The eighteen pieces in the Ballyclare Male Choir 2016 CD recording" A Journey in Song" reflect some of the current sacred and secular pieces in the choir repertoire. However, it 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 90 years Sam acted in many important roles in the management of the choir.
The choir is also deeply indebted to his daughter, Maureen, whose generous donation to the choir in memory of her father made the production of this CD possible.
Some of the titles in "A Journey in Song" take the listener to many recognised countries around the world. However, others are less obvious, "Hava Nagila "an Israeli folk song and sung in Hebrew, "Eileen Oge" to Ireland and the songs of Percy French, "Anthem from Chess" to Russia and a chess Grand Master, "Last of the Summer Wine" to England and the popular TV series, "African Prayer" to South Africa, partly sung in the Xhosa language and a tribute to Nelson Mandela and "There is Nothing like a Dame" where else but an island in the South Pacific. On the other hand "Dashenka" is an International song about the Travelling people who can be found in many countries. around the world.
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A Journey in Song
In the early seventies, 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 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, current chairman Trevor Forsythe and Kenneth McIlroy are third generation family members.
In the early 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.
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