The Ulster Orchestra presented a very unusual, distinguished guest at its concert on 28th May...a six foot tall friendly sea monster.
‘Webster the Port Monster’, Belfast Harbour's environmental guardian, took to the stage during the one hour concert based on a theme very close to Webster's heart - Water! Prior to the concert performance, Belfast Harbour in conjunction with the Ulster Orchestra staged a series of musical workshops with 12 Belfast Primary Schools.
The water themed concert - "Webster’s WaterWorks with the Ulster Orchestra" - will feature music from Richard Strauss, Smetana, Handel, Britten and pieces by the renowned American composer, John Williams, who wrote the hugely recognized movie music for JAWS.
The workshops prior to the concert allowed the players to discuss their careers as musicians and to explain what it is like to perform with the Ulster Orchestra. Beyond listening to some wonderful pieces of music, pupils had the chance to explore their own musical creativity using percussion instruments and get the opportunity to perform a piece at the concert alongside the other schools and Webster.
Roy Adair, Chief Executive of Belfast Harbour explained that the Ulster Orchestra project fits perfectly into the organisation’s Corporate Responsibility programme.
“This is going to be a fantastic event and we are really delighted to be able to give hundreds of children the chance to experience the music of the Ulster Orchestra. For many of the children this is an opportunity for them to see something totally different – to experience the Ulster Hall, to engage with Webster the Port Monster and to hear classical music, possibly for the first time,” he said.