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.
Return to Rehearsals 14 October 2021!
On Thursday 30 September, our Committee met and resolved, after 18 months of choral silence to return to rehearsals!
We discussed a return to in-person singing, using risk-mitigation measures as recommended by Government, Arts Council NI and Making Music. We also noted the return of other choirs to indoor rehearsal and the risk-reduction practices that they have adopted. We resolved unanimously that we would now return. We have a date for our planned concert too –
Saturday 18 December – hold the date!
We have fixed a date for a return to rehearsal, as Thursday 14 October 2021 at 8pm. In the coming week, we intend to send you out scores, note-learning learning tracks and dates for the events in our reduced programme. The rehearsals will return to the refurbished Main Lecture Theatre in the MDEC Building at Altnagelvin Hospital. We have 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 2m and wearing face coverings (unless you are exempt).
However, in late July and early August, a rapid rise in local cases of Covid-19 lead to a decision by our Committee that a return to rehearsals placed us at risk, and we delayed the planned return by email communication with the Choir on 11 August. The Committee determined to maintain a watching brief and review this. In view of decreasing cases in the second half of September, we agreed to meet again on Thursday 30 September to discuss recommencing rehearsals. We will continue to review the guidance and inform the choir.
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 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: