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.
Last Event – ‘A Sacred Space’ 29 May 2022
‘A Sacred Place’ was our return to full performance, and a thrilling concert programme, balanced with drama and serenity! The title refers to the music, the venue and the event.
We sang Schubert Mass in G, an exciting, uplifting piece and series of favourite, famous motets but also featuring a very special piece, the Prayer for Ukraine – Молитва за Україну – by Mykola Lysenko, in support of our Ukrainian brothers and sisters. We also held a retiring collection for the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal for Ukraine.
See more pictures of the event below
Full repertoire list for ‘A Sacred Space’:
Schubert Mass No. 2 in G, D167
Ave Verum Corpus by William Byrd
Call to Remembrance by Richard Farrant
Locus Iste and Tantum Ergo by Anton Bruckner,
Abendleid by Josef Rheinberger
Ubi Caritas by Maurice Durufflé
Prayer for Ukraine by Mykola Lysenko
Directed by Derek Collins
Organist Nicky Morton
Soloists Joanna Higgins (soprano), Neil Black (tenor) Gerald Watson (bass)
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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. Since 2018 we have also held a Carol Service with 9 Lessons in local churches for hospital staff, their friends and families and the local community.
This is a recording of Gaelic Blessing by John Rutter and Irish Blessing, by Philip Stopford. It was made for Altnagelvin ICU A Time to Remember Service video 2021 and recorded in Christ Church. The Organist was Nicky Morton and it was conducted by our Musical Director, Derek Collins. This was in place of the usual, annual, in-person remembrance service for family members and was incorporated into a video along with readings and prayers by the Hospital Chaplaincy Team. We hope that you enjoy it, our first performance since 2019, albeit recorded.
This year’s Charity:
Each year we nominate a charity to support and promote. The nominated charity for this Season (February 2022 – May 2022) is Riding for the Disabled. The Charity is active locally and across the UK. Click on the hyperlink above for more information. One of our won members volunteers for this charity.
If you wish to make a donation to us we will add this to the donation which we will pass on to the Riding for the Disabled Association. 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
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