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Region: South East N. Ireland

The Category Ards and North Down is a subset of South East of Northern Ireland. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Ards and North Down which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Ards Choral Society

- Comber Brass

- Peninsula Choir [Ards]

- Wellington Memorial Silver Band

 

! Ards and North Down KEY
VISITS (to Website)106
VIEWS (of this Record)152

The Category Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon is a subset of South East of Northern Ireland. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Armagh Banbridge Craigavon which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- St Patrick's Cathedral Armagh [Church of Ireland]

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Portadown Ladies Choir

- Poyntzpass Silver Band

- South Ulster Community Band

 

! Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon KEY
VISITS (to Website)111
VIEWS (of this Record)112

The Category Lisburn and Castlereagh is a subset of South East of Northern Ireland. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Lisburn and Castlereagh which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Drumlough Highland Pipe Band

- Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band

- Island Arts Centre

- Lisnagarvey Operatic & Dramatic Society

 

! Lisburn and Castlereagh KEY
VISITS (to Website)74
VIEWS (of this Record)86

The Category Newry, Mourne and Down is a subset of South East of Northern Ireland. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Newry, Mourne and Down which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Cloughmore Male Voice Choir

Gaudeamus Choir

Newcastle Glees Musical Society

- St Patrick's Choral Society

 

! Newry, Mourne and Down KEY
VISITS (to Website)84
VIEWS (of this Record)97

‘A jam packed programme of the some of the world’s most talented guitarists! ... This annual event remains fresh and vibrant with sell out performances every year.’ Held Early April.

 

* Ards International Guitar Festival
VISITS (to Website)101
VIEWS (of this Record)223

'Set in the beautiful seaside town of Bangor, just 15 miles from Belfast, with easy access by sea and low cost air travel, this highly successful Festival offers classes in Youth, Mixed, Ladies and Male Voice Choirs, Ladies and Mens' Barbershop, plus Madrigal, Sacred and Light Entertainment Sections, all of which offer substantial monetary prizes, with the Open Choral Competition offering a top prize of £1000!' Held Early April.

 

* Bangor International Choral Festival
VISITS (to Website)369
VIEWS (of this Record)573

'For singers, organists and choir directors ... Rich and varied programme, which will feature lunchtime and evening concerts, services, and teaching and workshop sessions ... Charles Wood, musician and composer, was born at 11 Vicars' Hill, Armagh in 1866 and received his early musical education as a chorister in the cathedral opposite his home. He later studied at the Royal College of Music and became a Professor there before succeeding Stanford, that other fine Irish musician and composer, as Professor of Music at Cambridge University.' Held Late August.

 

* Charles Wood Festival of Music & Summer School
VISITS (to Website)382
Also indexedNorthern Ireland International Organ Competition | Charles Wood Singers | Charles Wood Girls’ Choir
VIEWS (of this Record)451

'It began as a one day event, progressed to a weekend one and now extends to eight days and seven nights of music, culture and craic. With up to 200 events the festival caters for music fanatics, families who wish to enjoy a safe, child focused festival, and those who come just to soak up the scenery, the friendliness and the free outdoor music.' Held in Rostrevor Late July.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Fiddler's Green Festival
VISITS (to Website)504
VIEWS (of this Record)545

'Reflects all that is great in terms of craft beers and ciders, gourmet food and a huge range of live musical acts ... With every musical taste from Rock, Bluegrass and Indie to Traditional, Soul and Acoustic being catered for on two stages the Hilden Beer and Music Festival has all the ingredients to make a spectacular contribution to the positive promotion of Northern Ireland PLC.' Held Late August.

* Hilden Beer and Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)227
VIEWS (of this Record)494

Founded 1948: ‘A competitive festival for amateurs of all ages. There are classes for Piano, Vocal, Instrumental, Irish Traditional, Choral and Music Theatre ... Supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council’. Held Mid November.

 

* Holywood Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)171
VIEWS (of this Record)342

‘From yearly programs in our fully equipped classrooms, for leisure purposes to graded examinations, Lisburn Music Centre will find the way to bring the love of music into your life.’

 

* Lisburn Music Centre
VISITS (to Website)247
VIEWS (of this Record)806

'We aim to present all of our concerts in a relaxed format, whilst still maintaining the highest artistic standards. If you attend a Newry Chamber Music concert you are guaranteed a great evening's entertainment. Our artists will introduce themselves and more importantly will talk about the music they are going to play, giving you some background about the composer, when the work was written, its historical context and what to listen out for. We like to feel connected to our audience so that we can all experience the joy of music making together.'

 

* Newry Chamber Music
VISITS (to Website)250
VIEWS (of this Record)460

One of the largest of its kind worldwide. There are approximately 14,000 entries each year; three sessions per day, and the equivalent of 39 days of performance across seven Sections. Classes are scheduled for Newry Town Hall and the adjoining Sean Hollywood Arts Centre. The Feis also enjoys excellent support from local groups and organisations when special facilities are needed for Organ classes and Music Making for Special Needs.' Held February - May.

 

* Newry Musical Feis
VISITS (to Website)262
VIEWS (of this Record)477

‘Competition for organists aged 21 and under. The Competition offers substantial monetary prizes, prestigious recital opportunities and masterclasses with leading organists across the globe. We created the competition to discover great young talent and give them a platform to show everyone what they can do. Founded in 2011 our competition continues to grow year on year as we attract top organists from the UK & Ireland and beyond.’ Held Late August.

 

* Northern Ireland International Organ Competition
VISITS (to Website)314
VIEWS (of this Record)356

‘From a Festival of forty-one classes in the Music section initiated by Dr Winifred E Hadden in 1922 it has grown to a total of 510 classes devoted to the present five different sections namely; Music, Speech, Drama, Irish Folk Dancing, and Dance.’ Held Late April.

 

* Portadown Festival
VISITS (to Website)382
VIEWS (of this Record)494

'In 2005 the local Council of the borough of North Down conferred the status of Borough Ambassador on Bangor Ladies Choir. This is the first conferment ever to an external Organisation outside of the Council Membership and the Choir were privileged and proud to accept this unique position. As Ambassadors the Choir represent the Borough of North Down on all of their travels, and, whether it be Province wide or worldwide, they carry out their duties with pride.'

 

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Bangor Ladies Choir
VISITS (to Website)332
VIEWS (of this Record)679

'We are men in Northern Ireland, from all walks of life, living reasonably close to the seaside town of Donaghadee on the North East corner of County Down, meeting every Monday evening for practice and enjoying concerts, church services, performances for charity events in locations one may not expect to see or hear a male voice choir. Competitions have been attended with many successes over the years but our greatest achevements have been the continued charity work and the enjoyment of choral singing with friends from all corners of the world.'

+ Donaghadee Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to Website)255
VIEWS (of this Record)525

‘An SSAA choir based in Comber. It was formed in September 2012 by Edwin Gray and former pupils of Strathearn School, Belfast, but a warm welcome is extended to all female singers aged 18-35. The Choir aims to perform a wide variety of music to a high standard; their repertoire is extensive and includes pieces from many musical periods and styles – including sacred, folk, jazz and spirituals. The choir performs at venues both in Ireland and further afield ... The Miskelly Chorale has also, since its inception, enjoyed considerable success at Festivals.’

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Miskelly Chorale
VISITS (to Website)87
VIEWS (of this Record)216

‘NYCNI, previously know as Ulster Youth Choir was established in 1999 by Christopher Bell and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Since then the organisation has expanded its activity establishing the Training Choir as well as providing choral workshops province wide and offering training opportunities for schools, teachers and extended vocal training for existing members. NYCNI has performed across Northern Ireland and beyond.’

 

+ National Youth Choir of Northern Ireland
VISITS (to Website)208
Also indexedUlster Youth Choir
VIEWS (of this Record)657

'The longest established such organisation in the whole island of Ireland and for 90 years it has not only provided joy and pleasure to countless thousands of people, but it has maintained the highest standards of music making through the darkest times. Participation in the Choir has given fulfilment to its members and enriched the wider community in so many ways. The Choir is well known throughout Ireland as a result of its successful participation in choral festivals over the years and has made its mark further afield with several overseas visits. Music making has enabled the Choir, through the generosity of its audiences, to contribute many thousands of pounds to deserving charitable causes.'

+ Portadown Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to Website)241
VIEWS (of this Record)736

‘A community choir based in Downpatrick Co Down Northern Ireland. We sing for our own enjoyment and perform to raise funds for charity ... The Choir was formed in May 2007 and developed out of The Singers' Circle night class at Down Arts Centre ... The ethos of the choir is inclusive - there is no audition to join but choir members are required to make a specified level of commitment in terms of attendance at classes, practices and performances. The underlying principles under which we operate are informed by the Natural Voice Network (NVN). Our motto is the popular Zimbabwean proverb “If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing!”.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Voices of Lecale Community Choir
VISITS (to Website)113
VIEWS (of this Record)216

'The operational base for the arts in Downpatrick and the surrounding area. Part of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council's Enterprise, Regeneration and Tourism department, Down Arts Centre produces a busy programme of events all year round, including exhibitions, live theatre and music events and a wide range of classes and workshops for all ages.'

@ Down Arts Centre
VISITS (to Website)232
VIEWS (of this Record)499

‘Music is a large part of the life of the Cathedral. The building houses one of the finest organs in Ireland and, to compliment this, choral music has always played a very important part in leading the worship ... The Cathedral hosts major festivals and services for the Diocese, the highlight being the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations on 17th March.‘

Category Cathedrals
@ Down Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)262
VIEWS (of this Record)319

'We present the best in arts and entertainment at affordable prices, in wonderful modern and spacious surroundings with something to suit everyone's taste and pocket ... The Market Place programme and facilities are enjoyed by local people and attract audiences from far and wide - from Armagh, Craigavon, Newry, Banbridge, Tyrone and Down to Monaghan, Cavan and Dundalk and beyond.'

 

@ Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre
VISITS (to Website)251
VIEWS (of this Record)436

'A multi-purpose venue for everyone to use. It will host cultural, educational and heritage events and activities to include film shows, concerts, exhibitions, literary events, talks and much more ... The ethos of the organ restoration was to encourage the general public to explore and play the instrument. In addition, much of its inner workings have been encased with glass - uniquely allowing a fascinating appreciation of the workings of the instrument.'

 

@ The Portico of Ards
VISITS (to Website)462
VIEWS (of this Record)418

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