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The Ulster Orchestra showed their remarkable versatility in successive concerts within three days, with music ranging from Stravinsky on Thursday, to Cole Porter on Saturday

The Ulster Orchestra showed their remarkable versatility in successive concerts within three days, with music ranging from Stravinsky on Thursday, to Cole Porter on Saturday

The Ulster Orchestra showed their remarkable versatility in successive concerts within three days, with music ranging from Stravinsky on Thursday, to Cole Porter on Saturday

The Ulster Orchestra showed their remarkable versatility in successive concerts within three days, with music ranging from Stravinsky on Thursday, to Cole Porter on Saturday.

In their Swingtime concert to an almost full Waterfront Hall on Saturday there was a faint note of the 'classical' from Borodin in the arrangement of Duke Ellington's Caravan with a virtuoso trombone performance by Nichol Thomson.

The rest of the concert was pure Swingtime under the baton of the experienced Stephen Bell, with outstanding soloists Anne-Jane Casey and Graham Bickley.

It was all there, from Gershwin's Strike Up The Band, to a Judy Garland tribute and a terrific range from Berlin's Top Hat, and the inevitable but iconic New York, New York, sung with verve by Graham Bickley.

There were also the dancers from Ballroom Blitz NI who added colour, elegance and a degree of diversion, though they needed more physical space to display their talents.

The orchestra, driven by a superb guest swing quartet, gave one of their best non-classical concerts of recent years. It was simply 'fab-u-lous' from start to finish.

Belfast Telegraph