To paraphrase the refrain from the old song After the Ball: After the tour is over, After the castles’ closed – After the singers’ leaving; After the music’s gone; Many a member’s saddened If you could hear them say – Many of them are wondering: What comes next? What came next was practise, practise, practise … More After the Tour…
Antrim Community Choir ended its summer season with two tea parties. First, Honorary Chairperson Marie Mulholland received an invitation from Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers, to represent the choir at the Garden Party at Hillsborough Castle on Tuesday 24 June. TV news a few nights before the event revealed that Her Majesty Queen … More A Tale of Two Tea Parties
This last Sunday we visited the seaside! We started singing outside the magnificent Norman castle of Carrickfergus in the bracing sea air before moving into the castle courtyard to serenade the visitors and model soldiers alike. On the advice of a visitor, we ventured down a narrow passageway and squeezed into the tiny ammunition store, known … More Carrickfergus Castle
At the end of March we visited the beautiful grounds of Galgorm Castle. We first sang in the courtyard, then wandered down to the new garden centre, where bemused gardeners in search of spring planting were treated to our warbles. Here is a lovely video from the day:
We shall be singing at Galgorm Castle in Ballymena tomorrow from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Hope to see you there!
Bellaghy Bawn is best known for its links to the Nobel-prizewinning poet Seamus Heaney, who lived in Bellaghy as a child. This 17th century house hosts an exhibition of his works as a tribute to him. It was an honour to sing here and our “majestic poet queen”, Mabel, recited one of his poems as … More Bellaghy Bawn
High on the side of the mountain overlooking Belfast Lough stands beautiful Belfast Castle. It was built in the 19th century by the Marquis of Donegall, who willed it to the Shaftesbury family, who in turn eventually gave it to the city of Belfast in 1934. Today the castle and its grounds are widely used … More Belfast Castle – 26 January 2014
Hello everyone! We hope you’ve had a lovely festive season and we would like to welcome you into the new year with our next performance in the Delusions of Grandeur Tour. We shall be at Belfast Castle this Sunday, 26 January, from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Looking forward to seeing you there!
A bunch of jolly carollers got into the spirit of things with Santa hats, tinsel, and even reindeer antlers. In the quiet little town of Strangford, the strains of Away in a Manger drifted quietly across the lough as seagulls wafted in time to the music … and then we had a great lunch in … More Strangford and Castle Ward – 8 December 2013
The coach rocked and rolled with music all the way to Hillsborough Fort – and back – we are indefatigable! This time we got to sing indoors, and what a difference it made, not only to our personal comfort, but to our sound. We were so pleased with ourselves we wouldn’t shut up, ending with … More Hillsborough Fort – 17 November 2013