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Ulster Youth Orchestra Ulster Hall, Belfast Tomorrow 7.45pm

The Ulster Youth Orchestra presents its annual summer concert, following its summer course.

Garry Walker, internationally renowned as the principal guest conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, will direct a programme entitled 'The Dance Album' with music by Gershwin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.

Ioanna Petcu-Colan, associate leader of the Ulster Orchestra, will be violin soloist in Saint-Saens' virtuosic dance 'Havanaise'.

Tickets cost £5/£15 and are available from the Ulster Hall box office tel: 028 9033 4455.

Sestina

Clonard Monastery, Belfast/Church of the Assumption, Newry

Wednesday, August 31 (Clonard Monastery) and Thursday, September 1 (Church of the Assumption) 7.30pm.

Sestina is an early music choral/vocal grouping directed and founded by singer Mark Chambers. Its last concert was a truly excellent performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, so it stands to reason that 'The Gem Within', the title of the concert the group will present next week, will be outstanding.

In a programme structured around the monumental Missa Praeter Rerum Seriem by Cipriano de Rore, Sestina will explore a vast range of music, from the hidden textual messages of Byrd's Cantiones Sacrae to the incredible mathematically correct Tallis Miserere.

Counter-tenors Joseph Zubier, Mark Chambers, tenors Matthew Keighley, Peter Harris, Robin Horgan and basses Aaron O'Hare, Brian McAlea and William Gaunt will present some of the wonderful intricacies of renaissance choral music. Tickets cost £10/£15.

To book for Belfast, visit eventbrite.co.uk/e/sestina- presents-the-gem-within-tickets -26873615708, and for Newry eventbrite.co.uk/e/sestina-presents-the-gem-within-tickets- 26900510150 or turn up at the door.

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