NEW: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
RECENT: Find out about composers from unusual places, including Gerard Schurmann, Giya Kancheli, Nazib Zhiganov and Nodar Gabunia, about singing in cars, and meet Jim Hutton from the RLPO and some of our regular contributors in this eighty-minute February 2021 video.
Formed in 1966 and based in Belfast, the Ulster Orchestra is Northern Ireland's only professional symphony orchestra, one of the UK's major symphony orchestras, and has toured Europe, Asia and the USA. Its main concert season is shared between Ulster Hall and the Belfast Waterfront. It forms an important part of the Belfast Festival at Queen's, and has performed frequently at Dublin's National Concert Hall.
Further information at www.ulsterorchestra.com
Ask Alice - On the future of the Ulster Orchestra, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh
Ask Alice - Why the Ulster Orchestra is the most important orchestra in the UK, by Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh
CD Spotlight. Grandest Lines - Donald Tovey's cello concerto, heard by Robert Anderson. '... satisfyingly masterful.'
A straight line career path - Conductor Kenneth Montgomery talks to Maria Nockin about his life, his music and upcoming events
CD Spotlight. This is music - Listening to Japanese composer Akio Yashiro, by Keith Bramich. '... good performances and a clear recording.'