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During the pandemic the main concert halls in Belfast were closed, and the Ulster Orchestra streamed its recitals to its local audience

During the pandemic the main concert halls in Belfast were closed, and the Ulster Orchestra streamed its recitals to its local audience

During the pandemic the main concert halls in Belfast were closed, and the Ulster Orchestra streamed its recitals to its local audience

The Ulster Orchestra will join some of the world’s top ensembles at this year’s BBC Henry Wood Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

It will feature on August 9 under the direction of chief conductor Daniele Rustioni, marking his debut at the event.

His next appearance in Belfast will be at the Ulster Hall on May 13 with a programme titled A Postcard From Italy.

The Ulster Orchestra’s London Proms concert will be broadcast live on the BBC 3 national and world network.

CEO Richard Wigley said: “We are heading to London with great anticipation for our Proms concert.

“This is the place where all the great orchestras want to be, and we relish being in the company of the very best.

“Our programme of music by Wagner, Strauss, Mahler and Schumann will be a Proms Festival highlight, and will give the Prommers an opportunity to experience live the great music-making that we know so well.

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“With our Proms night we are back with a bang after the long haul of the pandemic. Bring it on.”

During the pandemic the main concert halls in Belfast were closed, and the Ulster Orchestra streamed its recitals to its local audience and also appeared on BBC3 programmes.

With the easing of regulations, the orchestra has performed to packed houses in the Waterfront Hall, and it has also been steadily building up its audiences in the Ulster Hall.

The orchestra’s head of artistic planning Patrick McCarthy said: “We are re-emerging into the light after a long haul and the Proms concert will give us a very high profile.”

Meanwhile, there will be a lunchtime Prom in the Waterfront Hall Studio on July 18 when the Hebrides Chamber Ensemble will entertain.


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