Ulster Orchestra

Biography

Ulster Orchestra

The Ulster Orchestra, formed in 1966, is the only professional symphony orchestra in Northern Ireland.

  • The 63-strong Orchestra gives its main concert season at the Ulster Hall and Belfast Waterfront, but also gives concerts across Northern Ireland.
  • Kenneth Montgomery is the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor, succeeding Bryden Thomson, Vernon Handley, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Thierry Fischer. Montgomery was awarded an OBE for services to music in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List. Since this accolade, he has called for additional funding for the Orchestra, given its importance in Northern Ireland cultural life.
  • The Ulster Orchestra has made some 70 recordings, notably for Chandos, Naxos, BMG, Hyperion, Priory and Toccata Classics. It has toured Europe, Asia and the USA and in 2001 launched the UKwithNY Festival in New York.

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The Ulster Orchestra has won many awards for its education and outreach work, including the inaugural Royal Philharmonic Society Educational Award. It is the recipient of a London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Inspire Mark for the Pied Piper project.

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