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Ulster Orchestra

Updated: 31 March 2022 | 16:44 PM

Agreements between Ulster Orchestra and the MU for employed and self-employed orchestral musicians.

Rates of pay for freelance players effective from 1 August 2019

Concert rates

(for up to 6 hours of playing in one day, including either two or more rehearsal sessions, a single rehearsal session and concert, or a single concert session only)

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£106.41 £112.80 £118.12 £127.70

Distance / Travel

Distance (where transport or travel fare is provided) 16p per mile
Travel (where transport is NOT provided) 35p per mile
Additional distance fee (for players based in mainland UK) £22.40
Distance fee (for players based in Republic of Ireland, paid instead of the travelling allowance) £40.00

Out of town

Musicians based in Belfast, who are required to work outside a radius of 7 miles from the Ulster Hall.

1 meal allowance*


2 meal allowance*


*leaving base before 1.30pm and returning after 6.00pm

Overnight stay in Northern Ireland

Bed & Breakfast (where accommodation is not provided) Additional Payment for musicians based outside Northern Ireland required to stay more than one night)
£63.10 £21.50

Late return

Midnight - 12:30am 12:30 - 1:00am 1:00 - 2:00am
£5.01 £10.03 £15.04


Contact details

Orchestra manager: Karen Sexton

Ulster Orchestra, Ulster Hall, Bedford Street, Belfast, BT2 7FF

028 9023 9900

MU Steward: Helen Neale (Wakelam)

MU H&S Representative: Michele Strong