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Flash mob musicians in Belfast's St George's Market for Save the Ulster Orchestra campaign

By Harriet Crawford

A flash mob of musicians has highlighted the threat to their jobs with some orchestral manoeuvres in the market.

The jaws of shoppers and stallholders in Belfast's St George's Market dropped when 43 musicians sprung out of the crowd to play a tango - as part of the Save the Ulster Orchestra campaign.

The music, Piazzolla's Libertango, froze shoppers, who dropped their bags to listen, open-mouthed, to the show.

One shopper threw herself into the spirit of the occasion.

"I take every opportunity to show my fandango," said May McFettridge, aka John Linehan, star of the Belfast's Grand Opera House's pantomime as she shook her maracas before leading a conga line. Bee Riddell (34), who set up the campaign to save the orchestra and organised Sunday's flash mob, said: "The players were beaming from ear to ear - I think it did an awful of good in terms of morale for them.

"They are undoubtedly a little disheartened by the news that they are potentially going to lose their jobs in a fortnight's time." Ulster Orchestra chairman Sir George Bain said: "We are delighted with the response to the flash mob.

"I believe it shows how the orchestra is able to reach out to the people of Northern Ireland, inspiring them and making them feel proud to have such a world-class product representing their country."

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