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Classical Music 22/1/10

The Ulster Orchestra’s place in the artistic society of Northern Ireland becomes clear in January.

If it wasn’t for its presence here, there would be no professional music-making available to an audience interested in the western ‘classical’ tradition.

The Ulster Orchestra however does much more than just concentrate on ‘highbrow’ music. It contributes meaningfully to our society through educational and outreach programmes. Yesterday in the Ulster Hall, the orchestra gave a lunchtime concert based on Berlioz’s Nuit d’été. Tonight at 7pm in the Ulster Hall, the BBC offers the orchestra for free, in a concert which includes the Berlioz work from yesterday, with soprano soloist Elizabeth Watts. Tomorrow night, the orchestra appears in the Odyssey Arena at 8pm as the ‘backing group’ for Flash Harry — a Queen tribute act from Northern Ireland.

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Belfast Telegraph