Two Ulster orchestras are going to become a part of history next week as they take part in the 2012 Proms series and share the stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Ulster Youth Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra will perform together on August 4th in a concert that will also feature Sir James Galway the world famous Ulster flautist. Galway was also a soloist when the Ulster Orchestra performed at the Belfast Waterfront Hall Prom concert.
Ulster Orchestra principal conductor JoAnn Falletta will direct the Royal Albert Hall performances. This will be the 11th time that the Ulster Orchestra appeared at the BBC London Proms, but it will be the very first time that the Ulster Youth Orchestra gets to perform at the London Proms. The Youth Orchestra is made up of ninety different youth musicians all between the ages of 15 and 22.
Stanley Foreman, the chairman of the Youth Orchestra said that the youth musicians are all very excited for their chance to perform as part of the London Proms and that for them it will likely be a lifetime experience. He added that it will also be a great chance for them perform alongside many different processional musicians such as JoAnn Falletta and Sir James Galway.
This should help kick off the Ulster Orchestra’s upcoming season that starts in September by raising the exposure of the orchestra. Just last week 50,000 tickets for the new season went on sale. The UYP has been rehearsing over the past few days at the Greenmount Agricultural College to get ready for the concert and will rehearse with the Ulster Orchestra before the Prom actually takes place.