The Studio Symphony Orchestra.
LOVERS of classical music are in for a treat
when the Studio Symphony Orchestra cements its new partnership
with the Island Arts Centre on Saturday night (November 17).
The orchestra, which was founded by Havelock
Nelson in 1947, brings together non-professional musicians from
throughout Northern Ireland, providing a rare opportunity for
local audiences to enjoy a concert by a full symphony orchestra.
For many years the Studio Symphony Orchestra
has been a recognised leader in non-professional music making in
Northern Ireland and provides the opportunity for musicians from
all walks of life to play orchestral music at a very high
The orchestra has had the pleasure of
accompanying many fine instrumenta]
soloists, including Barry Douglas and
most recently, James Galway at the Waterfront Hall.
At their concert in the Island Arts Centre on
Saturday night, the orchestra will be performing a wide ranging
repertoire, including Mendelssohn's 'Fingal's Cave',
'Flute Concerto in E Minor', Mozart's 'Wine
Kleini Nachtmusick', Schubert's Symphony No 8 (Unfinished) and
Glinka's 'Russian and Ludmilla'.
The orchestra will be under the baton of
conductor David Openshaw and Leader Ottoline Maas. They will
also be joined by soloist Eimear McGeown, who was recently
crowned Clandeboye Young Musician of the Year.
Spokesperson for the Orchestra; Mr Alan
Greenlee said: "This will be out first time at the Island Arts
Centre and we are looking forward to the night; we are really
thrilled to play there.
"This will be the last concert in our 2007
calendar and since this is our 60th year, it is great to be
playing in a new venue," concluded Mr Greenlee.
Saturday night's concert is a unique
opportunity to see a full size symphony orchestra in Lisburn
and, if all goes well, the hope is that more concerts could soon
For further information or to book tickets
for the concert, priced £10/8, contact the Island Arts Centre
Box Office on 028 9250 9254.