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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.


The Ulster Orchestra invites musicians from grade 4 and above to join the orchestra in a day of rehearsal and performance. Participants will get a hands-on experience of being part of a professional orchestra as well as picking up some tips and inspiration from our Ulster Orchestra players. 

In February and March 2020, 148 amateur musicians joined the Ulster Orchestra to perform for audiences of friends and family at the Ulster Hall and Methodist College.

Come & Play is supported by The Esmé Mitchell Trust. 

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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