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Ulster Orchestra presents 'Salon Sessions'

With the aim to expand our support of and collaboration with local music artists, the Ulster Orchestra is launching an exciting new digital series, Salon Sessions, which premieres on our YouTube channel at 8.30pm on Monday 18 October.

With Covid-19 throwing the live music industry into disarray since March 2020, the Ulster Orchestra, along with many musicians across Northern Ireland and beyond, were forced to find new ways to express their creativity and perform. However, despite a challenging time for everyone, the Orchestra have emerged with a fresh outlook on their digital activity and a growing aspiration to work with the support as many local artists as they can.

Patrick McCarthy, Head of Artistic Planning and Operations explains;

“We’re at our creative best whenever we’re looking outward and making new connections with artists both globally and locally. Our first featured artist is the talented Niamh Dunne as her songs resonate with ideas of the here and now, while continuing a centuries-old tradition of Irish songwriting. She’s an ideally collaborative artist and I’m so pleased we’ve been able to make a really meaningful connection here that brings the songs even deeper meaning and significance. This is the first of many Salon Sessions and everyone within the Orchestra family are genuinely excited at what we can potentially achieve going forward.”

Niamh adds;

"I am so excited to be involved in the Salon Sessions as a featured artist. To have the chance to perform these brand new songs with such fantastic players and with really beautiful collaborators and arrangers is nothing short of magic!"

Salon Sessions is free to view and the premiere stream is at 8.30pm via the Ulster Orchestra YouTube channel on Monday 18 October 2021. The first episode features four songs and will last approximately twenty minutes.

Ioana and Rozzie introduce more about the Salon Sessions in this video:


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