Belfast Ensemble to serenade city with Shakespeare Songs

The growing music and art collective is previewing a new piece this week celebrating the work of one of theatre's greatest showmen

The spirit of Shakespeare and his love of musical theatre will be brought to life during a special performance by the Belfast Ensemble as part of the Belfast Music, ‘Summer Season’ programme.

On Sunday, September 16 the Harty Room at Queen’s University Music Building will echo the sounds of Ophelia’s ‘mad songs’, Feste’s laments, Bottom’s risqué ballads and much more.

This will be orchestrated by artistic director of the Belfast Ensemble, Conor Mitchell. The group are an evolving collective of Belfast-based musicians, actors and visual artists, who combine new music with cutting edge stage design and lighting to create musical theatre for the 21st century.

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The Ensemble have just returned from performing in the National Army Museum London. Working alongside Youth Music Theatre, they premiered a new work, Barrack Room Ballads which marked 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Looking ahead to the unique event in the Harty Room, Mitchell said: 'We’re delighted to be part of the fantastic Belfast Music ‘Summer Season’ programme and we can’t wait to showcase what we have to offer.

'We boast a wealth of talent and aim to bring something different to the stage. This is very much a window into the first stages of a new piece and one that I hope to bring to life in the city in the new year.

'I would encourage as many people as possible to come down and enjoy what is sure to be an excellent evening of music and drama, celebrating the work of one of theatre's greatest showmen.'

The event starts at 8.00pm and tickets cost £10. They can be purchased at the venue on the evening or you can pre-book by emailing admin@thebelfastensemble.com.

Belfast City Council’s Belfast Music ‘Summer Season’ programme started in July and aims to animate the city, celebrating Belfast’s vibrant music scene. For more information and to get involved in upcoming events, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events.