Ulster Hall's 150th birthday celebrations to close with concert featuring its oldest resident
28 May 2012
The Ulster Hall’s 150th birthday celebrations will draw to a momentous close with a special concert featuring the venue’s Mulholland Grand Organ on Saturday 9 June.
The beloved Belfast venue will resonate to the unmistakable tones of the Mulholland Grand Organ - The Ulster Hall’s oldest resident and arguably Northern Ireland’s most famous instrument - courtesy of Belfast City Organist, Colm Carey, who will be joined by the Ulster Orchestra.
Conducted by Paul Brough, Colm Carey and the Ulster Orchestra will combine to create an amazing wall of sound in tribute to Belfast’s most celebrated and most enduring concert hall, courtesy of a programme featuring Haydn’s exuberant D major Concerto and Jongen’s thrilling Symphonie Concertante. There will also be a 7pm pre-concert talk with David Byers in conversation with Colm Carey and Paul Brough.
While this concert brings the festival to a close, it also represents the first of three unique events featuring the Mulholland Grand Organ, taking place throughout the year to mark The Ulster Hall’s 150th birthday. Christus (9 October) sees organist Tristan Russcher perform Francis Pott’s monumental and epic work, Christus. Legendary organist, Dame Gillian Weir’s farewell Concert takes place on 1 December. Music lovers can book for all three concerts for just £30 by phoning the box office on (028) 9033 4455.
Belfast City Organist, Colm Carey, has widened the appeal of organ music for many years by championing its remarkable breadth of repertoire and through collaborations with other musicians.
The Mulholland Grand Organ has been the heartbeat of The Ulster Hall for almost 150 years. Presented to the iconic venue by former Lord Mayor of Belfast, Andrew Mulholland, the organ has long been recognised as one of the finest examples of classical organ building.
Tickets for the Mulholland Grand Organ concert on Saturday 9 June (priced £15) are available online, from the Ulster Hall and Waterfront Box Offices and by calling (028) 9033 4455.