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I feel very privileged that on Wednesday October 9 at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, the Ulster Orchestra will perform extracts of my soundtrack from the new BBC landmark series ‘The Troubles: A Secret History’ as part of a special concert to reflect the events and legacies of Northern Ireland’s past through music and readings.

As a teenager growing up in Belfast, attending Ulster Orchestra concerts were a major part of my life, widening my musical exposure with their performances under the watchful direction of Bryden Thomson and then Vernon Handley who were the principle conductors at that time.

As I work on special orchestral arrangements for some of the themes from my score for the Ulster Orchestra to perform this October, it brings back wonderful memories of when I last performed at the Ulster Hall myself back in 1984, as a member of the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra and City of Belfast School of Music.

Me (Front row, third from left) playing with the City of Belfast Jazz Band @Ulster Hall conductor Arthur Acheson


I’m looking forward to hearing the Ulster Orchestra perform and you can listen in to the entire concert too, as it will be simulcast live on both BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Ulster and available afterwards on catch up on the BBC’s website.

Wednesday Oct 9 2019 -Ulster Hall, Belfast

Yearning for The Light

BBC Radio Ulster & BBC Radio 3 Simulcast

David Brophy Conductor


Extract from The Troubles Suite

For Oil Drum, Organ & Orchestra

I Stoking the Fears

II The Troubles Elegy

III Voice of The People


Tickets are available to book here.


Read Part 1 here of the 7-part series on Scoring The Troubles: A Secret History here.