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Long Live the King!
The spirit of Elvis Presley comes to the Burnavon this month as we present a programme of music recorded by the King. We will have a great mix of bouncing rock, soulful ballads and a few of his magnificent Gospel songs. So don't be cruel by leaving us lonesome the night of 28 April at the Burnavon! Tickets are selling fast, so as wise men say, only fools miss out. Go to the Burnavon website now to purchase your tickets!
We are also appearing at Tobermore Presbyterian Church on the 21st April, along with the Kidz, to help in their 280th Anniversary Celebrations. Tickets are £5. Show starts at 7.30pm.
Hear the People Sing!
We are delighted to be joining with the Swift Singers from Essex, who are visiting Northern Ireland for the first time in early May. We will singing with them at a very special concert at Desertcreat Church Hall, Cookstown, on Saturday 6th May from 8pm.
A look back at recent reports...
A Merry Christmas to all!
A great finale to this season's concerts on the 15th December when we sang for a full house at the Burnavon Theatre. Many thanks to all who came to the show. We hope you enjoyed it. The reports suggest you did!! A huge thanks to Denver, Roy and all at Burnavon for making the show such a success and looking after us all so well. See you in April!
A look at our Events page will tell you that we had a really busy year, with concerts in six different towns, four different counties and two provinces. We will take a well earned break now to enjoy a restful and hopefully reflective Christmas before we start up again on 12th January with rehearsals for the Spring Concerts when we will be putting on a full programme of Elvis songs to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of his passing.
Looking back to the summer, briefly, we would like to express our gratitude to Mid-Ulster Council for their generous financial support for the recent visit from the Plena Voce Chorale from St. Brieuc/Plerin-sur-Mer in France.
The Sperrin Choir is...
...... a cross-community choir that has its base in St. Swithin's Church, Magherafelt. The choir has members from numerous surrounding towns, especially Cookstown, but also from Draperstown, Dungiven and Coleraine.
Sperrin Choir have been giving a number of concerts every year in different locations including the Burnavon in Cookstown, as well as concerts in Limerick, Sligo, Roscommon and Brittany (as part of the Town Twinning Scheme).
Poster for Parkanaur Concert
The range of music performed is extensive, as our librarian will attest! Extracts from all the major Broadway shows,
compilations (eg James Bond themes, greatest hits of particular artists), folk music from around the world, pop and jazz,
negro spirituals and special Christmas music, both sacred and light-hearted. Our Musical Director, Sam Cuddy, is well-versed in sourcing music and compiling programmes which delight local audiences.
But what really sets this choir apart is camaraderie and enjoyment. Sam conducts weekly practices in a light-hearted atmosphere with plenty of banter. Alongside Sam, as conductor/arranger, the choir is most fortunate to have the continued dedication of Gail Evans as accompanist, despite her work with the Belfast Philharmonic and numerous other commitments. Gail, like many other members, retains an allegiance to the choir, where she first performed. She is now also very committed to the Sperrin Kidz choir, which is fortunate to also have Caroline Jones as Musical Director.
Want to join us?
We have two concert seasons, Christmas and Spring. We rehearse each Thursday from 8pm until 10pm at St. Swithin’s Church Hall in Magherafelt. We also have the pleasure of the company of visting choirs from time to time and perform with them. You could even find yourself travelling for weekend stays here and there, perhaps even abroad! Get in touch via the contact page if you would like to be a part of a great group.
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The Sperrin Choir is grateful for the support of Mid-Ulster District Council.