It was a BBC Radio Ulster concert, being broadcast live at 8pm.
However, the elements were resisted, I found a parking space on Bedford Street, and ventured in to the Hall after seven o'clock.
The house was full. I found my usual seating area upstairs at the balcony overlooking the orchestra.
It was splendid to see all the familiar faces in the Ulster Orchestra again: Bandanaman, and Hairy Biker (both violinists); the principal trumpeter; the fellow who leads the oboists; the lead flautist.
One of the violinists seems to live quite near me, because I've seen him strolling past Belmont GHQ occasionally.
A variety of romantic pieces were played - being Valentine's Day - with excellent soloists, including two sopranos, a pianist, and the superb Tamás Kocsis, whose rendering of Franz Waxman's Carmen Fantasy was simply divine.
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How fortunate we are to have such outstanding talent.