CENTRAL ENGLAND: Mike Wheeler's concert reviews from Nottingham and Derbyshire feature high profile artists on the UK circuit - often quite early on their tours.
LISTENING TO TCHAIKOVSKY: Béla Hartmann uses his knowledge of Eastern Europe to argue against the banning of all Russian culture following Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.
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
Profile. Suffering and Delight - Ron Bierman talks to conductor Rafael Payare
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.'