Miss Orla Rice - BMus (Strings & Piano)
Miss Orla Rice - BMus
Phone: 07894 558802
Orla began playing music at the age of 8, when she was selected by Mr Tohill of the then Southern Education and Library Board to play double bass, because “she was tall”. Despite the whimsical method of allocating instruments, Orla fell in love with the double bass and her musical ability flourished. Between primary five and primary seven, she had acquired Grade 3 on her instrument and upon moving to secondary school, started straight into the senior orchestra. She also began to move through the ranks of the SELB orchestras and eventually became a member of the South Ulster Youth Orchestra. With this group, Orla participated in several concert tours to America, as well as playing concerts all over Ireland. It was through the SUYO, that Orla would also begin to play cello.
Orla then joined the Ulster Youth Orchestra and participated in a concert tour to Germany, where the orchestra played to a full audience in the Berlin KonzertHaus, home of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Their performance received a standing ovation, which delighted the young musicians. Over the years, the group also played numerous concerts throughout Ireland, even occasionally joining forces with the Ulster Orchestra.
After studying music in school for GCSE and A-Level, her passion for music led Orla to study music at Queen’s University, Belfast, where she had the opportunity to participate in various groups, namely Camerata - the chamber orchestra, QUSO - the student symphony orchestra, the Irish Traditional group, QUBE - an experimental music ensemble and Queen’s Chamber Choir. Through these groups, she was able to expand her knowledge of musical styles and playing and how to use the double bass for vastly difference purposes. She was also a member of pop group, Silhouette, who were a prominent member of the NI Music Scene for many years, even recording a song for the NI Tourist Board TV advertisement.
Since her degree, Orla has spent some time travelling around Australia and Thailand, as well as living in Vancouver, Canada for two years, where she was a member of Vancouver Pops Orchestra. Since arriving home full time, she has become a member of Belfast Pops Orchestra and also plays part time with Studio Symphony Orchestra and Irish Video Games Orchestra, most recently at Stendhal Music Festival.
Outside of playing music, Orla is also an active member of St John Ambulance NI, Newry Division, and enjoys running (occasionally!).