Belfast City Council next week will be honouring one of the city’s most famous artists, as part of the first ever Belfast Music Week.
On Wednesday 15 September, virtuoso flautist, Sir James Galway, will be travelling back to his native city for a special reception marking his 70th birthday year, his illustrious career achievements and the significant contribution he has made to Belfast.

Born in Belfast in 1939, Sir James became one of the first flautists to establish an international solo career, and is one of the most recorded and respected classical artists performing today.

The reception is being hosted jointly by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Pat Convery, and the council’s Development Committee.
Councillor Conor Maskey, Chairman of the Development Committee, who will present Sir James with a gift on behalf of the people of Belfast, commented:

“We are very proud to be inviting Sir James Galway back to his home city. He has made such a tremendous contribution to Belfast not only in terms of the positive profile which he has brought to the city through his talents, but also the very real sense of inspiration that he has given to generations of young musicians here.

Belfast’s music has always received high international praise and we’re proud to be celebrating one of our finest musician’s considerable achievements during the first ever Belfast Music Week.

Sir James commented:
Growing up in Belfast gave me an education which set me on the road to a successful life. I don’t mean Mountcollier or Saint Paul’s schools, but the city itself.

For me Belfast was a wonderful place to grow up in and is a great place to visit. It is always a pleasure for me to visit and refresh the memories of my youth.

The reception will take place in the Group Space in the Ulster Hall on Bedford Street on at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 15 September at 7:30pm.

A limited number of places are available for members of the public to attend the reception on 15 September.

Those interested should contact [email protected] or telephone 028 9050 0512 by Thursday 9 September.

The reception is part of Belfast Music Week which will see more than 100 gigs, featuring the very best in local talent staged at some 30 venues across the city from 12-19 September.

For more information on Belfast Music Week and for a full listing of gigs visit
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