Review: Ulster Orchestra marks the Halloween season with 'Worlds of Fantasy' concert
Ulster Orchestra, Waterfront Hall
The Ulster Orchestra marked the Halloween season with a 'Worlds of Fantasy' concert to a packed audience of all ages in the Waterfront Hall on Saturday night.
The Orchestra played music from blockbuster films featuring Harry Potter as well as iconic television series such as Game of Thrones, and lucrative Gaming shows which have attracted massive worldwide audiences.
There was a distinctive party atmosphere with some members of the audience and the Orchestra in fancy dress , including a Spiderman and various “witches” and fantasy characters. The Orchestra also has one real live member from a House of Stark, namely the long-serving Colin Stark on Cor Anglais.
The concert was originally billed to have Harrah Waddington, the fearsome nun Septa Unella from Game of Thrones as presenter, but she was on tour elsewhere and her place was taken by our own Ian McElhinney who also had a major role in the hit HBO series.
His detailed research into the background of the various items was presented with insight and wit,
and under the direction of conductor Stephen Bell , the Orchestra gave spirited performances across the spectrum from Highlander and Lord of the Rings, to Batman, Star Wars and Dr Who. All of these have great staying-power, though the concert version of Games of Thrones was less compelling than the shortened version accompanying the credits of the television series.
All in all this was an enjoyable evening for many people and not least the Ulster Orchestra management and players who filled the Waterfront Hall to 90 per cent- which was no mean feat.
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