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Orchestra makes it to the Royal Albert Hall

By Alf McCreary

The Ulster Orchestra is to take part in the world-renowned BBC Promenade Season in the Royal Albert Hall later this year.

Under its principal guest conductor Paul Watkins, the orchestra will close the day-long musical tribute to Henry Wood, the Proms founder, by playing music closely associated with him on September 5. It will follow an earlier performance that day by the BBC Concert Orchestra which will be playing Sir Henry's 1910 version of the Last Night of the Proms.

In taking part in this year's Proms, the Ulster Orchestra will be joining a list of world-famous orchestras and solo artists who will perform to a worldwide audience of millions of music lovers through the BBC's radio and television transmissions.

Meanwhile, the Ulster Orchestra is today announcing its new 2010-11 season which will feature two of Belfast's internationally-acclaimed musicians, Sir James Galway and pianist Barry Douglas.

The season will also feature a long list of top international soloists, and the programme will contain all the traditional favourites including the Messiah, the New Year Viennese concerts and a series of popular classics.

The Orchestra has also announced the appointment of a new leader, the Hungarian Tamas Kocsis, who was previously concertmaster of the Orlando Philharmonic in Florida.

He will take up his position with the Ulster Orchestra later this year.

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