Music: Chance to shine for unheralded amateurs
Studio Symphony Orchestra St Comgall's Parish Hall, Brunswick Road, Bangor Tomorrow, 8pm
There is much more to an orchestra than just the production of concerts every week.
The Ulster Orchestra is the sum of its individual players and tomorrow night, they show how the individuals give back to the community in Northern Ireland the professional benefits of their talent. The Studio Symphony Orchestra is a collection of amateur orchestral players which was founded many decades ago by the famous Dr Havelock Nelson.
A programme of music by Beethoven, Leopold Mozart and Bizet will be conducted by Philip Walton, with soloist Neil Gallie and with the orchestra led by Ottoline Maas - all of whom are also members of the Ulster Orchestra. Tickets cost £11/£9 concessions/£1 children. For further information, visit studiosymphony.org.uk
Wednesday, May 25, 1.05pm
The Ulster Orchestra's Chief Conductor Rafael Payare is back in Belfast next week when he will be on the stage of the Ulster Hall to conduct the orchestra in a lunchtime concert of music by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss.
You will hear two very different works in this hour long concert - the radiant Siegfried Idyll which Wagner composed for the birthday of his wife and the poignant Metamorphosen for solo strings which Strauss wrote in response to the war-time destruction of the Vienna State Opera.
Tickets cost £6 from the box office, tel: 028 9033 4455 or visit ulsterorchestra.com.