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Ulster Youth Orchestra swap the sacred for the profane

By Eddie McIlwaine

Be prepared for a shock at the spring concert in the Belfast Temple tonight (7.30pm).

You see, secular music is about to be given an airing in this Salvation Army stronghold on the Cregagh Road for the first time in the shape of the Ulster Youth Orchestra.

"We are moving with the times," says the Temple's bandmaster, Jack Birch. "We don't expect the roof to fall in."

The Ulster Youth Orchestra is conducted by its founder, Ken Jordan, whose association with the ensemble dates back to the 1990s.

Another guest will be Londoner David Dawes, a member of the Salvation Army, who is reputed to be one of the best euphonium players in the world.

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