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Review: Ulster Orchestra, Ulster Hall

Under the lively Portuguese conductor Nuno Coelho, the Orchestra gave a sunny performance of Carl Maria von Weber's stately Overture Oberon (stock photo)
Under the lively Portuguese conductor Nuno Coelho, the Orchestra gave a sunny performance of Carl Maria von Weber's stately Overture Oberon (stock photo)
Alf McCreary

By Alf McCreary

The final concert in the Ulster Orchestra's successful lunchtime series was staged yesterday.

Held in association with the charity MindWise to mark Mental Health Week, it celebrated how classical music is regarded as helpful towards good mental health.

Under the lively Portuguese conductor Nuno Coelho, the Orchestra gave a sunny performance of Carl Maria von Weber's stately Overture Oberon.

This was followed by Bartok's Divertimento for String Orchestra Sz 113. The final work consisted of Brahms' Hungarian Dances Nos 1, 3 and 10 which provided a lively finish to a most enjoyable lunchtime hour of music on a fine spring afternoon.

It was also refreshing to see so many schoolchildren among the large audience.

The Ulster Orchestra's final concert at the Ulster Hall next Friday, May 24 will be a memorable farewell to their music director Rafael Payare who leaves to take change of the San Diego Symphony in California.

Featuring Mahler's iconic Fifth Symphony this is a show not to be missed, and tickets are in great demand.

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