Saturday 3 December 2016

Celebrating 10 years at the Waterfront

Published 20/01/2007 | 00:11

In sports terms, there can be no doubt about which is Ireland's premier venue. The entertainment equivalent of Croke Park, though, is rather harder to identify.

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When it comes to classical music, I reckon we've three contenders. The top of my chart are the University Concert Hall in Limerick, the first custom-built concert hall in Ireland when it opened 14 years ago; the Mahony Hall at the Helix in Dublin; and the biggest of them all, and an absolutely wonderful auditorium, the 2,250-seater Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

Last weekend, the Waterfront celebrated its 10th anniversary with a scintillating concert. It was on Friday January 17, 1997 that the main hall hosted its first symphony concert. It featured the Ulster Orchestra with two local musical heroes - James Galway, and Barry Douglas.

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