Latest News Virtual Concert March 2021

One of the many things the choir has missed during the pandemic is the pleasure of performing at live events. However, around thirty members have continued to meet weekly via Zoom, under the able leadership of Deputy conductor and accompanist Sheelagh Greer, to maintain and extend our choral repertoire.

To help fill this void the choir now present to you a Virtual Concert, made possible through generous funding from the Northern Ireland Arts Council. It hopes you will enjoy the video and musical presentation and share it with your family, friends and contacts across the world.

The concert is now available to watch on the YouTube internet channel by just following this link Virtual Concert

This is a screen shot of one of the two pages taken from a typical Zoom online choir practice on a Wednesday evening. Sheelagh is visible top left as she conducts proceedings from her home. The choir is also grateful to its deportment officer Ronnie Lee {middle top row} for his role as Zoom master who deals with any technical or operational difficulties.

Whilst the Virtual concert is still free to watch on YouTube, viewers had been encouraged to make a donation to our Chairman’s charity for the year which was Action Bladder Cancer. It was this virulent form of cancer which in a matter of a few months caused the death of our past conductor Paul Briggs. Every choir season the members make a weekly donation to whatever charity the chairman has chosen, and Barry's choice for this season is very significant and a worthy cause.

The Just Giving online donation platform commissioned to accept voluntary donations from viewers of the concert has now closed. At the choirs recent virtual AGM the Director of the Action Bladder Cancer charity, Jeannie Rigby dropped in to accept the £3600, the amount raised by Just Giving.

By coincidence May 2021 was Bladder Cancer Awareness month for this recently formed charity established in 2009. Bladder Cancer is not a rare cancer being one of the ten most common cancers in the UK. Viewers to this page can follow this link to the Action Bladder Cancer website for further information.

At this moment in time it is very difficult to plan any choir activity for the forseeable future. However, the choir secretary is prepared to discuss with any churches, or other organisations, considering future events and who may wish to consider engaging the choir to get in touch via the website with the secretary Ronnie Lee.