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Ulster Hall Re-opening Concert

Presented by Petroc Trelawny. The Ulster Orchestra celebrates the re-opening of the newly-restored Ulster Halls, with music by Beethoven, Stravinsky and a new work by Brian Irvine.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

A concert with the Ulster Orchestra celebrating the re-opening of their new home, the newly-restored Ulster Hall. Known locally as 'the Grande Dame of Bedford Street', the venue has been restored to its Victorian grandeur following two years of renovations.

The programme opens with Beethoven's Consecration of the House Overture, originally composed for the opening of the Josephstadter Theatre in Vienna in 1822. Belfast pianist Michael McHale is the soloist in Rachmaninov's showpiece, Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, while Stanford's Songs of Fleet pays a passing tribute to Belfast's long association with the sea and the shipbuilding industry.

A new work by Brian Irivne, Big Daddy Motorhead, celebrates the past by marking some of the Ulster Hall's celebrated performers, before the closing piece - Stravinsky's Firebird Suite 1919

Michael McHale (piano)
Paul Whelan (baritone)
Belfast Philharmonic Choir
Ulster Orchestra
Kenneth Montgomery (conductor)

Beethoven: Overture (The Consecration of the House)
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
Brian Irvine: Big Daddy Motorhead (world premiere)
Stanford: Songs of the Fleet
Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919)

Followed by music from alumni of Chetham's School of Music to celebrate its 40th anniversary:

Francois Couperin
La Sophie:
Sophie Yates, harpsichord
Chandos CHAN0598
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Walton: Henry V - A Shakespeare Scenario
Arr. Christopher Palmer
Stephen Threlfall, conductor
David Threlfall, narrator
Chetham's Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Choristers of Manchester cathedral
Private recording from Chetham’s School
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2 hours, 15 minutes

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