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'Variations' Have Schools 'Feeling Good!'

The Ulster Orchestra's concerts for Primary and Post-Primary Schools have gone digital for the first time and have been a resounding success!

Our annual concerts for Primary and Post-Primary Schools are always hotly anticipated, but what to do when a pandemic means the concerts can't take place in person? We go digital!

This year, for the first time both concerts for primary and post-primary schools were made available digitally and for free. Take up for both has been incredible and we're delighted that it's enabled us to take our music into schools that might otherwise not have been able to attend a live event.

Our Primary Schools' concert is aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils. Titled 'Feeling Good!' and hosted once again by Cath Arlidge, it uses music to look at wellbeing. We were delighted to have contributions from 10 primary schools across N. Ireland included in this event - Clough Primary School, Darkley Primary School, St Catherine's Primary School, Holy Cross Boys' Primary School, St Oliver Plunkett Primary School, Aghadrumsee Primary School, St Ronans Primary School Lisnaskea, Riverside School, St. Patrick's Primary School Holywood and King's Park Primary School Lurgan. Our huge thanks go to the schools involved & our partners at the Education Authority Music Service for all their invaluable support in making this contribution possible. 'Feeling Good' is only available until 23 June, so make sure you don't miss out!


Post-Primary Schools' pupils were given some inspiration for composition by the UO's own Animateur Jonathan Simmance, who looked at the technique of theme and variations in the digital concert 'Variations'.


Pupils in Years 8 & 9, don't worry! We haven't forgotten about you and there's something in the pipeline for you, coming out early in the new school year.

To access either of these concerts, please contact the Learning and Community Engagement team on [email protected]

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