THE members of Ballyclare Male Choir travelled to Dromore recently for their final concert of a successful 78th season.
In a packed hall the choir rendered, from memory, no less than 18 sacred and secular pieces under the baton of Phyllis Boyd and accompanist Rosemary Basher. This very intense singing programme was a reflection on the overall busy season, with 16 engagements that began back in September 2011 with a harvest concert in Cloverhill, Co Cavan.
There were number of highlights during the season, one being the Annual Concert where guests included the Rhos Male Voice Choir - the leading male voice choir from North Wales. Then there was an ‘away weekend’ with family and friends to Stranorlar, Co Donegal for two engagements. The choir also played a major part in a charity concert in Belfast’s Grand Opera House. The Marie Curie Cancer Care charity was the beneficiary of the sold out event.
With the singing ended it was time for the AGM. Eric Boyd was re-elected as Chairman for the incoming 79th season, with Colin Campbell as Vice-Chairman. Dick Grey held on to the reins as Secretary, and with Alex Mackay stepping down as Treasurer after many years of service, Reid Anderson was duly elected to take on the important role.
Over the season the choir members had voluntarily given weekly donations amounting to £1,500 to the Chairman’s chosen charities. At the outset Eric Boyd had chosen two worthy causes to be supported, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland and the local branch of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Marina Hoey came along to the AGM to receive £750 for the diabetes charity, and in her thanks to the choir reminded all that in Northern Ireland alone £1million is spent each and every day on the care and support of the 73,000 diabetes sufferers in the province. Recent campaigning and donations have enabled 10,000 insulin pumps to be acquired for needy children and other younger patients.
Stepping up from the ranks of the choir, Leslie McAdoo accepted a similar amount for his charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. Leslie has worked hard for many years in support of the local branch of the charity and in thanking his fellow choir members informed them that the £750 would go to support the Palliative Care Unit at Antrim Area Hospital.
The curtain has come down on another choir year and already some engagements have been pencilled in for the next season, beginning in September.
Dick Grey would welcome any enquiries for concerts or church services between then and May 2013. He can be contacted by telephone on 028 9336 7134, via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or through the choir website - www.ballyclaremalechoir.com