Wilson reads with the Ulster Orchestra

Wilson Burgess. (2110JC3)
Wilson Burgess. (2110JC3)

Derry’s very own Ulster Scots poet, Wilson Burgess, is all set for the biggest performance of his career when he recites alongside the Ulster Orchestra for ‘Burns Night’ at the Ulster Hall next week.

‘Ye Banks and Braes: a Burns Night Celebration’ will take place next Wednesday evening, January 25, at 8pm in Belfast’s historic Ulster Hall, and to date, over 700 tickets have been sold. In a celebration of all things Scottish, this Burns Night special sees the songs of Robert Burns performed by Scottish Singer Eddi Reader, under the baton of the acclaimed conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, Carl Davis. It will also feature guest appearances by outstanding local artists as well as Highland pipes drummers and dancers.

The concert will be hosted by Dan Gordon of ‘Give My Head Peace’ fame. According to the programme, the climax of the evening will be the annual Burns Address when ‘The Address to the Haggis’ will be read by writer and broadcaster, Wilson Burgess.

Mr Burgess, no stranger to acclaim, is delighted at his latest booking. “To be honest, this is a prestigious event for me and I feel lucky to be invited,” he told the ‘Journal’ this week.

Mr Burgess will also showcase his work at a high-profile event in Belfast’s Linen Hall Library on January 27.