Ulster Orchestra are facing a grim future due to cuts in there funding from the Arts council of Northern Ireland and cuts from BBC Radio 3.
Really sorry to hear that! I think i'm right in saying that it's the only professional orchestra in Northern Ireland? If the orchestra were to fold then it would have a severe impact in the culture scene over there. Considering that it'd survived 30 years of the troubles then it would be a tragedy if it were not able to get through these next few years as surely the economy will eventually pick up. I think i heard recently that Derry will be the European capital of culture next year. Well if Northern Ireland really does want a brighter future then it has to look to it's shining lights to show the world that it is a gr8 place to go and visit. The Ulster Orchestra is paramount to your arts and cultre scene over there!
I absolutely agree. What a terrible loss. The Ulster Orchestra have been a very fine Orchestra for many years and the Flagship of Classical music in Northern Ireland. Something has to be done to save them!!!
Thank you for your posts. This would of course be very sad if the case - but we can find no reference anywhere else to the Ulster Orchestra being in trouble. Could you tell us more about this?
The Orchestra are not facing immediate closure, they have at least 18 months before there would be job cuts. The extent of cuts is yet unknown, but if nothing is done then by 2015 the orchestra will be no Longer exist. This would be a sad day for music in Britain.
This is a great pity, a truly passionate sounding orchestra. I have many of UO's Chandos recordings which are outstanding.
In the meantime can I suggest that everyone watching this buys their recent Holst offering on Naxos
Is this thread a hoax?
Fully seconded DSM. The Ulster Hall also appears to be an excellent acoustic for recording.