The composer Ian Wilson will conduct the Ulster Orchestra in the premiere of his new work Flags and Emblems at the Whitla Hall, Belfast, on Tuesday, 30 October, at 8pm. The orchestra will combine with the Ballygowan Flute Band and the pianist Matthew Schellhorn for the piece, which was commissioned by the Ulster Orchestra.
Wilson has said that the piece explores the juxtaposition of two different types of musical material. ‘Marches can start to sound like folk tunes and vice versa, for instance,’ he said. ‘All the music is original, including a couple of “new” folk tunes and marches I’ve written for the occasion, all presented through the prism of a fantasy-like work which is by turns exciting, contemplative and uplifting.’
Wilson will also conduct Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite and Lutosławski’s Musique Funèbre in the same concert. The composer will give a pre-concert talk at 7.30pm.
Published on 22 October 2012