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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. 
Our next Come and Play events will be taking place in January and February 2024. 
Event details:
Grade 4-6 participants
Date: Sunday 21 January, 2024
Time*: 1.30pm (registration), 2.30-5.30pm (rehearsals), 6-7pm (concert for family and friends) 
Venue: Model School for Girls, 35 Dunowen Gardens, Belfast BT14 6NQ 
Conductor: Matthew Quinn
Repertoire: Brahms Hungarian Dance no.5 in G minor
Price Juba Dance
Holst Mars
Dvorak Largo from Symphony no.9
Sibelius Finlandia
Grade 6-8 participants
Date: Sunday 25 February, 2024
Time*: 1.30pm (registration), 2.30-5.30pm (rehearsals), 6-7pm (concert for family and friends) 
Venue: Ulster Hall, 34 Bedford St, Belfast BT2 7FF 
Conductor: Stephen Bell
Repertoire: John Williams Star Wars Main Title
J. Strauss Cuckoo Polka
Holst Finale (The Dargason) of St Paul's Suite
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition: Baba Yaga & Great Gate of Kiev
Sousa Washington Post

*Timings for both events will be confirmed directly with participants closer to the time. Provisional times are indicated as a guide for planning purposes. 
Applications are now closed
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing [email protected]


It was a wonderful event, challenging and a brilliant experience at the same time. It was made easy by the very welcoming professional musicians. Can't wait for the next one.

We are very lucky to have such a versatile orchestra, with proactive support staff, dedicated to the promotion of orchestral music in the area, and development of future musicians

I loved getting to play alongside professional musicians. I also loved the programme of music.

To see my children being guided and encouraged in their music by the professional players. Inspirational!

I gained so much knowledge from those around me

Very supportive and great fun

A great experience that I hope to repeat in the near future.

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