In the early nineties, Tom Lindsay, the then organist of 1st Saintfield Presbyterian Church, arranged for a small group of singers from his church choir to sing at special services and other events. Due to the popularity of this group, other singers from outside the church were invited to join. After Tom’s untimely death in 1995 the members decided to carry on the work he had begun and it was fitting that they decided to call this musical group The Lindsay Chorale. Some of the original group are still with the Chorale today!
Over the years their wealth of musical talent has been experienced in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, Belfast City Hall, the Grand Opera House, Stormont Buildings and on BBC Television. They have sung throughout Northern Ireland, Ireland and also in England and Scotland.
The Chorale has an extensive repertoire from sacred, classical and opera to folk, stage musicals and even a touch of ‘pop’. Their versatility has meant that they continue to be in demand throughout the province and further afield.
The Chorale has had a number of very talented musical directors – Richard Campbell, now organist and Director of Music at St John’s Malone, Billy McCay formerly Director of Music at Methodist College Belfast, Phyllis Boyd former conductor of Ballyclare Male Choir and, more recently and most notably, John Dallas who led the Chorale as Musical Director from autumn 2011 until the end of 2018. John taught music at Ballyclare High School and he is also currently the Director of Music at Cregagh Presbyterian Church. He sang with Ballymacarett Musical Society, the Studio Opera Group and sang, conducted and produced for Castleward Opera.
Following John’s retirement at the end of 2018, the Chorale members are extremely fortunate and delighted to have as Musical Director, their former accompanist, Sheelagh Greer. Sheelagh is an experienced accompanist, organist, conductor, vocal and piano teacher and a superb mezzo soprano soloist.
The Lindsay Chorale is available for concerts, church services ad fundraising events. If you would like to get in touch to arrange a booking then you can find contact details on the ‘Contact Us’ Page or click here.
Sheelagh Greer is probably best known as a mezzo soprano but in fact she started her musical career playing piano at a young age. She is no stranger to concert-going audiences in Ireland and her engagements have also taken her to various parts of the UK and as far as Italy and India.
She is a freelance musician, combining a busy schedule of singing, accompanying, directing and conducting choirs, as well as holding the position of organist in her local church. She has a private teaching practice and enjoys hearing the advancement of new young singers and pianists.
As well as working with The Lindsay Chorale, Sheelagh also currently works with the Ballyclare Male Choir, The Clare Chorale, Toccata and she is privileged to be a singer with the renowned chamber choir, Cappella Caeciliana.
Sheelagh was a pupil of the late Irene Sandford, MBE, but has most recently been studying with Patricia MacMahon in Glasgow and Maria Jagusz in Cheltenham. She has released two albums – ‘My Soul Shall Sing’ and ‘Just You and I’. Having accompanied The Lindsay Chorale for several years, Sheelagh took on the role of Musical Director in 2019.