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 are actively recruiting for the new Spring season in 2020!
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.
The dates for our next performance are being finalised. Provisionally, this will be Saturday 16 May, so put in in your diary! The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary since the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, so we will have to feature the composer this year. This will be an exciting challenge for the choir and something for you to look forward to!
More than 250 people attended to hear us perform Vivaldi Gloria and premiere the specially-commissioned piece, The Sparrows’s anthem. The was composed by Anselm McDonnell using a text written specially by poet, Sam Burnside. Listen to a recording of the anthem HERE.
This year’s Charity:
Each year we nominate a charity to support and promote. This year’s nominated charity (Season August 2019- June 2020) is Zest , a Registered Charity. Find out more about Zest.