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. 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.
Next Event – Carols for Christmas
Join the Hospital Chaplains and our choir to celebrate Christmas on Saturday 18 December in Carlisle Road Methodist Church at 730pm. This is a free event, but we will hold a retiring collection for Friends of Altnagelvin, in memory of Stella Burnside, our dear founder and former Chief Executive. Look out for more posts over the next few weeks on what we will sing and a little about the people involved!
If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation online:
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Return to Rehearsals and Covid-19 Risk Assessment
We returned to rehearsals on Thursday 14 October 2021 at 8pm. We completed a detailed Risk Assessment, using Making Music guidance and in line with the Western Health & Social Care Risk Assessment templates for the venue and choral activity. This includes multiple risk-mitigating measures, including maintaining room ventilation / air exchange, social distancing of 1m and wearing face coverings (unless you are exempt). We maintain a weekly watching brief of local infection levels and national guidance.
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 6 July 2021: 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 October 2021 – December 2021) is Friends of Altnagelvin Hospital. The Charity supports those in the care of our hospital and their families.
If you wish to make a donation to us we will add this to the donation which we will pass on to Friends of Altnagelvin. 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: