30th June, 2019 - Sing Out
The Clare Chorale featured on John Anderson’s ‘Sing Out’ programme on BBC Radio Ulster on Sunday afternoon. The first piece in the programme is ‘Spiritual Jubilee’ which was recorded by John Anderson and Stephen Hamill on 25th April, 2015 at the choir’s annual concert in Ballyclare High School.
Follow this link to listen to the programme - ‘Sing Out’
Note this may be time limited.
6th June, 2019 - Choir AGM
The choir assembled in Ballyclare High School for the last time this season to hold its annual general meeting. The business of the evening included a presentation to the small group on the general committee that had organised the recent tour to Yorkshire. Dorothy Crampton, Kay Johnston and Gillian Logan were all thanked for the wonderful work they had done to ensure that everything went smoothly during the trip.
31st May - 3rd June, 2019 - Choir Tour to Yorkshire
The Clare Chorale has just returned from a very successful and an extremely enjoyable tour to Yorkshire. Based in North Bingley the choir was able to explore the wonderful scenery in the Yorkshire Dales and sang in Bradford cathedral on Saturday evening in a joint concert with Steeton Male Voice Choir. The Hope Chapel in Hebden Bridge was the venue for the second and final engagement of the tour before returning home on Monday evening. Look out for photographs of the tour on the gallery page in the next few days.
29th May, 2019 - Darren Day Recording of Mio Tesoro
Follow this link to hear Darren Day singing his own composition, Mio Tesoro, accompanied by The Clare Chorale at the choir’s annual concert last Saturday evening in the Theatre at the Mill.
25th May, 2019 - Annual Concert in the Theatre at the Mill
The choir held its annual concert on Saturday evening in the Theatre at the Mill for the fourth consecutive year. The choir welcomed Conor Taggart and the Phat Katz as its musical guests for the evening and again the compére was the wonderful Gene Fitzpatrick whose special entertaining style is always appreciated. The choir has introduced a number of new pieces to its repertoire in the past year and performed a number of them for the first time during the concert. They, together with a number of old favourites, were enjoyed by a very appreciative audience. Conor Taggart and his band are well known across Ireland and their high energy mix of classics, funk, swing and jazz delighted the audience. In a first for the annual concert the choir’s acclaimed accompanist, Darren Day, took centre stage when he played, for the first time in public, a magical contemporary classical piece that he had recently composed called New Beginnings. His composition talents came to the fore again in the second half of the concert as he sang and played a wonderful piece entitled Mio Tesoro, with supporting vocals provided by the choir. Sheelagh Greer, the choir’s Director of Music, was delighted with the choir’s performance and congratulated everyone on their tremendous enthusiasm and energy which shone through throughout the evening.
2nd May, 2019 - Action Mental Health Charity Certificate
The Action Mental Health charity very kindly acknowledged the donation made by the choir in a letter and certificate which were received recently. The money was raised in a very successful concert held in the Great Hall of Parliament Building in Stormont on 22nd March.
29th April, 2019 - 2nd Ballyeaston Presbyterian Church, Annual Service for the Farming Community
It was once again an honour to be asked to lead the the praise at the church’s Annual Farmers’ Service in what is always a very well attended service. Rev. Chris Glover led the service and various members of the farming community read the Scripture readings. The offering was in aid of the charity the Mitre Trust which supports the incredible work done in the Musgrave Hospital. A delicious supper was enjoyed in the Brann Memorial Hall after the service where everyone had a chance to catch up with old friends over a cup of tea.
4th April, 2019 - Presentation of Cheque to Action Mental Health
The choir was delighted to hand over a cheque for £2,000 to Laura Irwin from the charity, Action Mental Health, at this evening’s choir practice. Laura was delighted to be able to come to Ballyclare to firstly listen in to the end of the practice and then to accept the cheque on behalf of the charity. She thanked the choir once again for the magnificent effort put in to raise so much and assured everyone that it would be put to very good use in the work of the charity. The money was raised at a concert in The Great Hall, Stormont just a few weeks ago.
22nd March, 2019 - Charity Concert in The Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont
The choir held another very successful charity concert again in The Great Hall at Stormont this evening. The concert was sold-out as choir supporters and families and friends of the guest choir from Kilbride Central Primary School filled the venue to capacity. The charity being supported this year is Action Mental Health and it will be a pleasure to hand over a cheque to this worthy cause in the near future. The concert was sponsored by Dr Steve Aiken OBE, who is the MLA for South Antrim.
Ballyclare High School flautists were Emma Blacoe, Corran Crawford and Abigail McQueen and they played the ‘Flower Duet’ from the opera ‘Lakmé’ by Léo Delibes and ‘Three Little Maids’ from the Gilbert and Sullivan opera ‘The Mikado’.
Kilbride Central Primary School sang ‘Here I am Lord’ and ‘So I’ve Made up my Mind’ in the first half followed by ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ and ‘For God so Loved the World’ in the second.
Irish dancers, Madeleine and Sophia Morwood danced two reels and jigs accompanied by Darren Baird.
The Clare Chorale accompanied Erin McWilliam and Katie Leckey from Ballyclare High School as they sang ‘Pie Jesu’.
Annabel Wilkinson, another singer from Ballyclare High School, sang Memory from the musical ‘Cats’ by Andrew Lloyd Weber.
Darren Baird and Sheelagh Greer played ‘Danny Boy’ as a duet on the piano.
Laura Irwin represented the charity and gave a short talk on the work done by Action Mental Health across Northern Ireland.
For photographs of the event see the Gallery page on this website.
9th March, 2019 - Celebration of St Patrick in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh
The Clare Chorale made its way to the city of Armagh this afternoon to join choirs from all over Ireland in a celebration of St Patrick in the magnificent setting of St Patrick’s cathedral. It was a wonderful evening of song, music and dance produced by John Anderson for a programme to be broadcast across Ireland and beyond on RTE 1 on St Patrick’s Day at 9:45am.
8th December, 2018 - Christmas Concert in Portstewart Presbyterian Church Hall
The choir had a very successful Christmas concert in Portstewart Presbyterian church hall on what turned out to be a very wet evening. Despite the inclement weather the concert was well supported and the hall was well filled. A warm welcome was extended to everyone by Rev. Terry Laverty and the concert opened with the choir singing Alexander’s Ragtime Band which was the first of a number of secular pieces making up the first section. Bernard Loughrey and his band then took over the entertainment duties before the choir sang the first of two groups of Christmas songs. It was very much audience participation as everyone joined in a festive singalong in both halves which very much added to the Christmas atmosphere in the hall. A very famous Portstewart ice cream maker supplied refreshments at the interval. Brian Johnston, a very good friend of the choir, was compere for the evening and he was very well received with his hilarious stories and jokes. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and special mention must go to the church’s Cathy Martin and her team for all the hard work that went into the organisation of this event.
28th April, 2018 - Concert in Portstewart Town Hall
23rd March, 2018 - Charity Concert in Stormont
The Clare Chorale performed in the Great Hall, Stormont, in a charity fundraising concert to support the work of the Air Ambulance NI. Also taking part were guitarists Seth Scarlett and Thomas Hamilton, harpist Susan Bates and the senior choir of Fairview Primary School.
12th May, 2018 - The Clare Chorale Annual Concert
This year the choir's annual concert was held in the Theatre at the Mill, Mossley and once again the house was full almost to capacity to hear the choir and special guests, Festival Brass, as well as the well-known comedian, Gene Fitzpatrick.
Follow this link to open the concert programme - Annual Concert 2018