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Cellist wanted for pop-up Game of Thrones concert


AN OPEN invitation has been issued to cellists of all abilities and ages to take part in a unique concert in the stunning setting of the famous Harland & Wolff `drawing office'.

Sunday's event will be the last musical performance in the building - where the concept design and detailed construction drawings for RMS Titanic and sister ship Olympic were made - before it is lost as a public space.

The offices are due to be turned into a 84-bedroom boutique hotel.

Musicians Beth McComish and Siobhan McLaughlin are launching what they hope will become a global initiative to celebrate landmark urban architecture and music at the same time.

Beth McComish and daughter Méabh want cellists to join a pop up concert in Titanic Drawing Offices on Sunday. Picture Mal McCann

`Instrumental Cities' will run between 2-3pm on Sunday, with cellists and music lovers alike invited to drop in and enjoy the experience.

"As long as you can sight-read, you can take part," Ms McComish said.

"The architecture is incredible and produces the most amazing echoes and sounds. It would be terrible for orchestras, but for one sound, like the cello, it really travels and is really rich.

"We're going to be playing the `Game of Thrones' theme music, which has become synonymous with Belfast and is filmed down in the Titanic quarter.

"We want to celebrate the instrument and celebrate the architecture of the city. It's the last chance to do it here before it becomes a boutique hotel."

The plan is to have an event each month in a place of interest or note, with tentative plans for other concerts including the City Hall and Lagan Overpass.

And next time the music will not be confined to simply the cello.

Already there has been interest from other cities around the globe.

"Somebody has even been in touch to say we'd love to do this in Copenhagen," Ms McComish said.

"We'll get this one done first. It's a big, big call to arms for cellists to come and enjoy our cellos."

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