This year, the Lindsay Chorale celebrated their inaugural Christmas Concert in the beautiful surroundings of Belmont Presbyterian Church.
This was a fantastic evening of festive music attended by over 300 people from Belmont and neighbouring congregations, with Brian Johnston acting as compere and John Ashe of BBC fame reading seasonal lessons. A festive feast was provided including tea, coffee, and a delicious selection of tray bakes, generously provided by the ladies of the church. The Chorale were delighted to be able to donate £1,000 to Belmont Presbyterian Church’s Development Fund, following the success of the evening.
The Lindsay Chorale would like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this concert such a success; to Joanne Boyd for helping in the logistics, ticket sales, and providing supper; to the ladies of Belmont Presbyterian Church and the Lindsay Chorale who provided baked goods; and to the many businesses on the Belmont Road who publicised and agreed to sell tickets for our concert. We really appreciate your help and hope you enjoyed the evening. We are delighted to confirm that the Lindsay Chorale will be returning to Belmont next year for their second annual Christmas Concert.
November was a busy month for the Lindsay Chorale and saw them being welcomed back for their second outing to Ballymoney to provide after dinner entertainment. The varied concert programme featured a mixture of sacred and show songs in the first half with the second half being devoted to Christmas carols to get everyone in to the festive spirit!
Brian Johnston acted as compere and kept everyone entertained with his jokes and yarns.
The first outing for the Lindsay Chorale after the summer break was back to our friends at 2nd Saintfield Presbyterian Church. As usual, the Chorale were warmly welcomed back and their programme this evening included Les Miserables, Carbaret, and Westside Story featuring soloists Ronnie Crosby and Stephanie McCormack.
The Lindsay Chorale were delighted to return to 2nd Saintfield Presbyterian who are such fantastic supporters of the Chorale. Thank you for having us!
The Lindsay Chorale were thrilled to be asked to provide the music for the wedding service of Amy- Rachel Lindsay to Marcus Mawhinney at St. Colmcille’s, Holywood. Amy- Rachel is a relative of the late Tom Lindsay, the founder of the Chorale, so it was a meaningful service for everyone. The Chorale sang a range of sacred pieces, including Cantique de Jean Racine by Faure, and John Rutter’s Clare Benediction.
Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Mawhinney on your Big Day!
Here is a list of upcoming concerts for the Lindsay Chorale. Hope to see you there!
- Wellington Memorial Silver Band, Crossgar War Memorial Hall, 18/09/15
- Cancer Research, Saintfield, 07/11/15
- Ballymoney, 28/11/15
- Lindsay Chorale Christmas Concert, Belmont Presbyterian Church, Belfast, 05/12/15
- Montalto Estate Christmas Carols, Montalto Estate, Ballynahinch, 07/12/15 – 10/12/15
- Christian Aid, Dundonald, 18/02/16
The highlight of the Lindsay Chorale’s season is always their Annual Concert, and this year was no exception. This year’s Annual Concert was staged in Second Saintfield Presbyterian Church and the Chorale was delighted to be joined by guests Wellington Memorial Silver Band and mezzo- soprano, Sheelagh Greer. Chorale member and bass singer, Brian Johnston, compered and entertained both Chorale and audience alike with his jokes and ‘yarns’. This year’s varied repertoire included; Climbing Over Rocky Mountains, West Side Story, The Lark in the Clear Air, and I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside, ensuring all musical tastes were catered for!
Thank you to everyone who came to support us, and to Second Saintfield Presbyterian Church for hosting us.
The first outing of 2015 for the Lindsay Chorale was to Conlig Presbyterian Church. The programme featured a range of sacred hymns and madrigals including; Let us with a Gladsome Mind, God so Loved the World, I waited for the Lord, and A Gaelic Blessing. The Chorale was very warmly received in Conlig and it was a great start to this year’s singing schedule.
The Chorale’s Christmas Dinner took place in the Stormont Hotel and was a very enjoyable evening all round. The Chorale then took a well earned break to return in the New Year and their concert schedule of 2015.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Lindsay Chorale and hope to see you in 2015!
The Lindsay Chorale finished a busy Christmas Season with three nights’ singing at the beautiful Montalto Estate in Ballynahinch. Montalto Estate General Manager, David Anderson, hosted the three consecutive Christmas services featuring a selection of Christmas music and recitations by the Chorale, finishing off with an audience participation number! The music was interspersed with festive readings from Dickens, Laurie Lee, and an entry from the Diary of the Reverend Francis Kilvert, read by John Ashe.
Here are the Lindsay Chorale at Montalto with their MD, John Dallas, and Accompanist, Sheelagh Greer.
On a wintry night, the Chorale travelled to Ballyclare Old Presbyterian Church to sing at their annual Carol Service. The first half was a mixture of secular and sacred music with the second half being devoted to popular Christmas Carols. A glass of mulled wine and some mince pies completed a great evening’s singing!