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All the best: we have a chat with Paula Klein

We ask local celebrities what are their most favourite things

The 45-year-old is the general manager of the Ulster Youth Orchestra. She lives in Bangor with her husband Paul, with whom she has one son, Fraser (6).

My best moment

I took my husband on a surprise trip to Berlin for his 40th birthday a few years ago. We got tickets to see the Berlin Philharmonic, which he had always wanted to do — Paul plays principal horn in the Ulster Orchestra. It was by far the best concert that either of us have been to.

My best song

My favourite piece of music is the Poco Adagio from the Saint Saens Organ Symphony. The Ulster Youth Orchestra has just had a residential course culminating in two concerts where this was played. It’s a beautiful tune that raises the hairs on the back of my arm every time. In complete contrast, my favourite song is The Smiths’ song There is a Light That Never Goes Out. It reminds me of singing along as a carefree teenager.

My best way to relax

Walking along the North Down coastal path. Every time I walk down it I say to whoever is with me that it’s so good for the soul. We don’t realise how lucky we are to live so close to such beautiful country.

My best job

That would have to be this one. I worked with the Ulster Orchestra for 14 years before taking on this role in January. I’ve worked with the Youth Orchestra for a long time, so when this job came up I jumped at it. It’s very relaxed and such good fun.

My best advice

I don’t have any particular words of wisdom. My parents always brought me up to have good manners, work hard and to do the right thing. My advice to my son, Fraser, is to always treat people well and not to sweat the small stuff.

My best achievement

Having my son, who has just started P3. I’m still amazed that I made him myself. He is funny, cheeky, smart and affectionate. I can’t imagine life without him.

My best gift

A Krups Nespresso coffee machine that was given to me by my husband. We stayed with a friend in New York, and they had one. After that, no other coffee will do.

My best buy

My wedding dress. We got married in 2012 and I bought my wedding dress on ebay for £45. I absolutely loved it.

Best book

I’m going to name two — McCarthy’s Bar by Pete McCarthy and Round Ireland With A Fridge by Tony Hawkes. They both remind me of weekends away and the craic you can have in Ireland meeting total strangers.

Best film

One film that made a major impact upon me was Schindler’s List . It’s a powerful depiction of such a terrible atrocity. The beautiful violin theme by John Williams that’s played by Itzhak Perlman is stunning and heartbreakingly beautiful.

  • The Youth Orchestra will be performing at the Hillsborough Oyster Festival’s musical evening on Wednesday. For details, visit

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