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Celebrating the Classical at the Market Place Theatre

The Ulster Orchestra makes a celebratory return to Armagh!

  • Composer 1


  • Composer 2


  • Composer 3


  • Conductor

    Tamás Kocsis

  • Soloists

    Flute - Jennifer Sturgeon, Harp - Tanya Houghton

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Event Details


26 January 2022 20:00


The Marketplace Theatre - Armagh

Martines Sinfonia in C Major

Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major

Beethoven Symphony No. 2

The Ulster Orchestra is delighted to return to Armagh with a charming concert Play/Directed by Orchestra Leader Tamás Kocsis, featuring Principal Flute Jennifer Sturgeon and regular guest harp, Tanya Houghton.

To open, a Sinfonia by an underrated 18th Century composer, Marianna Martines. Lauded throughout Europe in her lifetime, this poised and elegant work is just part of a musical legacy that has been sorely neglected over the years.

Martines was a celebrated musical hostess as well as a composer and amongst the regular attenders at her soirées was one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His Concerto for Flute and Harp was written whilst he was teaching harpist Marie-Louise-Philippine Bonnières. Her father, the Duke of Guînes, was an excellent flautist and this unusual combination of soloists marks the only time Mozart wrote for the harp, in order to create a piece they could play together. The slow movement’s gorgeous, rippling melody is a musical gem within this lovely concerto.

Mozart’s Prague Symphony is a strong influence on Beethoven’s Second Symphony, which - despite Beethoven’s deepening personal trauma as his hearing deteriorated – is brim-full of high spirits and energy, drawing this concert to a virtuosic close.

COVID Procedures at The Market Place Theatre

Your safety is paramount to The Market Place Theatre. The Northern Ireland Executive has removed social distancing restrictions for theatres, and The Market Place will therefore be operating at full capacity.

In addition to these measures, and in accordance with governmental guidance, from Saturday 9th October, we will be requesting that anyone aged 16+ attending an activity in The Market Place provide one of the following:

Proof of being fully vaccinated (both doses received, with the second at least 14 days prior to the event you are attending, i.e. prior to 25th September 2021, or one dose in the case of 16 and 17 year olds) – this can be your Covid-19 vaccination card in conjunction with government issued photographic ID. The COVIDCert NI Passport App which you may have used for travel purposes is also permissible.

OR Proof of a negative lateral flow test taken no more than 48 prior to your arrival at the event you are attending in conjunction with government issued photographic ID – please see below

OR Proof of natural immunity from a positive NHS PCR test undertaken in the previous 30-180 days (including 10 days of self-isolation following the result) in conjunction with government issued photographic ID

We would ask that you have this information ready on arrival at The Market Place.

If you live in the Republic of Ireland, you can demonstrate your COVID-19 status using the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC):

How to upload a lateral flow test

If you are demonstrating your COVID-19 Status using an NHS Lateral Flow Test this should be taken within 48 hours of your arrival at the event you are attending. You can order NHS Lateral Flow Tests at .

Once you have taken your test, you will need to report your result on the NHS website at You will receive a text or email notification confirming your negative test result, to present on entry.

A positive result from an NHS Lateral Flow Test means it’s likely you had coronavirus when the test was done. You and anyone you live with must not attend the venue and self-isolate immediately. You are then advised to get a PCR test to confirm your result as soon as possible.

COVID Safety Measures

Since reopening, we have had many mitigations in place including:

  • hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue
  • one-way systems to ensure social distancing
  • paperless ticketing | ticket scanning
  • enhanced and consistent cleaning regimes
  • PPE equipment supplied to workshop tutors
  • perspex screens at the Box Office counter
  • fresh air ventilation in the Main Auditorium and Studio Theatre
  • staff fully trained in safeguarding measures, and available to respond to all queries

These mitigations will continue. In addition, the wearing of a face covering remains a legal requirement for customers age 13+. Please also be aware that you must be seated in order to enjoy refreshments in our bar/foyer areas and that dancing is currently not permitted within the venue.



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