Annual Concert 2019
The highlight of each season is the Choir's Annual Concert, in association with Wrightbus, which takes place in Spring and is held in The Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena. The Choir performs a selection of pieces from it's large repertoire, and every year invites guest artistes from the music scene to entertain the audience.
This year's Concerts were held on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th March 2018 at 8.00pm. The programme included songs such as The Dark Island, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Love is All Around, an Al Jolson Medley, an Ed Lojeski arrangement of Amazing Grace, Gwahoddiad, All I Have To Do Is Dream, a Johnny Cash Medley and American Trilogy.
This year we were delighted to welcome Carolyn Dobbin, mezzo-soprano, as our guest artiste, accompanied by Michael Harrison. Carrickfergus born Carolyn, a Samling Foundation Scholar, trained on the Opera Theatre Company Young Artist Programme in Dublin and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.
Carolyn has performed with many companies throughout the UK and Europe, including a two year sojourn in Switzerland.
Carolyn established the Northern Irish Song Project which has seen her collect and record songs by N Irish composers for many years. She has also had new song cycles written for her by contemporary N Irish composers and as a result of this project she has collaborated with Delphian Records and Iain Burnside to produce and launch her first cd Calen-o at The Ludlow English Song Weekend and also in Belfast. She also exhibited her paintings of these composers and the scenes of where the songs are about alongside these recitals.
The Choir also likes to take the opportunity to showcase local talent at the Annual Concert, be they individuals or groups.
This year we welcomed Tom Myles, a 17 year old Clarinetist from Ballygowan. Tom impressed the audience with his technique and musical ability. He was accompanied by his father, Gary Myles, a very accomplished musician. Tom, a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year (Woodwind) in 2018, enjoys making music in many other places including playing in a pit orchestra, in a Bavarian Strollers band and singing in his school chamber choir. This year Tom is also principal clarinet in the National Youth Orchestra. He’s currently studying for his GCSEs, and he enjoys playing hockey for both his school and club.
Each year, choir facilitates a local charity collection after the concerts. This year the beneficiary was Macmillan Cancer and thanks to the generosity of the two audiences, over £2500 was raised for the cause. We greatly appreciate your support of the wonderful charity which has touched a number of choir members in recent times.
Our CD, "Hearts and Voices" is still available and copies can be obtained from Choir Members or the Braid Theatre Box Office, price £10.00
Tickets will be available from the Braid Centre Box Office or choir members