We have had the most wonderful celebrations for our 25th Anniversary Festival and would like to thank all the choirs who came and supported us in this very special year.
From School choirs, including special schools to youth and adult choirs including Barbershop Choruses, the Festival was a wonderful showcase for so many different types of choral music.
It was great to see 3 large Barbershop choruses compete this year together with 5 male voice choirs and indeed 5 ladies choirs – what a full hall there was during those competitions – and what amazing sounds they gave us! Our Gala evening culminated in the fabulous Open Arts Community Choir taking the Open Choral Trophy and a cheque for £1,000! Well done to Bev McGeown and her wonderful choristers!
We were also privileged to have the Mayor of Ards and North Down attend each day of the Festival. He was extremely impressed by the standard of the singing from all of the choirs.
So, we would love to see even more choirs next year – if you have been to the Festival this year or in the past and enjoyed the camaraderie and friendship, not to mention the superb and positive Adjudications, please tell other choirs about us – after all word of mouth is the best form of recommendation!
Dates for 2019 are 3-6 April 2019 –
remember there’s a warm welcome awaiting!
Look forward to meeting you! Festival Committee