Festival Comments 2016


Claire Hamilton, MD, Our Lady & St Patrick’s Grammar School:

We are absolutely thrilled with the trophies we have won.   We had a wonderful day and are already planning to be back in 2017.  Thank you to everyone involved!


Oljesa Martinova, MD, Russian Speaking Community of NI Choir - Rosinka

On behalf of the choir I would like to thank for the warm welcome we received at the Festival.  The organisation of the event was brilliant and the atmosphere was a true celebration of music.  We were glad to meet some old and new friends and are looking forward to participation in next year’s Festival.


Karen Elliott, MD of Mraane Ayns Arrang, Isle of Man

Our choir is all back on the Island safe and well and I hope you and your team are congratulating themselves on a successful Festival. We can't thank you enough for all your wonderful help and support. You are truly a welcoming Festival and we will be spreading information about your Festival during this week at the Manx Music Festival. All the Stewards were so kind. We were devastated to have to leave before the end. The coach driver was not moving and he said 10pm and no later!. We felt awful dashing out before the adjudication. Having spent the whole day absorbing all the lovely music, to have to leave was not good. The adjudicators couldn't have been more helpful. All the comments were constructive and we shall definitely be working on their advice.  Thank you again and we all wish you and the Festival every continued success.


Rob Elliott, Main Adjudicator, Festival 2016

I want to convey my sincere thanks to the Festival Committee for all your help, kindness, good humour and unfailing hard work over the past week.  For without it, the Festival would not take place and thousands of singers would not have the opportunity to express themselves and share music - what a really wonderful thing it is that you all do!

It was, yet again, a fantastic Festival and I very much enjoyed not only the fine music and wonderful spirit of the Festival, but also your hospitality and great company. 

I was also pleased to see and hear some very fine performances from choirs, especially from those which I had adjudicated previously and who had continued to work further on their already high standards.

Thank you again for inviting to be part of your Festival - it was an honour to do so. It was also a real pleasure to work with Donal McCrisken, who is a very fine musician.


Michelle Reid, Castle Gardens Primary School, Newtownards

Anne.  We thoroughly enjoyed our day with you and look forward to seeing you next year! Well done on another fantastic festival.


Annie Sharkey, Loreto College Senior School Choir, Coleraine

I look forward to coming back again next year.  I would love to bring my ladies choir who were just formed as a choir last year.  I hope they will have the courage to come.


Debbie Irvine, Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College

We will hopefully be back next year-we thoroughly enjoyed our experience again this year and felt the adjudicator was extremely complimentary of us and gave us fantastic feedback.


Karen Elliott, Mranne Ayns Arrane, Isle of Man

We certainly loved the Festival. We made some lovely friends and heard some amazing music. I will most certainly tell everyone about Bangor.


Bev McGeown, Open Arts Community Choir, Belfast

We had a wonderful day, as always, and thank you again for being so accommodating in regards to our needs.  We really appreciate all your support. Looking forward to next year!


Raymond Nicholson Assessors (Sponsor), Bangor

Glad you all had a successful Festival which was enjoyed by Doris and myself and I am sure by all who attended. You and committee had put a lot of time and effort into organising the successful event.


Donal McCrisken, Adjudicator

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed adjudicating your festival last Saturday.  There was some marvellous singing all day and a really lovely atmosphere.  Please do thank all the ladies involved who looked after me so well and were so cheerful about their work.  The day went like clockwork.  Well done to one and all on what was clearly a very successful festival and best wishes for many festivals to come.




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