-24T15:12:54+00:00 22 November 2016|0 Comments

Celebrating 50 Years with 50 Concerts in a Day!

Wednesday 28 September was the Ulster Orchestra’s 50th Birthday and we celebrated with an incredible fifty pop-up performances in a variety of locations across Belfast, all in just one day, from 8am-11.45pm! We dedicated a section of our website to this fantastic event and if you'd like to look back through the day as [...]

By | 2017-06-29T15:03:04+00:00 28 September 2016|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 [...]

By | 2017-02-06T16:43:23+00:00 13 September 2016|0 Comments