The Dead Beside Us


15 Nov 2017

The Ulster Orchestra is marking the start of EO Lab II, an exciting new pan-European project, with an event featuring local author Tony Doherty as part of this year's festival.

Sounds Like a Boy’s Life features music specially arranged by the Ulster Orchestra’s Philip Walton to accompany readings from Tony Doherty’s memoirs, and the event will take place in Nerve Centre on Thursday 23 November at 8.00pm. Tickets for the concert are just £5 and are available HERE or by calling 028 7126 0562.

Author Tony Doherty has just released the second volume of his memoirs, The Dead Beside Us. This Man’s Wee Boy was released in 2016 and charted growing up in the city in the 1960s and early 1970s, while The Dead Beside Us picks up where This Man’s Wee Boy finished, with the horrifying impact of Bloody Sunday on the Doherty family. Sounds Like a Boy’s Life brings together readings from both volumes, read by the author, with music that played an important part in Tony's life,  arranged for a group of musicians from the Ulster Orchestra. You can expect to hear pieces including chart hits of the sixties and seventies, while local singer-songwriter Reevah will perform Carrickfergus.

EO Lab II is a new initiative for the Ulster Orchestra, one of seven orchestras involved in this pan-Europe project, which is led by Ulster Orchestra Managing Director Richard Wigley and supported by the Creative Europe Fund. Project partners include the Czech Philharmonic and the project aims to encourage musicians to develop new audiences for orchestras through community ambassadors. Three Ulster Orchestra players – viola players Jonathan Simmance and Philip Walton, and trumpet player Paul Young – are working with a number of groups in the Derry area, with Sounds Like a Boy’s Life being the first event to develop through these partnerships. With many more events in the pipeline, this marks the start of an exciting new chapter in the relationship between the Orchestra and the city. The next EO Lab II event will take place on Friday 12 January 2018 in the Glassworks, part of Cultúrlann Derry – details of this event will be confirmed on

Ulster Orchestra Managing Director Richard Wigley said: “It has long been my ambition to connect orchestral musicians directly into society to share inspirational experiences. Sounds Like a Boy’s Life marks a new relationship between Derry and its Ulster Orchestra.”