The Ulster Orchestra has been honoured at the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards for its community work. The orchestra, in partnership with local employer JTI UK, has been operating a ticket-and-transport scheme over the winter called Move to the Music. Aimed at people over 70 who are living alone, the project provides a free door-to-door bus service, concert ticket, and hot drink on arrival for concerts at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

The partnership with JTI also enabled the orchestra to launch a lunchtime concert series at the Ulster Hall and put on a free Christmas concert for 1,000 members of community groups.