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Northern Ireland Music - Key Organisations

Northern Ireland Music
Key organisations

Armagh Rhymers
The Armagh Rhymers are one of the most celebrated traditional music and theatre ensembles on the island of Ireland. Since the 1970s they have delighted audiences in schools across Ireland and at festivals around the world.  Through music, storytelling and drama, they provide an experience that is entertaining and educational, with colourful costumes evoking a sense of tradition and history, capturing the spirit of the Wren boys and the ancient house visiting traditions of Ireland, where the kitchen floor became the stage.

Moving on Music
Established in 1995, Moving on Music is Northern Ireland’s leading promoter of jazz, folk, roots, traditional, classical and ‘other’ music. It provides an eclectic mix of music and education services and is dedicated to ideals of innovation and originality, championing new developments in music, inspiring and nurturing musical talents, and providing opportunities for everyone to get involved in music. In addition to presenting a significant number of one-off events and coordinating tours of local and international acts, Moving on Music hosts Belfast’s only jazz festival, ‘Brilliant Corners’.

Northern Ireland Opera
Formed in 2010 as the new regional opera company for Northern Ireland, NI Opera has quickly established a strong international reputation for the quality and the ambition of its productions. It is dedicated to nurturing young local talent and to producing strongly indigenous, imaginative, and risk-taking work. Major productions and co-productions have included Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Thomas Ades’ Powder her Face, Handel’s Radamisto and Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street.

Oh Yeah Music Centre
Founded in 2007, Oh Yeah is Belfast’s dedicated music hub, a resource for music-makers and for the business of music. It provides affordable rehearsal space, a live venue, a music exhibition, café, recording studio, song-writing room, workshop spaces, and office space for local music enterprises. Oh Yeah programmes focus on talent development, promotion and celebration, industry mentoring, youth development and community outreach, music industry incubation and music tourism.

Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland
The RSPBA NI organises and delivers all Championship Pipe Band and Drum Major Contests in Northern Ireland and the Ulster Solo Piping and Drumming Championships. It is dedicated to the promotion of the culture and advancement of pipe and drum music and represents around 70 pipe bands and 3,000 individual members. RSPBA NI provides accredited teaching across Northern Ireland and tours bands and soloists regularly to Russia, Switzerland, USA, China and Germany.

Ulster Orchestra
Founded in 1966, Northern Ireland’s full-scale professional symphony orchestra is at the forefront of musical life in Northern Ireland.  It delivers the full repertoire of major symphonic works with around 40 concerts each season in Belfast plus a regional concert series and regular broadcasts with the BBC, including the annual BBC Proms in the Park celebrations. The Orchestra appears at major international festivals, tours internationally and records regularly for, amongst others, the Naxos and Hyperion labels.