Belfast Telegraph

Wholly harmonious matrimony: Ulster Orchestra, Ulster Hall, Belfast

The Ulster Orchestra, under the baton of Barry Wordsworth, captured the spirit of the Royal wedding with a splendid concert in the Ulster Hall yesterday.

It was performed for a large audience and was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

The programme had most of the traditional wedding favourites, beginning with the Rondeau from the Prince of Denmark’s March from the Suite in D Major.

Britten’s Courtly Dances from his Symphonic Suite Gloriana were perhaps a little too courtly in parts, but soprano Ailish Tynan brought tremendous verve and balance to her performance of Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate.

The concert featured the Bridal Chorus from Wagner’s Lohengrin, more popularly known as Here Comes The Bride, as well as the Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn.

On a day that belonged to William and Kate, and which was joyfully represented by this Ulster Orchestra, an appreciative Belfast audience enjoyed the musical spectacle on a sunny spring afternoon.

Alf McCreary

Belfast Telegraph


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