Arts Council welcomes the Ulster Orchestra’s new season
The Ulster Orchestra, in association with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland today (Tuesday 20th May) unveiled another jam packed programme of events for the new season.
In addition to announcing the new season programme, which boasts stars such as Alfie Boe and Cleo Laine, the Orchestra is preparing for a move back to the newly refurbished Ulster Hall in March 2009 from its temporary home in Elmwood Hall.
The Arts Council which set up the Ulster Orchestra 42 years ago, remains a long-term supporter and has been closely involved with the Ulster Hall refurbishment. Speaking at the launch, Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council said, “The relationship between the Arts Council and the Ulster Orchestra has been a close and rewarding one throughout the years and we welcome another new season of local and international performances. The new programme is a credit to the organization and its ability to support to Northern Ireland’s outstanding young musicians, aspiring conductors and composers. We look forward to a restored Ulster Hall which will enhance audience experience as well as becoming the administrative base for the orchestra. We wish them every success.”
Principal Conductor Kenneth Montgomery welcomes the Orchestra’s move to the Ulster Hall scheduled for March 2009, “It opens up whole new areas, working ever more closely with Belfast City Council to provide access to the hall, developing school concerts and lunchtime concerts, and supporting the city’s regeneration and cultural tourism agendas. It will be an exciting period”.
The new season brochure is available from the Ulster Orchestra Box Office- Tel: 028 9066 8798 or online: www.ulster-orchestra.org.uk