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Our last performance was on Sunday 29 May, at 4pm, in St Patrick’s Church in Pennyburn.
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
A Sacred Space 29 May 2022 – Download / Read The Programme
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)
Christmas Carol Service 18 December 2022
This was our first in-person performance after returning from our suspension of activities during the Pandemic. We raised £1290 for Friends of Altnagelvin through this concert.
Watch Altnagelvin Hospital Choir Carol Service
Please note that the service begins 5mins into the video. The following list shows at what time points you can find each item.
5’30” Welcome and Prayer
13’18” Te Deum, Mozart
23’24” Carol: Once in Royal
25’50” First Reading
25’52” Adam lay ybounden
28’24” Second Reading
30’00 Ave Maria, Stopford
33’40” Myn lyking
36’45” Third Reading
42’08” Carol: O Come
45’00” Fourth Reading
46’40” Ding Dong! Merrily
49’40” Angels’ Carol
52’05” Fifth Reading
54’00” Christmas-tide, Chilcott
56’55” Nativity Carol
1 00’25” Carol: Hark the Herald
1 04’35” Concluding prayer
1 06’12” END
Tuesday 17 December 2019, 7pm
Marie Curie Community Carol Service
Saturday 14th December 2019, 730pm
Altnagelvin Hospital Choir Christmas Gloria, celebrates 25 years
We celebrated our 25th Anniversary and raised money for Zest NI, performing Vivaldi’s Gloria, premiering the specially-commissioned work by Anselm McDonnell, The Sparrow’s Anthem, and other seasonal pieces in the magnificent historical setting of The Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry, with full choir, organ and soloists.
More than 250 people attended to hear us perform Vivaldi Gloria and premiere the specially-commissioned piece, The Sparrows’ anthem. The was composed by Anselm McDonnell using a text written specially by poet, Sam Burnside. Listen to a recording of the anthem HERE. Read more about The Sparrows’ Anthem.
Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 7pm
AHC Carol Service
We celebrated a service of carols and readings, along with the Hospital Chaplains at Kilfennan Presbyterian Church.
This free event was open for all in the community, hospital staff and family. Gathered donations to our nominated charity at the end.
Handel’s Messiah 18th May 2019
We performed Messiah by Handel, at The Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry, on Saturday 18th May 2019 at 730pm. This is our 25th year, our Silver Anniversary, so the event was very special. We last performed the Oratorio in 2007 in Christ Church.
You can hear members of the choir talk about the event and the choir on the John Anderson on Radio Ulster, Sunday 9th June at 630pm.
This was a special event and the choir was delighted to work with soloists Rebecca Murphy, Doreen Curran, Conor Breen and David Robertson and orchestra leader Tamás Kocsis. Doreen is from the city herself.
Read about the first ever performance of Messiah in 1742, in the Fishamble music hall in Dublin. The feature picture in our poster is an original print of the music hall at the time of the first performance.
ICU Memorial Service
Held in November, this is a touching tribute by Hospital Chaplains and ICU/HDU staff to those who have died in the critical care unit over the last year. Their families are invited to by the ICU and HDU staff and are free to bring other with them. The choir supports this annual event by singing the hymns with the congregation and performing anthems.
This year the service will be held on Sunday 3rd November at 2pm at the MDEC Main Lecture Theatre at Altnagelvin Hospital.
We have held a Carol service for staff, family and friends and members of the public for the last 3 years.
This year, it will be held on Tuesday 3rd December at 7pm in Kilfennan Presbyterian Church.
Derry Choral Festival Participation
For the last several years, we have sung an annual performance for residents, their families and friends and staff at Spruce House, Centre for the Young Sick at Altnagelvin Hospital. In 2018, we were joined by the Pink Ladies Choir and North West Cancer Centre Choir in an afternoon performance at the Cancer Centre as part of the Every Voice Fringe Festival and on 27 November 2019 performed at the Glassworks, Great James’ Street in a programme including the Pink Ladies Choir and NWCC Choir as part of the Every Voice series of Community Concerts, giving a healthcare choir theme.
City of Derry International Choral Festival Website
Recently, the choir performed at the retirement events of the outgoing Chief Executive of the Trust, Mrs Elaine Way and Clinical Lead for Cardiology, Dr Albert McNeill.