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Magee Date For Top Ulster Pianist

12 January 2010

The first in a new series of chamber music concerts presented by the Friends of the Ulster Orchestra in association with the University of Ulster, will take place in the Great Hall, Magee campus this Sunday 17th January at 8pm.

For this, the first of three concerts, local pianist Ruth McGinley will be joined by Ulster Orchestra players Thomas Jackson, violin, and bassoonist Julian Partridge for a programme of music by Beethoven, Elgar and Saint-Saëns.

Ruth McGinley has won many prestigious awards, including the Piano Final of RTE’s Young Musician of the Future in 1992.  She won the piano final of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year in 1994 and was also the first winner of the O’Reilly Foundation Scholarship.  Ruth has performed with great success as a soloist throughout the U.K., Ireland, Europe and the Middle East and is also much in demand as a chamber musician and teacher.

Thomas Jackson and Julian Partridge are members of the Ulster Orchestra, and have both previously played in major internationally renowned orchestras overseas.

John Parr, Chairman of the Friends of the Ulster Orchestra, said:  “We are delighted to be back at Magee following the great success of our inaugural concert, given by the Szgeti Quartet, last February.  It is a particular pleasure that our players on this occasion will be joined by the distinguished local pianist Ruth McGinley, undoubtedly one of this city’s most successful and talented musicians.”

Niamh Pearce, Cultural Development Officer at Magee, added:  “We are very pleased to work in partnership with the Friends of the Ulster Orchestra to present these   concerts that really showcase the recently refurbished Great Hall as a superb setting for chamber music performances and dovetail with our own ongoing music programme at Magee.”

 Tickets may be booked in advance from the Cultural Development Office at the Magee campus on (028) 7137 5456 or purchased at the door.  A season ticket for all three concerts in the series (17 January, 21 March and 6 June) is also available.

For further information please contact the Cultural Development Office at the Magee campus on (028) 7137 5456.