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Come and Play

Come and Play is an opportunity for aspiring musicians to come and play with Northern Ireland’s only professional orchestra for a day.


Come and Play is an opportunity for aspiring amateur musicians of all ages to come and play with Northern Ireland's only professional symphony orchestra for a day. Amateur musicians play side-by-side with the Ulster Orchestra musicians, gaining valuable support and encouragement in an afternoon of rehearsals. The day culminates in a showcase concert for family and friends. 
Over 130 participants joined the ranks of the Ulster Orchestra for two fantastic days of rehearsals and showcases in our January and February 2024 Come and Play events. 
Here's what some of them had to say:

This was one of the most exciting and rewarding musical experiences I have ever had the pleasure of taking part in. - Andrew, cello

To play with the professional musicians at the Ulster Orchestra and under the amazing conductor Stephen Bell is something I will never forget. I learned so much more than I expected and will remember the musicians that took time to teach things to me today. – Hannah, Violin 

It was a really positive experience, and I had a lot of fun playing alongside the professional musicians! – Ellen, Viola

Come and Play” is an excellent opportunity for all musicians of all ages and abilities to share the stage with a first-class orchestra. – Kaifu, Oboe

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing [email protected]

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