The Belfast Ensemble

The Belfast Ensemble

Making work since 2017, The Belfast Ensemble is one of the most dynamic voices on the Irish/UK stage. Taking our name from the city we call home, we make work with Belfast artists of several disciplines working towards a single vision: cutting edge music-theatre that reflects our world around us NOW.

We find new ways of expressing stories through music – making them relevant for our varied audiences. To do this, we create bespoke, high-design theatre pieces. Each one a total experience for the viewer. Part installation, part underground junk concerts, we want to make work at the very edge of possibility.

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The Belfast Ensemble

Lunaria (a flower that takes two years to bloom) is a bespoke 15 minute work for 9 musicians and 4 performers that celebrates what is possible within a two year period when artists of many disciplines, across many boundaries make music together. Celebrating two years of The Belfast Ensemble, this new work evokes a furiously vibrant city caught in the crossfire of national identities.


This piece is part of PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial 2019. For more information about the project and to download the New Music Biennial album, please visit our project page:


Commissioned by The Belfast Ensemble.


NMC Biennial is generously supported by the following committed patrons, funders and partners:

NMB funders


The performance of Lunaria was recorded live by the BBC at Southbank Centre, London on 7 July 2019 and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 10 July 2019.

Catalogue number:
NMC DL201917
Release Date:
19 August 2019