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Belfast Philharmonic's birthday bash will be out of this world

By John Porter

Published 28/05/2015

The Belfast Philharmonic Society ended its season on Saturday with the Ulster Orchestra in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church
The Belfast Philharmonic Society ended its season on Saturday with the Ulster Orchestra in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church

The Belfast Philharmonic Society will celebrate its 140th anniversary with a gala concert in the Ulster Hall this Saturday.

The event brings to a close a season of celebration to mark the milestone occasion.

The theme of the evening will be the celestial spheres. It will feature many of classical music's most famous composers including Handel, Milton and Vaughan Williams with soloists from Northern Ireland Opera.

The highlight of the night will be the world premiere of a new work, The Seven Heavens.

It has been commissioned especially by the Belfast Philharmonic Choir from Grammy-nominated composer James Whitbourn and inspired by the life and work of author CS Lewis.

The work in seven movements will showcase the adult voices of The Phil, as well as Phil Kids Youth Choir, accompanied by the Ulster Orchestra.

Conductor Stephen Doughty said "The whole work is extremely well written for voices and, with its wide-ranging styles, is enjoyable for performer and listener."

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