Organic Lunches: David Coonan at the Ulster Hall

Organic Lunches
Ulster Hall, Belfast

May Day is an auspicious date for the world premiere of David Coonan’s work Jesus Christus, unser Heiland. Played on the magnificent Mulholland Organ in the Ulster Hall, Belfast city organist Colm Carey obviously enjoyed the composition in three parts and it was well received by the audience. The occasion was also special as the composer himself was in the hall and took a bow following his work and was signing programmes at the end of the hour long recital.


Remember the name. David Coonan. Only 28 years of age, he is finishing off his PhD in London and already has a number of commissions. His work has been performed by international orchestras including The London Symphony Orchestra, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of the Chapels Royal HM Tower of London. His CV is long and impressive and his future is bright.

Certainly his music today was full of statements, whispers, sometimes playful, other times stern. There were deep troughs between the great waves of music and the final chords rocked the hall.

Colm Carey also played works buy Simon Preston, Felix Mendelssohn Dan Locklair and Naji Hakim. It was a varied programme with a Eucharist spiritual theme and just right for an hour of escapism in the magnificent hall. Why more people weren’t there I don’t know, perhaps if there was a sign on the pavement inviting people in it would help. There is a lot of passing trade completely unaware of the lunch time concerts although the Ulster Orchestra events gather bigger audiences.

The Organic lunch season is now over but picks up again on Friday 18th September at 1 p.m.

by Anne Hailes

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