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Celebrating the Classical at the Alley Theatre

The Ulster Orchestra makes a celebratory return to Strabane!

  • Composer 1


  • Composer 2


  • Composer 3


  • Conductor

    Tamás Kocsis

  • Soloists

    Flute - Jennifer Sturgeon, Harp - Tanya Houghton

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Event Details


27 January 2022 19:30


The Alley Theatre - Strabane

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 Strabane 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 Alley Theatre

Your safety is paramount to The Alley Theatre. The Northern Ireland Executive has removed social distancing restrictions for theatres, and tThe Alley will therefore be operating at full capacity.
For the protection of all audience members and staff, we will only admit ticketholders after they have completed a Covid Status Check at the entrance to the Theatre. The Theatre will open three quarters of an hour before performances begin, and we would encourage all ticketholders to arrive early to allow sufficient time to complete this check.

Covid Status Check

All ticketholders aged 18 and over will need to provide one of the following before entering the Theatre.
If you are unable to provide the following evidence on the night of the performance, then you can avail of a full refund on your tickets as long as you let us know before 11am on the day of the performance.

  • Proof of full vaccination, with the second dose having been given at least 14 days earlier. Acceptable forms of proof include Covid immunisation record cards, COVIDCert NI certificates, and any official documentation from outside Northern Ireland such as the EU Digital Covid Certificate or the NHS Covid Pass.
  • Proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 24 hours in advance. This will be in the form of an official SMS message which you will receive after completing and registering your Lateral Flow Test result at    
  • Proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for Covid issued between 30 and 180 days earlier. Any self-isolation period must have elapsed before coming to the Theatre.
In addition, all ticketholders over 18 must bring photo ID as they may be required to show this to Theatre staff.
Please note that if you or a member of your party are displaying Covid symptoms or are required to self-isolate, you must not come to the Theatre. If you are unable to attend the performance as a result of displaying Covid symptoms then you can avail of a full refund on your tickets as long as you let us know before 11.00am on the day of the performance.

What to expect in the theatre:

Contact Tracing

All tickets must be pre-booked. Please ensure you supply appropriate contact details to support contract tracing should we be required to contact you or provide information to Public Health Agency on request.

COVID Safety Measures

Your safety is our number one priority, and we have put in place the following measures to reduce the risk of Covid transmission once inside the Theatre:
  • The wearing of face coverings are advised in all parts of the Theatre unless you are eating, drinking, or exempt
  • You will be asked to sanitise your hands on arrival; hand sanitisers are also readily available throughout the building
  • To minimise contact between staff and theatregoers, screens are in place at the bar/cafe area and at the box office counter. Contactless payment is also available in The Alley
  • The Theatre will be thoroughly cleaned between performances
To comply with Covid hospitality regulations, drinks may only be consumed in the bar/cafe area. Although there will be no social distancing in the auditorium, social distancing rules continue to apply in the Theatre’s bar and Gallery Area and encourage ticketholders to remain in their bubbles. Because of this, seating in the bar area is limited, and we would encourage ticketholders to take their seats in the auditorium if they are not availing of drink purchases as alcohol is not allowed in the auditorium. To avoid the interval queue, we would encourage patrons to pre- order their interval drink on arrival. The bar will open 45 minutes before the show start time.



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