Choir to perform at unique choral event for liver charity

Ballyclare Male Choir pictured at a recent concert held in St Peter's Parish Church, Drogheda. INNT 18-207-CON
Ballyclare Male Choir pictured at a recent concert held in St Peter's Parish Church, Drogheda. INNT 18-207-CON

BALLYCLARE Male Choir is preparing to take part in an unique choral event this weekend, on behalf of the Liver Support Group at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital.

The local choir will be joined by another all male choir - the Much Wenlock Male Voice Choir from Shropshire in England - for this event which is taking place in Rosemary Street First Presbyterian Church Belfast at 3pm on Sunday, May 8.

The RVH Liver Support Group operates throughout the province and is run by a voluntary committee with the help of volunteer liver patients and their carers. It offers support not only to patients, but also to their relatives and friends.

All funds raised are used to provide medical equipment to wards and outpatients. Each and every year the Ballyclare Male Choir Chairman nominates a charity to be supported by choir members throughout the season and voluntary donations are made at each and every choir practice.

The Much Wenlock choir meanwhile, are in the province for a weekend tour with conductor, Paul Kelly and accompanist, Rosemary Whiteford. The choirhas 77 members on its books and since 1980 has been on some 25 tours both home and abroad.

Much Wenlock, population 3,000 is located about 10 miles from Shrewsbury on the border of Wales. It has the distinction of being the birthplace of William Penny Brookes - the founding father of the modern Olympic Games. The first Olympian Games were held there in 1850 and games still take place annually.

Ballyclare Male Choir is now coming to the end of what has been a very busy season, with engagements in places as diverse as Drogheda and Londonderry. The 2010/2011 season is finally being put to bed with a short tour to Kirkcaldy where the choir will join forces with the East Fife Male Voice Choir for a concert on May 19.

Choir secretary Dick Grey would welcome enquiries regarding bookings for the 78th season which begins in September 2011. Dick can be contacted either by telephone on 028 9336 7134 or by email: tgrey@sky.com