Covenant concert at Ulster Hall

Published Wednesday, 26 September 2012
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Hundreds of people attended a special concert in Belfast on Wednesday evening as part of celebrations to mark the centenary of the Ulster Covenant.

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Music, speeches and prose from 1912 were on the billing for the Orange Order event in the Ulster Hall, entitled 'Soul of a Nation'.

It took place almost 100 years to the day since Sir Edward Carson addressed a massive rally at the Belfast venue, in the lead up to the signing of the anti-Home Rule Covenant.

A wreath was laid at Stormont earlier on Wednesday at the statue of Carson.

Performances by groups, bands and re-enactors featured at the special concert, as well as new written material to acknowledge what was a seminal period in Unionist history.

Accordion and pipe bands and Lambeg drummers played, and entries from the music and literary Song for Ulster competition were given.

Dr David Hume of the Orange Order said the event set the scene for the forthcoming Covenant Day on 29 September.

He told UTV: "We decided we wanted to put on a cultural show to tell the story of the Covenant in words, music and song, and there's a narration running through it of the Home Rule period with some of the key figures of the past coming back.

"So it's bringing together a sense of the past, the present and the future as well, with some really fantastic entertainment."

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