Ulster Youth Orchestra gears up to entertain at Ciclovia Belfast 2020

Ciclovia Belfast is delighted to announce that entertaining the cyclists for the third year will be the Ulster Youth Orchestra (UYO) Brass Quintet, outside the Ulster Hall on Bedford Street.

These five young brass players are members of UYO who have gained a place in this high quality music group through competitive audition.

The Ulster Youth Orchestra is a registered charity, governed by a board of directors. It was established in 1993 and since then has become a vibrant and creative force in the musical life of Northern Ireland.

The Ulster Youth Orchestra aims to develop young people, aged 14-23, through music by providing a creative, nurturing and inclusive environment in which talented, young musicians enhance their personal and musical development. They receive the highest standard of musical tuition, orchestral experience, and performance opportunities, thereby enriching the social and cultural life of Northern Ireland.
We ensure that members are drawn from all the communities and cultural traditions in Northern Ireland, and help this diverse group develop mutual understanding and friendships through working together and sharing learning experiences. The Orchestra is truly cross community and is drawn from all parts of Northern Ireland.

Their main annual activity is their ten day Summer Residential Course and Concerts, when eleven professional tutors, two conductors and a team of welfare staff come together to provide a motivating, challenging and inspiring experience for the young students. Recruitment is by audition and they accept players on their merit alone – no talented young person will be turned away for financial reasons as they run a bursary scheme to widen access and participation.

A series of Education and Outreach workshops and smaller projects are produced throughout the year to benefit a wide variety of young musicians from wind band workshops for younger children to professional development skills for tertiary level students.

Summer concerts will be held on 24th August 2020 at the Guildhall, Derry and on 25th August 2020 at the Ulster Hall, Belfast under the baton of the Ulster Orchestra’s new Chief Conductor, Daniele Rustioni.

Rachael Harriott

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