Ulster Orchestra at docks
Sat 17 Mar

MusicSt Patrick’s Day with the Ulster Orchestra

On Your Doorstep at the Portico of Ards

Join musicians from the Ulster Orchestra for an evening of music inspired by Ireland – perfect for St Patrick’s Day! Amongst the works performed will be Neil Martin’s The Helping Hand, inspired by Seamus Heaney’s poem Station Island and Lacrimae Rerum, a work dedicated to the poet. The Ulster Orchestra is delighted to perform at The Portico of Ards as part of the On Your Doorstep series of concerts. On Your Doorstep is a new initiative for the Ulster Orchestra, founded in its 50th Anniversary Season, which sees the orchestra play in as diverse a range of venues as possible across Northern Ireland.


Arnold Bax Nonet (flute, oboe, clarinet, string quintet, harp)
Neil Martin Lacrimae Rerum (string orchestra)
Neil Martin The Helping Hand (clarinet, bassoon, horn, string quintet)

Ulster Orchestra leader Ioana Petcu-Colan

Leader Ioana Petcu-Colan

*Please note that Neil Martin himself will NOT be performing at this event.

With Neil Martin performing And They Loved


Event Details

Sat 17 Mar
19:30 to 21:30

£10 / Under 25s £5 / Under 16s Free


  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Joe's Hot Spot
  • Slip Inn
  • The Cuan
  • The Slip Inn

How to get here

Portico is easy to find in Portaferry. You can also get detailed driving directions or check out the ferry timetable for crossing from Strangford.