Carmen with the Ulster Youth Orchestra 

I was delighted to be invited to Belfast to conduct the Ulster Youth Orchestra in February. It was particularly nice to be able to work with this orchestra having once been a member of their trombone section during my school days!

Throughout the course, we worked on both Suite No. 1 & 2 from Bizet’s Carmen – linking in with the BBC’s Ten Pieces 2 project, culminating in a performance of a selection of music from both suites.

Highlights from the course will be broadcast on Radio Ulster over the coming weeks. During the trip to Belfast I was also asked to contribute an interview for a short feature on Northern Irish conductors which will be aired on Radio Ulster – more details to follow soon!