Ryan takes the lead

Conductor Stephen Bell applauds with the 1,000-strong audience, as temporary conductor, Ballyclare High School's Ryan Greer, conducts the Ulster Orchestra during the its educational concert Time Travel. INNT 10-215-CON
Conductor Stephen Bell applauds with the 1,000-strong audience, as temporary conductor, Ballyclare High School's Ryan Greer, conducts the Ulster Orchestra during the its educational concert Time Travel. INNT 10-215-CON

A SIXTH former at Ballyclare High School took to the Ulster Hall stage recently and conducted the Ulster Orchestra in front of a 1,000 strong audience.

Ryan Greer was at the helm when post-primary pupils from all over Northern Ireland attended a free concert held on March 3, given by the Ulster Orchestra as part of its ongoing education and outreach programmes.

Pupils and teachers who went to the Time Travel concert got a chance to follow the 300-year evolution of the orchestra, from a small string ensemble to a 60-strong collection of instruments of all types, and were treated to a musical journey through time that started with the music of Purcell and culminated in that from the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Presented by Ulster Orchestra Education Officer Ciaran Scullion - and conducted by Stephen Bell - the programme also featured music by Handel, Mozart, Stravinsky, Britten and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Ryan who is studying for A Levels in Music, English, Theatre Studies and History at Ballyclare High, said he’d “thoroughly enjoyed” his stint as a conductor.