Sym. orch. of N. Ireland. Founded 1966 to give regular concert series in Belfast and in other towns in province. First recording 1979 (music by Harty to mark his centenary). Prin. conds.: M. Miles 1966–7; S. Comissiona 1967–9; E. Cosma 1969–74; A. Francis (ass. cond. from 1969) 1974–7; B. Thomson 1977–85; V. Handley 1985–9; Y. P. Tortelier 1989–92; En Shao 1992–5; Dmitry Sitkovetsky 1996–2001; Thierry Fischer from 2001. Orch. has toured England and has added works by Harty and Bax to its list of recordings.