The Phoenix Choir Christmas Concert

It’s a busy festive season for the choir this year as we have not one but three Christmas concerts. However, the recent event at the Shaftsbury Square Church in Belfast has to be a yearly favourite for us – this was our own Christmas Concert in our usual rehearsal venue so it holds a special place in our hearts.

As usual we had a warm welcome as did the audience – this concert is open to everyone and includes refreshments afterwards. It was so nice to see so many friends of both the choir and the church there. As well as normal services the church also hosts free English language classes on Friday evenings.

Christmas is a fantastic time of year to be in a choir as all the old favourites come out – Hark the Herald, Ding Dong Merrily and in the Bleak Midwinter are just a few examples. Of course we also include a few of our current favourites such as The Lord is my Shepherd.

We’re also very lucky to have our member Anne who adds life and love to poetry recitals and this concert was no exception as she gave us plenty of festive verse.

Technical difficulties aside (ahem!) we had a great evening and received a great many compliments from members of the audience which is always lovely to hear.

Tuesday, December 17th at St Dorothea’s in Gilnahirk will be our last concert of the year (phew!) and we’ll be hanging up our hymn books until 2020 for a well-earned rest.

Don’t forget you can keep up-to-date on concerts on our events page.

Donegore Christmas Concert

Ding-dong merrily on high – the Christmas season has started and so has the Christmas singing. We’ve just had the our first Christmas concert of the year returning to an old favourite – St John’s at Donegore. A small but perfectly formed building that the choir loves to sing in.

Have you ever heard the saying an army marches on its stomach? Well that rings true for the Phoenix Choir also. As you can see the choir were fortified at the event with tea, sandwiches and of course, mince pies!

Choir tucking into a festive supper

But how did it go? Well for once we’re going to allow an audience member to answer that question. This is an email our secretary received the next day.

“Just a note to say how much we all enjoyed the Phoenix Choir on Tuesday evening. Everybody was impressed with the Choir and are still singing their praises!
The Rev Jeremy was so impressed and inspired that he preached to us on Wednesday morning at our mid-week Holy Communion, about the whole evening! That’s praise indeed!!

Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2020, I’m sure you are going to be busy with the Phoenix!!
Love and best wishes,
Ps… Please thank and congratulate the Choir on my behalf”

We’re absolutely delighted with such high praise. We enjoy the singing as much as our audiences (hopefully) enjoy listening to us so feeback is lovely. The Belfast Pheonix Choir would like to thank the church and parish of St John’s Donegore for having us.

But there’s more! Visit our events page to find out about our other two concerts, including our own at Dublin Road Reformed Presbyterian Church on December 10th. See you there!

Christmas is coming…

And the Phoenix Choir has not one but three concerts for the festive season this year.

But the big one is our own concert at the Shaftsbury Square Reformed Presbyterian Church on Belfast’s Dublin Road. We’ll be singing all of our favourite seasonal music and there might even be a cup of tea and a mince pie afterwards.

The concert is at 7.30pm on Tuesday, December 10th, it’s free and absolutely everyone is welcome.

Merry Christmas!

An Evening in Helen’s Bay

It’s been a term of repeat visits for the Belfast Phoenix Choir this autumn.

Following the performance at St John’s Church in Newcastle, this time the choir returned to Helen’s Bay to sing for the Percy French Society at their annual dinner.

The evening’s short programme included favourites Moon River and Cheek to Cheek but also sacred pieces Non Nobis with And The Glory of the Lord from Handel’s Messiah.

On this occasion the choir were joined by long-term collaborator, baritone Wilson Graham. Accompanied by Phoenix Musical Director Mark McGrath, Wilson treated the audience to some gorgeous opera pieces including Carmen’s Toreador and of course, The Hippopotamus Song by Flanders & Swann (click here to hear another version).

Mark McGrath and Wilson Graham

To round of the musical programme Musical Director Mark played old favourite Misty, bringing a few misty eyes to the audience.

As always we received a warm welcome from The Percy French Society – and found a few old friends in the audience too.

December is due to be a busy month for the Belfast Phoenix Choir as we have not one but three Christmas concerts coming up. Details are on our Events page but don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.

Songs Sacred & Secular

The autumn term of 2019 got off to a fantastic start for the choir recently.

The Phoenix returned to one of their favourite venues on October 18 – St John’s Church in Newcastle.

As always the choir was given a very warm welcome from a full crowd at this lovely church – not to mention some lovely refreshments during the interval. There was even a cheeky glass of wine for those who fancied it.

The concert kicked off with The Lord Is My Shepherd and featured choir favourites such as Cheek to Cheek. Choir leader Mark McGrath also treated the audience to some gorgeous piano pieces. The whole evening was wrapped up with We’ll Gather Lilacs – and at least one or two singers got a little misty-eyed!

As always the Belfast Phoenix Choir would like to thank St John’s Church and the congregation and hope to visit again soon.