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.
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!
The Lindsay Chorale were delighted to be asked back to perform at First Saintfield Presbyterian Church, the same church where the late Tom Lindsay formed the Chorale many years ago. They sang a variety of Christmas Carols as entertainment for the ‘Touch Club’, which organises activities and afternoon tea for the senior members of the church. The Chorale also greatly appreciated the delicious Christmas tea of sandwiches, cakes, mince pies, and trifle they were served after. At the end of the concert, Santa made a guest appearance and had even brought presents for the Chorale!