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Bandits and ladies of ill repute make for a wild night

Ulster Orchestra Film Night: The Wild Wild West! Waterfront Hall, Belfast

By Andrew Johnston

The latest in the Ulster Orchestra's series of film nights on Saturday was a celebration of classic western themes, and the musicians had certainly dressed for the occasion.

From a brass section made up of Mexican bandits and 'ladies of ill repute' to a bowler hat-wearing barkeep percussionist and a drummer in the largest sombrero this writer has seen, they sure looked the part.

Strangely, there were no Indians, but perhaps "Sheriff Carl Davis" as host Joe Lindsay introduced the orchestra's guest conductor, had run them out of town before the show.

Davis presided over a stirring programme of instantly recognisable music. Highlights included Jerome Moross's theme from 1958's The Big Country, the Overture from the 1955 musical Oklahoma! and a TV medley that took in iconic series Maverick, The Virginian and Bonanza. The concert ended on a thigh-slapping high with an orchestral rendition of La Bamba, before Davis led his posse off into the sunset.

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