Ulster Orchestra, The

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Ulster Orchestra, The. Sym. orch. of N. Ireland. Founded 1966 to give regular concert series in Belfast and in other towns in province. First recording 1979 (music by Harty to mark his centenary). Prin. conds.: M. Miles 1966–7; S. Comissiona 1967–9; E. Cosma 1969–74; A. Francis (ass. cond. from 1969) 1974–7; B. Thomson 1977–85; V. Handley 1985–9; Y. P. Tortelier 1989–92; En Shao from 1992. Orch. has toured England and has added works by Harty and Bax to its list of recordings.