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Harlandic Male Voice Choir
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* Jim Mullen: 1977 - 1979

Jim served as accompanist, deputy conductor, secretary and conductor during his almost fifty year association with the choir. Born, bred and lived all his life in the Woodvale area of Belfast, Jim was a gifted pianist, arranger, bass singer and conductor whose innate and instinctive musicianship was sometimes hidden by a very private persona. Jim conducted with small precise gestures, "Watch my fingers!" being a mantra for errant choristers. Under Jim's guidance the choir learnt Harold Noble's monumental arrangement of "When Johnny comes marching home" and swept to victory at musical festivals in England and throughout Ireland.

When Jim resigned from the choir for family reasons he kept a close interest in Harlandic, even designing and illustrating the name cards for the choirs 50th Anniversary dinner in 1994. In the early days of Mark Burstow's tenure as conductor Jim acted as a mentor for him, giving invaluable help to the then youngest conductor in the UK; Jim was the last "musician" link to Adam Donaghy and passed on the traditions of the choir as well as invaluable musical training. When Jim died in 1996, after a short illness, a large contingent of Harlandic attended his funeral service on the Crumlin Road, paying respects to a quiet man who gave a lifetime of service to the choir.
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