The Ulster Consort - one of Northern Ireland's finest musical ensembles - is set to enchant audiences with a captivating concert at The Ardhowen Theatre on Thursday, February 22 at 8pm.

Following their sensational debut performing Handel’s Messiah in 2019, The Ulster Consort, under the guidance of internationally acclaimed conductor Matthew Owens, continues to establish itself as one of the country's premier professional vocal ensembles.

Known for its focus on historically-informed performances, The Ulster Consort will take the audience on a musical journey spanning the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th-Century periods.

Works by Michael Berkeley, Howard Skempton, and Philip Wilby will highlight the Consort's commitment to showcasing the work of present-day composers.

The evening's programme at the Ardhowen promises to be a delightful blend of timeless masterpieces and contemporary gems.

The first half will feature John Rutter’s Birthday Madrigals, a celebration of the 75th birthday of Jazz pianist George Shearing, combining elements of Elizabethan madrigals with light Jazz and English part-song.

The second half will commence with Rutter’s Five Childhood Lyrics, a charming performance of texts from poetry and nursery rhymes.

The repertoire also includes Simon Beattie’s new work, Stanford’s The Bluebird, Chilcott’s Irish Blessing, and Charles Wood’s Music When Soft Voices Die.

The performance will open and close with two of Vaughan Williams' most beautiful choral pieces - Serenade to Music, and Five Mystical Songs.

This serves as a poignant homage to Fermanagh's own Joan Trimble, composer and pianist, who studied composition under the tutelage of Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music.

The evening is being presented by Music in Fermanagh, a registered charity, with the generous support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.