Serenade to Music: the Ulster Consort

Serenade to Music: the Ulster Consort

Saturday, 3 June 2023, 7.30pm

A celebration of British and Irish music with the Ulster Consort accompanied by organist Tristan Russcher and conducted by Matthew Owens.

In music fit for a summer’s evening, the Ulster Consort presents well-known works by some of the giants of the British and Irish music scene of the 19th and 20th centuries. These include Dublin-born Charles Villiers Stanford, and Armagh-born Charles Wood, both of whom taught Ralph Vaughan Williams, as did Hubert Parry. In contrast, Edward Elgar was largely self-taught, but is now regarded as one of the finest composers of his generation. Celebrate this rich legacy from these islands in the feast of choral and organ music.

The Ulster Consort, which made its debut with a stellar, critically acclaimed performance of Handel's Messiah in December 2019, is Northern Ireland's newest professional music ensemble and one of the very few professional vocal ensembles in the region. Founded by the internationally renowned and now Belfast-based conductor, Matthew Owens, the large core of the Consort's membership consists of singers born or based in Northern Ireland.

Its energies are focused on the finest works of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods – working with period instruments and in an historically informed manner – through to the glorious smaller-scaled works of the Romantic era and the 20th century.

Supported by Lottery Project Funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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Published by Portico Ards on 17 January 2023

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