We are a classical choir based around Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry / Londonderry, in the North West of Northern Ireland, with members from both sides of the border and all communities. Proud of our founding and enduring association with Altnagelvin Hospital, the first general hospital to be built in the UK following the foundation of the NHS, we perform two main fundraising concerts per year to support local and national charities which have a focus on health and / or social well-being.
Membership is open and is not confined to staff members of the Hospital or Western Health & Social Care Trust – Join Us.
We sing in four parts and our ever-growing repertoire includes choral music from the last five centuries. While we take the music seriously, we enjoy the social and shared aspect of our work together. Whatever your voice (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass), if you are interested in exploring what we do, Contact Us. We can also be found on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram.
As well as our two main concerts, we also provide a number of community service events. We sing at the Altnagelvin Hospital ICU Memorial Service in November each year and sing carols on the wards after our main Christmas concert. For the last 3 years we have held a Carol Service with 9 Lessons in local churches for hospital staff, their friends and families and the local community.
COVID-19 Social Distancing decision 16 March 2020
It was with great regret that we suspended our rehearsals and cancelled our Concert for May 2020. This decision has been taken by the Committee in agreement with our Musical Director. We watched developments locally and nationally and considered each set of announcements and guidance as they changed daily, making the decision to implement our own moves to protect our members ahead of full lockdown.
We have stayed in touch as a Committee over the last months and held our Annual General Meeting online on Zoom on Thursday 8 October 2020. Our members clearly indicated their hope that we can reconvene to sing again when it is safe. We continue under restrictions on gatherings, particularly indoors and we do not know when we will be able meet together again, but rapid progress with the vaccination programme and decreasing cases in the community give us hope for the Autumn season. We will continue to review the guidance and inform the choir. This page was last updated on 14 March 2021.
A summary of the Northern Ireland Coronavirus regulations and links to the full guidance are regularly updated HERE. The latest news and guidance from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland can be found HERE. Their detailed guide was issued on 30 July 2020 and updated last on 10 December 2020: In the Bubble of Our Making: Reopening the Arts in Northern Ireland
Keep an eye on this spot and our EVENTS page.
This year’s Charity:
Each year we nominate a charity to support and promote. This year’s nominated charity (Season August 2020- June 2021) is Brainwaves NI. Despite suspension of our fund-raising concert this Christmas, we will make a donation to this charity ourselves.
If you wish to make a donation to us we will add this to the donation which we will pass on to Brainwaves NI. You can do this by emailing us for our bank details for a bank transfer, for our Treasurer’s address to send a cheque or via Pay Pal as below.
- click this PayPal link
2. scan this QR Code: