Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra on Tour! 

The 2021/22 season saw the Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra (QUSO), one of only two fully student-run orchestras in Ireland, re-emerge after over a year of disrupted rehearsals due to the pandemic.

Following a successful performance in the National Concert Hall in February 2022 as part of the IAYO’s 26th Festival of Youth Orchestras, QUSO’s Management Committee were keen to venture further afield. In June 2022, for the first time since 2019, the Orchestra undertook a summer tour, travelling to Galway to perform in the beautiful surroundings of Galway Cathedral.

Conductors Colm Mohan and Maebh Martin helped showcase the talent that the students of Queen’s University Belfast have to offer with a night of dances, including extracts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Khachaturian’s Spartacus and Whelan’s Riverdance. Proceeds from the concert were split between the Orchestra and the Ukraine appeal.

The players, Management Committee and Conductors are hugely grateful to the Cathedral’s Music Director, Raymond O’Donnell and to their Galway audience for supporting the Orchestra and helping making the tour such a success. The Committee have exciting plans to go further afield again in 2023 so keep an eye out for updates on the QUSO website and socials!