Welcome to the Ulster College of Music

A registered charity established in 1966 by Miss Daphne Bell MBE (charity no: NIC101695)

We are proud to employ highly qualified teaching staff, professional performers and members of the Ulster Orchestra who together provide:

  • classes in GCSE & A Level Music, Aural Skills, Music Theory, Music Appreciation, Chamber Music;
  • junior classes: Musical Fun Foundation Course For Children, Recorder, Suzuki Violin, Junior Ensemble Class;
  • individual lessons to pupils of all ages on a variety of instruments, including all orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, voice, drama and Irish Traditional instruments.

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50th Anniversary Ulster Orchestra

Wednesday 28 September 2016

As part of our own 50th anniversary celebrations, The Ulster College of Music will take part in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Ulster Orchestra. 28th September marks the anniversary of the Ulster Orchestra’s first public performance, and their musicians will be performing in 50 concerts in a day all over the city of Belfast. Several of our tutors will be participating in performances in different venues throughout the day.

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Harry Cawood

Masterclasses for Violin and Viola
Wednesday 19 & Saturday 22 October 2016

Having heard the violin on the radio, aged 4, Harry pleaded with his parents in Newcastle upon Tyne to let him learn to play. By the time he was 8 they relented and sent him to learn with a carpenter! Not an auspicious start. However he was fortunate to win scholarships to the Royal College of Music and subsequently to the class of Max Rostal in the Hochschule in Cologne.

A period in Lancaster University as first violin in the Resident String Quartet saw the performance of many new programmes and frequent live broadcasts. After 2 years, opportunities to move across the Atlantic presented themselves and Harry was appointed as Head of Strings in Victoria British Columbia. This allowed a wonderful mixture of teaching and performing solo and ensemble music from coast to coast.   One memorable experience was nineteen performances of the Mozart Sinfonie Concertante in twenty one days with Gerry Stanwick from the Fine arts quartet. During this period he was introduced to Ivan Galamian at The Julliard School and had a brief period of study with him before leading San Fransisco Opera for a season. But, following his heart, Harry returned to Salzburg to study String Quartet with Sandor Vegh and became assistant professor there.

On his return to the UK he guest led the English Chamber Orchestra on occasion and The Liverpool Philharmonic for six months. He was invited to guest lead the Scottish Chamber Orchestra where he met his wife Elizabeth. After this time Harry concentrated on teaching and chamber music. Many of his former pupils have become professional players and a few have become distinguished Professors themselves.

For the Master Class Application Form:
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