It is with great regret that, due to seriousness of the latest variant of the COVID-19 virus, the pressure on the health services and safety of our staff and musicians, we have decided to pause the Orchestra’s activities for the time being.
The first two concerts in our new digital season are now cancelled and if you require a refund, then visit the 'your account' section on the Waterfront Hall website, select the relevant concert and select ‘request refund’. However, if you are in a position to show your support for the Orchestra by not requesting a refund to help us in these extraordinary times, we would be most grateful; in which case please advise the box office that you are happy to donate the ticket value by completing the Waterfront Hall's ‘contact us’ form by Friday 29 January.
We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding and look forward to getting back to providing wonderful music and experiences for you when it’s safe to do so. Take care and stay safe.
David Matthews Towards Sunrise
The Ulster Orchestra’s digital Season begins with a much-loved guest soloist, Barry Douglas. He joins Honorary Principal Guest Conductor Jac van Steen for a concert of music from England, for which Jac has a strong affinity.
We open with Towards Sunrise
by David Matthews, one of England’s greatest living composers (who joined us for #uoletsplayathome earlier in the year!). This piece celebrates the breaking of a new day and trills with the sounds of the dawn chorus.
Douglas takes centre stage to perform Britten’s only Piano Concerto, an exuberant work that was premiered at the 1938 Proms with the composer himself at the piano. The four movements have been described as four ‘character pieces’, full of fun, colour and technical fireworks that make for a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
The concert closes with Elgar’s Nursery
Suite, written in 1930 when he was Master of the King’s Musick, to mark the birth of Princess Margaret. It captures vignettes in a child’s day – waking up, playing with serious, sad and happy dolls, the sound of a passing wagon and falling asleep again at the day’s end. While the titles may be light-hearted, this is the mature Elgar writing at the peak of his compositional powers; the suite combines the boisterousness of a child with a nostalgic dreaminess and is a delightful close to this concert.
This concert will last approximately 60 - 70 minutes and will be available to view on demand for 30 days after the original performance. The concert will be accessible behind a paywall on the Ulster Hall/Belfast Waterfront website via a link in your Box Office booking account. Don’t forget that if you book all 5 concerts, you’ll get your concert programmes for free!