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Area: City of Belfast

‘A community based music project that provides opportunities for everyone to participate in music classes and activities throughout Belfast. We have gained a reputation for excellence, and there is an enthusiasm and commitment from both teachers and pupils that will ensure continued success. The school is committed to ensuring that our activities are accessible to people of all ages and abilities ... Our largest area of activity is the provision of weekly music classes, offering tuition in a wide range of instruments (tin whistle, violin, guitar, flute, bodhran, mandolin, tenor banjo, concertina, uilleann pipes, piano and keyboards, electric and bass guitar, button keyed accordion, drum-kit and saxophone). These are delivered to communities throughout Belfast in schools, youth clubs, community and cultural centres.’

 

'Founded in 1921, Belfast Music Society is the city’s longest-standing promoter of classical chamber music. We promote world-class concerts in the city, with superb artists and sublime music ... BMS’s annual programme now comprises the International Festival of Chamber Music, the Northern Lights Mini-Fest, the Night Music series of contemporary chamber concerts, Chamber Babies, and a number of outreach and education activities in connection with specific concerts.’

 

Also indexedInternational Festival of Chamber Music

‘The City of Belfast School of Music aims to provide a vibrant and high quality Music Service to all schools within the BELB area and to the wider community. Day school pupils and evening students will learn to make music individually and together, thereby enriching the quality of their lives and enhancing the musical life of the city. The City of Belfast School of Music believes in Equality of Opportunity for all.’

 

‘Founded in 1989 by a group of people who wished to promote the classical guitar and its music. The Society meets once a month in the Ulster College of Music, and meetings take the form of short recitals, workshops, ensemble playing and discussions.‘

 

Category Guitar Societies

'Féile an Phobail was established in 1988 as a direct response to the conflict in the north of Ireland.
Its purpose was to celebrate the positive side of the community, its creativity, its energy, its passion for the arts, and for sport. It furthermore aimed to provide events and entertainment at a price that the majority of the community could afford ... Féile an Phobail has grown from a one-week festival to being the largest community arts festival in Ireland with a year round programme of events ... It provides a programme of arts, cultural and community-based activities throughout the year with its flagship festival, the August Féile being the highlight of Ireland’s festival calendar. '

 

'Strong links with a wide range of industries in the form of collaborative projects and student placements. The curriculum is also supported by our Public Facing events and world-class facilities ... We’re at the heart of a city of music and musicians. The influence of our world-renowned artists is felt everywhere. Start a recording career. Perform. Enjoy the best of contemporary music. Right on your doorstep.'

 

Also indexedQueen's University Belfast

'Key areas of interest include: composition and performance; improvisation, virtual instruments; interactivity and interaction design; spatial audio; hearing and perception; distributed performance; site-specific sound art, critical and cultural theories of sonic arts; history of sonic arts, community engagement in sonic arts; and relationships to the creative industries in local, regional and international contexts.'

 

Also indexedQueen’s University Belfast

‘We are proud to employ highly qualified teaching staff, professional performers and members of the Ulster Orchestra who together provide a diverse range of classes and one-to-one tuition.‘

 

‘BCGC is a professional gospel choir that perform at concerts, civic and charitable events, festivals, as well as on television and radio. They also provide backing vocals for international and local music artists performing in Northern Ireland. Although based in Belfast, choir members come from all parts of the province. The choir takes pride in the fact that it is completely multicultural and cross community. Following decades of violence, division and political upheaval in their country, BCGC are committed to performing music that carries the message of love, joy and peace and to promoting a positive image of Belfast city.’

 

Category Gospel Choirs

‘Performs a wide range of concerts, shows and musicals to suit all tastes. Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds but we all share a common love of music and singing ... The Company has strong roots in light opera, which come from its origins as Ballymacarrett Operatic Society, and today BOC continues to draw on its extensive choral experience as it widens its musical horizons by embracing contemporary shows. Our annual performances in the Belfast’s Grand Opera House have included not just the well known classics but also shows that are entirely new to Belfast.’

 

‘Northern Ireland's only symphonic choir ... The 120+ strong choir performs at least four programmes per year, many alongside the Ulster Orchestra, including performances of Handel's Messiah every Christmas - a tradition that goes back as far as 1886! ... Founded in 2006 with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Phil Kids and Phil Youth Choirs are unique choirs for young singers in Northern Ireland ... Belfast Philharmonic Chamber Choir is a four part mixed voice choir of young people aged 14 – 18.’

 

Category Choral Societies
Also indexedPhil Kids | Phil Youth Choirs | Belfast Philharmonic Chamber Choir

‘Founded on the feast of St Cecilia in 1995 and we have sung liturgies and concerts all over Northern Ireland, and have performed in Scotland, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria and the USA ... Our repertoire stretches from plainchant, great polyphonic works by Byrd, Victoria and Palestrina, music by Haydn, Mozart, Fauré, Duruflé and others up to the present day ... We perform in both concert and liturgical settings and are pleased to offer our services for any appropriate church service in the Greater Belfast area at no cost.’

 

 

Category Chamber Choirs

One of the range of orchestras and bands operating under the auspices of the City of Belfast School of Music : ‘Each year, players from the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra (CBYO) make up approximately 50% of the Ulster Youth Orchestra and a few of our students have  been fortunate to be selected for the National Children's Orchestra, National Children's Brass Band as well as the National Youth Orchestras of Great Britain and Ireland ... The CBYO has a constantly changing membership. Approximately 1/3 of its members leave each year and are replaced by musicians who come from other bands and orchestras within the School of Music. For over half a century the CBYO has contributed significantly to the musical and cultural life of Belfast providing an outlet for its many talented young musicians.‘

 

‘Downshire Brass has become one of Northern Ireland's leading contesting and concert brass bands ... The Band was formed in 1990 by the Amalgamation of the Reid Memorial Silver Band and Hillsborough Silver Band, two of the oldest bands in Ireland at that time. The name Downshire originated from the members themselves as they wanted a new name for the new amalgamated band even though they were proud of the history of both bands. The amalgamation has been very successful and many of the band are original members.‘

 

Category City of Belfast

Formed in 1995 ‘to provide music for a concert in aid of Tor Bank Special School, Dundonald ... but the concert, originally intended to be a one off performance, was a resounding success and a number of requests were received for Festival Brass to perform again. The members, encouraged by the success of this venture, decided to continue for the benefit of those in need. The band has raised funds in excess of £200k for various charities ... Festival Brass now perform on average six times a year’.

 

Category City of Belfast

‘A mixed-voice choir of approximately 70 singers founded in 1987 to perform sacred music to the glory of God. It is based in Belfast and gives two major concerts every year at Christmas and Easter ... The choir provides concerts during the year at the invitation of churches throughout Northern Ireland with the donations going to whatever project or cause that is being promoted by that congregation. Our repertoire is a blend of traditional anthems, music by classical masters and arrangements in the gospel style providing an uplifting and inspirational programme of praise to honour the “King of Kings” ... We are always looking for folk to join us. Maybe you were in a Church choir and sadly the choir no longer exists, but you would still love to be part of a 4 part choir. Why not come along and sit-in on one of our practices? We would be delighted if then you decided to join us.‘

 

Category Community Choirs

'Committed to the idea of opera as a uniquely enriching "total" art form and one which should be open to everyone: through a modern but accessible production style, an emphasis on local participation and young people, and inexpensive ticket prices, the company has broadened the audience for opera in a region where there has been historic under-provision for the art form – and where the arts are uniquely placed to foster relations between communities.'

 

Category Opera Companies

‘The OACC is an award winning, dynamic, inclusive choir based in Belfast, Northern Ireland ... The choir is an integral part of Open Arts, an organisation that engages with disabled people in delivering high quality arts activities, by promoting artistic excellence and encouraging the participation of people with and without disabilities ... Our choir is available to book for festivals, corporate events, conferences etc. All performance venues for the OACC must be wheelchair-accessible.’

 

Category Community Choirs

Quire: Belfast LGBT Singers formed in April 2005 as an initiative of the Rainbow Project to set up a singing group to perform at the Belfast Pride celebrations in August that year. Around 15 people came to the first meeting - many of whom still sing with Quire. Our current singing membership is around 45 ... Our aim for the future is to grow, exploring new ways to achieve our mission to excite, empower, educate, encourage, entertain and enrich the members of Quire, the LGBT community, and the wider community through the celebration of music making, diversity and friendship.'

 

Category LGBT+ Choirs

‘A large Belfast-based choir. We are a diverse cross-community group who share a love of singing and of performing to the highest standard that we can achieve. Although we sing a wide range of music drawn from the 16th-21st Centuries, our special focus is on great choral works of the Baroque and Classical periods.’

 

Category Choral Societies

‘The Studio Symphony Orchestra is a recognised leader in amateur music making in Northern Ireland, attracting skilled musicians from across the country and performing regular public concerts in a number of local venues. The orchestra is professionally directed by members of the Ulster Orchestra and performs to a very high standard. The orchestra works regularly with the most talented young local musicians, providing them the opportunity to give concerto performances and gain valuable experience. It specialises in staging large scale works which deserve to be heard live but which are rarely staged professionally due to the costs involved ... Are you interested in joining us? We are always keen to attract new members! We don't hold auditions - instead we invite you to come along and decide with us whether you are comfortable with the required standard. As a guide, we would normally expect players to be comfortable playing Grade 8 repertoire.‘

 

'Founded in 1966, the Orchestra’s sixty three full-time musicians form the region’s only professional symphony orchestra ... The Ulster Orchestra gives around 40 evening and lunchtime concerts each season in its home, the Ulster Hall, and in the Belfast Waterfront.'

 

‘The Cathedral is proud to be the only church in Northern Ireland to offer visitors and congregation members a pattern of daily sung services, and we are particularly proud of the musical education we offer to our choristers. Our boy and girl choristers are drawn from schools all over Belfast, and come to the Cathedral between two and five times a week for rehearsals, services, singing lessons and music theory instruction ... Belfast Cathedral is frequently used for the staging of events – big and small. The cathedral’s unique atmosphere makes it an ideal venue for seated dinners, receptions, musical performances, and more.’

 

Category Cathedrals

'If it’s on, it’s on at the Waterfront! As Northern Ireland’s home of live entertainment, the Waterfront offers an unrivalled choice of world class events. Here you will enjoy a premium quality local and international programme of rock and popular music concerts, stand up comedy, classical music, opera and ballet, theatre, talks, seasonal showcases and much more.'

 

'Northern Ireland's premier theatre. Presenting a varied programmes of musicals, drama, music, comedy, opera, dance and other special events.'

 

Category City of Belfast

Hosts classical concerts and recitals and many other types of musical event: 'The Mulholland Grand Organ has long been recognised as one of the finest examples of classical organ building. It has been the heartbeat of the Ulster Hall throughout the building’s history and continues to play an important role in the venue’s cultural activities'.

 

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