Fancy tea with Hugo D and the Ulster Orchestra?

Hugo Duncan
Hugo Duncan

FANS of the wee man from Strabane are in for a treat when he joins forces with the biggest band in the country.

In a one-off BBC Radio Ulster concert, country will meet classical as Hugo Duncan performs a selection of his listeners’ favourite country songs with support from a very different type of backing band – the Ulster Orchestra.

At this extra-special ‘tea party’, in the Ulster Hall, Belfast, on Tuesday, November 13, Hugo will sing some very familiar songs but with a unique twist – each track will have been specially- arranged and be given new life by the Ulster Orchestra.

Joining Hugo at the concert will be singer and comedian Conal Gallen.

“This really is a dream come true for me. For the past decade I’ve said I’d love to do something with the Ulster Orchestra and was always met with a blank look, so it’s hard to believe this is really happening,” said Hugo.

“When BBC Radio Ulster confirmed it would be happening I honestly had tears in my eyes; it was totally unexpected and I’m delighted.

“It’s going to be a big task performing alongside the Ulster Orchestra but I’m going to go out there and give it my all and enjoy it and I hope the orchestra and audience enjoy it, too.”

Tickets to BBC Radio Ulster’s Hugo Duncan with the Ulster Orchestra tea party are complimentary and will be allocated on the basis of a random draw.

Tickets for the concert are available from 1.30pm on October 11, until 3pm on October 26.

You can apply for tickets online at:, by telephone on: 0370 901 1227 and textphone: 0370 903 0304.

Postal applications for tickets cannot be accepted. UK-wide rate charged at no more than 01/02 geographic numbers. Calls may be recorded for training. Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply.

The concert will be broadcast in a special edition of the Hugo Duncan programme on November 16 on BBC Radio Ulster.