Please note, with restrictions currently in place this event may be cancelled or postponed; or its venue may be temporarily closed to the public. Check with the event organiser or venue for most up-to-date information.

Description

Irish conductor Robert Houlihan leads the Ulster Orchestra in a programme that starts in one of orchestral music’s most personal moments, but which wakes up to finish in bustling Schubertian style!

While the Ulster Orchestra cannot perform for a live audience as yet, they are delighted to welcome you to a series of digital performances.

Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Dobrinka Tabakova Fantasy Homage to Schubert
Schubert Symphony No.3

Conductor Robert Houlihan

Irish conductor Robert Houlihan leads the Ulster Orchestra in a programme that starts in one of orchestral music’s most personal moments, but which wakes up to finish in bustling Schubertian style!

Wagner’s gorgeous Siegfried Idyll was a birthday present for his beloved wife Cosima, whose birthday was on Christmas Eve; she was woken by the piece’s first performance, given by 15 players on the stairs and landing in the couple’s house. Every melody in the piece had a private meaning for the couple and it is Wagner at his most intimate and tender.

Dobrinka Tabakova is a Bulgarian-born, London-based composer with a strong affinity to the music of Schubert; his work has been part of her childhood and she has regularly arranged his work as part of her studies. Her Fantasy Homage to Schubert is a shimmering, suspenseful tone picture inspired by Schubert’s Phantasie in C major for violin and piano; tremulous strings create an uncertain mood before the opening of Schubert’s Phantasie soars out like the sun bursting from behind a cloud and leads the piece to a gentle, peaceful conclusion.

This homage leads us to Schubert himself and his 3rd Symphony, written in 1815 during the most productive year of his life. The 18 year old was still working as a schoolteacher and taking composition lessons twice a week with Antoni Salieri, but nonetheless he still also managed to compose over 200 works, including four operas, two masses, two symphonies and 145 songs! He started his Third Symphony on May 24 and finished it on June 19; while it is short by Schubert’s standards and strongly inspired by Haydn, Mozart and even early Beethoven, it nonetheless is possible to hear his own distinctive voice and how he would develop his symphonic writing. It is poised and charming, with plenty of glorious melodies (as befits a prolific composer of songs) and dance music that will leave you uplifted and full of cheer!

This concert will be available for streaming for 30 days after the event.

Tickets for the concert are priced at £10 per household and can be booked at ulsterorchestra.org.uk

Tickets & Pricing
  • Price per Household £10
Fri, 16 Apr 2021 7:00 - 8:30pm
Sat, 17 Apr 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Sun, 18 Apr 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Mon, 19 Apr 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Tue, 20 Apr 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Wed, 21 Apr 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Fri, 23 Apr 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Sat, 24 Apr 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Sun, 25 Apr 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Mon, 26 Apr 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Tue, 27 Apr 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Wed, 28 Apr 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Thu, 29 Apr 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Sat, 01 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Sun, 02 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Mon, 03 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Tue, 04 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Wed, 05 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Thu, 06 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Fri, 07 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Sat, 08 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Sun, 09 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Mon, 10 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Tue, 11 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Wed, 12 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Thu, 13 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Fri, 14 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm
Sat, 15 May 2021 12:00am - 11:59pm

You might also like

Ask Us
Ask Us

We're here to help, so if you can't find the info you're after, or you just want to ask a really odd question, then we're here for you.

Ask A Question
Start
Choose a date
End
Choose a date
Back To Top
In order to display distances relevant to you, we'd like to be able to use your GPS location. Privacy Policy
In order to display distances relevant to your current position, we'd need to be able to use your GPS location. To find out more about how we use your location, please read our Privacy Policy
You have previously denied access to your GPS location. In order to allow access to your location, you need to update your site settings through your browser settings to allow this site access to your location.

To find out more about how we use your location, please read our Privacy Policy
Your settings have been updated. They will take effect next time you refresh the page.
By default, all distances on the site are calculated from Belfast City Centre. You can choose a different starting point here, or specify your own.
Open 'Ask a Question' window Close 'Ask a Question' window

Ask a Question

X

Hide this tool

Open 'Sign up for Newsletter' window Close 'Sign up for Newsletter' window

Visit Belfast Newsletter

X

Sign up to the Visit Belfast newsletter and receive inspiring ideas, events and offers which showcase the best of Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Sign-Up

Hide this tool