Tuning up for Berlin

08 May 2008

The Ulster Youth Orchestra will travel to Berlin this summer to take part in the Young Euro Classic Festival.  The festival brings together the best youth orchestras from around the world, giving them an opportunity to perform in one of Europe’s most prestigious concert venues - Konzerthaus, Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin. 

Tourism Ireland will host a reception for the orchestra members during their time in Berlin.  Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Corporate Services said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted to be involved with the Ulster Youth Orchestra as it gives us the opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland at its best.  Germany is an important market for tourism to Northern Ireland and with direct flights now from Berlin to Belfast, we are looking forward to growing visitor numbers from this market.”

Lady Trimble, Chairman Ulster Youth Orchestra said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to show the talents of our young Northern Ireland musicians to a worldwide audience in Berlin, and the Ulster Youth Orchestra is very pleased that Tourism Ireland is working with us to ensure that the orchestra is shown to its best advantage.’’

The concert programme will feature a new commission by up-and-coming Northern Irish composer Deirdre McKay and Four Diversions on Ulster Airs by Howard Ferguson, marking the centenary of his birth.  The Orchestra will be joined by the young Ulster pianist Michael McHale to perform Rachmaninoff’s spellbinding Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.  The main symphonic work will be Shostakovich’s Symphony No 5.

Pictured preparing for the Ulster Youth Orchestra visit to Berlin are Lady Daphne Trimble, Chairman of the Orchestra; Niamh Owens, Ulster Youth Orchestra violinist; and Niall Gibbons, Director of Corporate Services, Tourism Ireland.


Further information:
Elaine Moore/Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland, tel: 028 7035 9260/ 07766 527719
Sonya Cassidy, Weber Shandwick, tel: 028 9034 7300/ 07770 886949


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