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The Sperrin Choir
The Sperrin Choir is a 50 person, cross-community choir based in Mid Ulster in Northern Ireland. It meets weekly from January to May and from September to December to practise for concert performances. We have sung at venues across Northern Ireland and the republic, as well as in France. We have a long-standing Twinning relationship, through the former Cookstown District Council, with the Plena Voce Chorale in Plerin-Sur-Mer/St. Brieuc in Brittany, Northern France.
We welcome singers of all ages from 16 to whatever..
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'tis the Season!
Sadly our now Annual Concert at First Magherafelt Presbyterian church had to be cancelled this year due to the snow fall. Apologies to all, and thanks to those who helped spread the word. See you there next year hopefully.
We look forward now though to our two Burnavon concerts. We hope to surprise and delight with a varied mix of traditional and unusual Christmas songs, including many beautiful arrangements of well known carols and Yuletide standards.
Our first concert, at First Magherafelt Presbyterian Church, was to take place on Friday 8th December at 8pm. We then go to the Burnavon for two shows, on Thursday and Friday, 14th and 15th December. Look out for the Houston Brothers, who join us on the Thursday. The Sperrin Kidz, of course, will be with us on the two Friday evenings.
Winter 2017 is already a busy term for the Sperrin Choir!
We were delighted to have been asked to take part in the re-dedication service at St. Swithin’s Church on 22nd October, where we reprised some of the Gospel songs that featured in our recent Elvis programme. Then on 27th October we were equally pleased to presenting our full Elvis programme at Woodschapel.
View from the Control Room
We are currently finalising the recording for our first CD in many years. The Choir spent three tiring but rewarding days in Manor Park Studios. The album will feature the favourite pieces from our Elvis programme that received such acclaim last term. We plan to launch the CD ready at a special Charity Concert in early February so keep an eye and ear out for that!
Did you Hear the People Sing?
Sam Cuddy and Clive Smith ready to conduct
pretending to relax
The joint concert with the Swift was hugely enjoyable, with, though we say it ourselves, great singing from the Essex girls and the Sperrin Choir. Hilary Pell treated us all to some beautiful solo singing, and a joint rendition of a medley from Les Mis nearly took the roof off!
We owe a great debt of gratitude to David Bell and all the staff at Desertcreat Hall who put on such a wonderful spread for us throughout the afternoon and evening. David, thanks a million for setting up the sound and managing it through the show. Delighted to know that the concert raised £900 for Church funds.
The wind-down at Glenavon Hotel went on until the small hours, with some more .. shall we say relaxed .. singing! The members of the two choirs got on brilliantly, with lots of laughs and stories shared. We're like old friends already.
We have really enjoyed having the Swift Singers with us and we look forward to a visit to the South of England in the not too distant future! Huge thanks to Barbara and Jean and everyone else who worked so hard to make this a successful and enjoyable weekend.
Long Live the King!
The spirit of Elvis Presley came to the Burnavon in a wonderfully enjoyable show on 28th April. It was a delight to play to a packed house that seemed to really enjoy the show. A standing ovation and an encore - two firsts I think for the choir!! And Big Davy stunned us all with a fantastic rendition of Who Am I. There was a great mix of bouncing rock, soulful ballads and a few of his magnificent Gospel songs.
And the Sperrin Kidz continue to wow the audiences with their performances. Well done again to Caroline and Gail for their terrific work with them.
We also had a full house for our performance at Tobermore Presbyterian Church on the 21st April, along with the Kidz, to help in their 280th Anniversary Celebrations. Thanks to Gareth for the invite and the welcome, as well as the too-tempting refreshments afterwards.
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.