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Singing Star Emily Smith joins Ulster Orchestra...

24 January 2015

The Ulster Orchestra is delighted to announce that Emily Smith, recently named Scottish Singer of the Year 2014 at the Scots Trad Music Awards, will be performing with the Orchestra at its 4th annual Burns Night Celebration, sponsored by the Ulster-Scots Agency.

A fantastic night of music, dance and song awaits you on Saturday 24thJanuary at Belfast Waterfront Hall at 7.45pm. Tickets are priced from £13.50 to £29 and are available from the Ulster Hall and Belfast Waterfront Hall (028 9033 4455) or online at

Joining a line up which alsoincludes local singing star Eilidh Patterson, drummers Marcus and Matthew Wenlock, the Ulster-Scots Agency’s 37-strong Juvenile Pipe Band, folk group Bernagh and the Markethill Dancers, Emily Smith has risen to become one of Scotland’s leading folk singers in the course of the last decade and will take to the stage with her husband, guitarist Jamie McClennan, to perform Burns favourites such as The Silver Tassie,as well as solo selections to includeMy Love is Like a Red, Red Rose. Ahead of her visit, Emily said “Burns Night is such a wonderful occasion and I am delighted that this year I will be marking it in Belfast with the Ulster Orchestra. The connection between Northern Ireland and Scotland is a strong one, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate it together.”

The Ulster Orchestra, conducted by John Logan, will lead all the performers in a programme of music that mixes traditional favourites with more up to date work such as Dougie MacLean’s The Gael, taken from the soundtrack of the film Last of the Mohicans and Logan’s own composition, Tiree. And of course, the work of The Bardwill feature throughout the programme.

The Ulster Orchestra is also thrilled to announce that this year, for the first time, the concert will be broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland television. Made for BBC NI by Barking Films, audiences can see the concert on BBC Two NI in early February.

So why not join presenter Dan Gordon, Emily Smith, the Ulster Orchestra and all our other performers on 24th January? The skirl of the pipes, the whirl of jigs and reels and romance of Robbie Burns’ traditional songs will be the ultimate Burns Night celebration!

Tickets available from the Waterfront Hall Box Office at or by telephoning 028 9033 4455.