While there was undoubtedly a Saint Valentine (in fact, there were probably several- including a pope!), the tradition of Valentine’s Day as a day in which you seek out a mate, give gifts to a loved one and celebrate the strong and meaningful relationships in your life was most probably initiated by the English poet, Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer wrote a poem around about 1375 in which he linked the concept of the saint day feast with seeking out love. This poem received widespread attention and fame, and it was after this that Valentine’s Day started to become what it is today.
Love is one of the biggest inspirational powers when it comes to creativity; if you were to try and name all of the songs, poems, plays, movies, books and musicals where love has been the main theme, you would grow old and miss your chance at love before you even scratched the surface. One of Shakespeare’s most famous quotes comes from his play, Twelfth night, and is the timeless line “if music be the food of love, play on”.
This Saturday, the Ulster Orchestra are taking this line to heart. Featuring some of the most beautiful music of the greatest romantic composers, the Ulster Hall will be filled with couples and friends enjoying the beautiful strains of Tchaikovsky, Korngold, Wagner and Schumann. Forget the standard gifts of flowers, chocolates and a mass-produced card – take that special person for a special evening with Nicholas Collon and the Ulster Orchestra!
…and we won’t tell your date if you click here to get the tickets for FREE from Test Drive the Arts.