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Enjoy the great variety of music and meet the singers, choirs and people behind the scenes who give the thriving choral tradition in Ulster its international reputation.

Celebrating the high standard of choral music in Northern Ireland. For such a small place, Northern Ireland 'punches way above its weight' when it comes to singing and choirs. Sing Out celebrates these choirs and asks who these people are and why they do it. Meet the members of Seven Towers Male Voice Choir at their annual concert in the Straid Arts Centre in Ballymena, and hear what motivates them to sing and produce such a wonderful sound. Although the Big Belfast Choir enjoy the challenge of singing in different locations and occasions such as 'pop-up choirs', 'flash' choirs, and 'express choir' sessions , their chief intention is to sing as well as they can. They proved this with a stunning performance in the Bangor International Choral Festival, where they won their class. For some of the choirs the music and the standard of choralism are the most important aspects. These are the choirs that have given Northern Ireland a worldwide reputation for choral excellence, and Sing Out examines the reason the country has produced so many great choirs. The programme also meets choirs such as Military Wives, as well as hospital choirs and workplace choirs, whose reason for forming is not solely for musical reasons. Presenter John Anderson will also talk to high-profile individuals in all walks of life, such as sport, government, broadcasting to find out the impact that singing in a choir might have had on their early years. The series is an affectionate and unashamedly biased celebration of choral music in Northern Ireland today.

30 minutes

Last on

Tue 9 May 2017 19:30


Music in the programme

St Patrick’s Primary School, Drumgreenagh

(cond. Patricia McCaughey)

Sing Out With Joy                                                        Mark Patterson

Big Belfast Choir

(cond. Aoife Cormacain)

Don’t stop me now                                                      F. Mercury

Somewhere Only We Know                                        Hughes/Rice-Oxley/Chaplin 


(cond. Maurice Kelly)

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing           Mills/Ellington

Bangor International Choral Festival excerpts by:

Tartan Harmony

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy                                         Raye/Prince

The Rosinka Ladies Choir

Kupalinka                                                                    Trad. Belarusian

Portadown Male Voice Choir

Exultate Justi                                                               Viadani


Mack the Knife                                                            Brecht/Weill

Bangor Sea Cadets

How far I’ll go                                                                         Lin-Manuel Miranda

Ean Ceoil Chamber Choir, Knock

The Seal Lullaby                                                          E. Whitacre

Miskelly Chorale

Chatanooga Choo Choo                                              Gordon/Warren