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Performer: Ulster Orchestra


Founded in 1966, the Ulster Orchestra has been at the forefront of musical life in Northern Ireland and the Orchestra’s sixty three full-time musicians form the region’s only professional symphony orchestra.

In 2014 the Ulster Orchestra appointed Rafael Payare as its Chief Conductor and the relationship between Rafael Payare and the Orchestra was further cemented in 2016 when the conductor was made Music Director of the Ulster Orchestra. 2014 also marked the year when Jac van Steen’s long relationship with the Orchestra was recognised, when he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor.

With a mission to enrich the lives of people living in Northern Ireland, those visiting, and those who encounter it through international touring and regular radio and TV broadcasts with both BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Radio 3, the Orchestra strives for excellence in all it undertakes, be it regular concert performances, learning and community engagement programmes, or creative collaborations across the arts.

An important aspect of the Ulster Orchestra’s work across Northern Ireland is its annual touring programme of concerts, which brings live orchestral music to the heart of communities across the region. A new initiative for the Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra On Your Doorstep, was founded in the2016/17 Season (the Orchestra’s 50 th Anniversary Season) and it sees the orchestra play in as diverse a range of venues as possible across Northern Ireland, sending everything from small ensembles and chamber music concerts, right up to the full symphony orchestra, far and wide across the region.

The Ulster Orchestra records regularly, and its most recent recording commitments have been for the Naxos label under the baton of former Chief Conductor Jo Ann Faletta and for the Hyperion label with Howard Shelley.

Learning and community engagement is at the core of all that the Ulster Orchestra does.

The Orchestra is building on 30 years of education and outreach work with an exciting and diverse range of partnership projects. From Adopt A Player and Crescendo! in schools to Wellbeing Workshops in hospices and supported housing, from concerts for schools and free concert tickets for children to residencies at SEN schools and from projects with Women’s Aid to the award-winning Move to the Music scheme which facilitates isolated elderly people in rural areas access live orchestra music; the Ulster Orchestra is bringing music to new and existing groups and audiences from all backgrounds, right across Northern Ireland.

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BelfastFrancesca and Daniele

Panufnik, Busoni, Bruckner
Ulster Orchestra; Daniele Rustioni; Francesca Dego

BelfastHandel's Messiah

Handel: Messiah
Ulster Orchestra; Nicholas Chalmers; Aoife Miskelly; Sarah Richmond; Ryan Vaughan Davies; Malachy Frame

BelfastSound the Horn

Alberga, Mozart, Gipps
Ulster Orchestra; Leslie Suganandarajah; Ben Goldscheider
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Gabriel Bebeşelea and Simon Trpčeski return to Belfast

Ligeti, Grieg, Beethoven and 100 metronomes offer an unusual combination from the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast.
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Brilliant leads make for a moving Traviata at Northern Ireland Opera

Cameron Menzies sets Verdi's timeless opera in a timeless world, with a mixture of styles indicating that all is not as it seems.
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Four aspects of Romanticism from Rustioni and the Ulster Orchestra

Soprano Louise Alder explored the dying embers of the Romantic movement in a sensitive performance of Vier letzte Lieder.
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Daniele Rustioni flies The Star Spangled Banner in Belfast

From the streets of New York to America’s southern states, Daniele Rustioni with the Ulster Orchestra present an all American evening, with some fine playing. 
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Ciao Belfast! Daniele Rustioni’s Italian snapshots

Billed as “A Postcard from Italy”, Daniele Rustioni’s innovative vision sees a programme focused on a generation of 20th-century Italian composers, with formidable results. 
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Rustioni’s celestial Mahler in Belfast

Two highly complementary works by Strauss and Mahler bring a satisfying evening of beautifully executed music-making between the Ulster Orchestra and their chief conductor. 
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