The latest CD produced by the choir"Music in the Air" is now available.
It was successfully launched at a special Invitation Concert in Ballyclare High School on 21st September 2019 where the choir performed all sixteen pieces, supported by two young up and coming artistes to a large and appreciative audience.
The choral items found on the CD again reflect some of the current sacred and secular pieces in the choir's wide repertoire. "Rachie" a rousing Welsh hymn and Schuberts arrangement of the 23rd Psalm"The Lord is my Shepherd " are just two of the more traditional sacred pieces. The choir however, introduces the listener to two very new sacred numbers, "There will I be" from the USA, and Sheelagh steps away from the piano to join the choir and singing mostly in Italian in" The Prayer" made popular by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion. There are many other pieces, something old, something new but, the piece that challenged the conductor, accompanist and the choir alike has to be "Music in the air" which gave its name to the title of the CD. The arrangment by Ryan Murphy of this African American Spiritual with its tempo, repetitive lyrics and sudden changes in rhythm was quite a challenge and in particular to Sheelagh, the choir accompanist and any listener to this piece can only but applaud and admire her keyboard skills.
The choir is indebted to the musical talents and skills of its conductor Paul Briggs and accompanist Sheelagh Greer for their hard work and dedication in the preparations for the successful whole day recording session. Paul then used his additional technical skills in the post production and mastering of all 16 tracks.
The CD at £10.00 + £3.00P&P (in Pounds Sterling) can be purchased via the PayPal link below or direct from Sales.
1. What Would I Do Without My Music
The "A Journey in Song" CD released in 2016 has now been completely SOLD OUT.
The eighteen tracks on the CD recording reflected some of the sacred and secular pieces in the choir's then repertoire. However, it was also a tribute to the life of Sam Stewart and his life's journey with the choir as a founder member aged 19 in 1933 until his passing as the choir's only Honorary Life Member in 2013 then aged 100 years. In those 80 years Sam acted in many important roles in the management of the choir.
1. African Prayer
In the 2000's with Brian Agus as conductor "Rhythm of Life"and "Sing for your Life" were recorded. Unfortunately these CD's are currently unavailable. However, here are the lists of choral tracks.
In the era of vinyl records and audio cassettes, the choir made its first recordings led by conductor Billy Thompson. "Walking with God "in 1972 and "Marvellous and Wonderful" in 1974. These recordings were mainly sacred in nature and it is worth noting that at least five members of the present choir took part in both recordings. Additionally, Trevor Forsythe and Kenneth McIlroy are third generation family members.
© 2015 Ballyclare Male Choir