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On Friday 15 March festival goers will be treated to an unmissable variety concert of familiar orchestral hits, including works by the most prolific living composer of film scores, and the most Oscar-nominated person alive, John Williams. Audiences will get to experience Williams’ masterpieces performed live by the orchestra, which will include recognisable pieces from beloved movie franchises Indiana Jones and Star Wars. 

The concert will also feature well known classical and operatic pieces that are sure to sound familiar as the orchestra perform well known compositions by Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker), Mozart, Smetana, Puccini, Rachmaninov, Strauss, and Camille Saint-Saens, all set against the beautiful backdrop of the iconic Guildhall venue. 

The concert will be led by renowned conductor David Brophy, former Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The Dubliner boasts an impressive musical career, having collaborated with many internationally acclaimed singers and songwriters, among them Eleanor McEvoy, Paul Brady, Brian Kennedy, Declan O’Rourke, Arvo Pärt, Sharon Corr, Máirtín O’Connor, Lúnasa, The Chieftains, and Clannad amongst many others. 

The orchestra will be joined by the inimitable Ailish Tynan, the award-winning Irish soprano that has firmly established herself as one of the UK and Ireland’s top operatic talents. Ailish won the 2003 Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, was a member of the prestigious Vilar Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and a BBC New Generation Artist, where she recorded and performed prolifically with the BBC orchestras. 

On piano duties for the evening will be Derry-born pianist, and festival Co-Artistic Director, Cathal Breslin. In 2008 Cathal and his wife, American flutist Sabrina Hu, became Founding Artistic Directors of the Walled City Music Festival with the aim of creating a brighter future for young musicians in Northern Ireland – dramatically changing the culture of classical music with fresh, innovative and exciting programs from the world’s most exceptional musicians. 

To capture imaginations and inspire future generations of classical music lovers, the Walled City Music Festival is offering special pricing on this concert to children under 16. 

Ulster Orchestra Gala Variety Concert 

Friday 15 March, Guildhall, 19.00 

Tickets £15/£10   Children under 16 - £5 

The Walled City Music Festival is taking place in various venues around Derry from 14 – 17 March. 

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