Belfast Telegraph

Instrumental beginnings

by Megan Conroy

Plans for the development of a new orchestra group in Ards, have been given the go ahead by the mayor.

The newly-formed orchestra chaired its first meeting recently, where plans to establish the group were discussed.

The meeting, held in the Town Hall in Newtownards, was attended by Councillor David Smyth, who has welcomed the project.

The decision to form the group came from the Ards Arts Committee which believes forming the group will give young musicians an outlet for their talents.

Currently no orchestra exists in the Ards borough. The proposal hopes to add another cultural activity to the arts and music scene in the town.

Mr Smyth spoke of his approval for the project: “I hope that musicians and their supporters will take every advantage of the new orchestral group.

“Music is now a very serious and important subject in our education system and is enjoyed by a great number of students.” Chair of the meeting, Hugh Montgomery, said the group would be open to all players from any age or area.

Mr Montgomery added: “The group has thought that some instruments that are not being used by their owners could perhaps be donated to the orchestra. Our younger recruits may not have their own instruments and this would be very helpful.” The orchestra will practise in the Silver Band’s Hall in Ards and are welcoming new players who want to join. To join or donate an instrument contact Hugh Montgomery on 02891 266196.

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