The restoration of the Mulholland Grand Organ in the Ulster Hall was an occasion worthy of note — or, in this case, many notes.
Belfast City Organist Colm Carey took centre stage last night when, to a surprisingly large audience, he reintroduced this great machine.
Why it was out of commission ever since the refurbishment of the Ulster Hall itself is a matter of some annoyance, but at least it is now back in working order, in no small part thanks to the organ builder Philip Prosser.
The grand aspect of the Mulholland was very evident from Carey's programme, adeptly designed to demonstrate the multifarious facets, the wealth of colour, tone and timbre available to an organist of Carey’s fine accomplish
ments from an organ of this calibre.
The music therefore played more to the capabilities of the instrument rather than the glories of the composers represented. That was perfectly acceptable and I felt the organ blossomed especially in the romantic, sunny sentimentality of Rheinberger’s G minor Concerto with the Ulster Orchestra conducted ably by Paul Brough.