Tickets are now on sale for our Orchestral Masterpieces concert!

Type of post: Orchestra news item
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Posted By: Alison Bell
Status: Current
Date Posted: Fri, 9 Feb 2024
We will return to the Elmwood Hall QUB on Saturday 9th March for this season’s Orchestral Masterpieces Concert, our annual tribute to our founder Dr Havelock Nelson.  Tickets are now available from

Sibelius - Karelia Suite
Weber - Bassoon concerto (Soloist - Greg Topping)
Tchaikovsky - Symphony no 4

Conductor - Tanya Houghton 
Leader - Zuzanna Edmonds

We begin with the Karelia Suite which was the first major triumph of Sibelius as a composer and has been a regular concert favourite ever since its first performance in 1893.

Weber's ever-popular Bassoon Concerto in F major was written in a mere four days in 1811. and we are delighted to welcome Greg Topping as our soloist.  An accomplished player and member of the Ulster Orchestra, Greg has recently played a key role in the success of the "To Bassoon and Beyond" collaboration between the EA Music Service and the Ulster Orchestra which was recognised as the Classic FM Best Music Learning Initiative in 2023.

Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.4 begins with one of the most arresting and dramatic openings in all of symphonic literature as the composer depicts the inexorable power of Fate with stunning fanfares by the brass and winds.  Written following a turbulent period in his personal life, the first performance was given in 1878.