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It was during the latter days of November 1944 that the statement "Let's form a choir" was made to a group of men singing round a coke fire in the Victoria Works of the famous Belfast shipyard of Harland and Wolff during a lunch time break. The sing songs of these men sounded good to the listeners and were a daily feature to help break the monotony of men working long hours during the war years. At the first meeting called for those interested in the formation of a choir the response was so encouraging that rehearsal began the next week.

Progress was good, so good in fact that a room in Belfast city centre was hired and the first full time Director of Music, Adam Donaghy was appointed in 1945. Under Adam's guidance the choir grew rapidly in competence. The membership became larger and more dedicated, the scene of men coming directly from work in boiler suits and overalls was a common one such was the enthusiasm, which pertains to this day. The decisive moment had arrived, the choir entered for Larne Competitive Music Festival and in a strong class entry won first place with an average of 92 marks.

This was the first of a succession of awards won at music festivals in the British Isles, the list is an impressive one. Harlandic have won the BBC 'Let the People Sing' competition a record four times and have represented the United Kingdom in the European finals of that competition on three occasions.

More recently, in 2010 the Choir performed in Budapest, Hungary and in 2014 represented Northern Ireland in the Voices of the Commonwealth Concert in Glasgow. In September 2016, the Harlandic will become the first choir to perform at the Belfast Tattoo.
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Conductors - Click on the name of the conductor to view more details
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Elaine Hawthorne * 2015 -
Archy McNeill * 2014 - 2015
John Lyttle * 2005 - 2014
John Dooris * 2001 - 2004
Mark Burstow * 1991 - 2001
Terence McNeilly * 1990 - 1991
Alastair McQuoid * 1980 - 1990
Jim Mullen * 1977 - 1979
Ronnie Porter * 1974 - 1977
John Anderson * 1972 - 1974
Ronnie McCully * 1968 - 1972
Norman Hawkins * 1966 - 1968
Adam Donaghy * 1945 - 1966
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Accompanists
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Elaine Hawthorne * 2014-2015
Archy McNeill * 2009- 2014
Helena Nicholl * 2005 - 2009
Richard Barnes * 2002 - 2004
David Drinkell * 1997 - 2002
Naomi Hughes * 1995 - 1997
Stephen Linton * 1994 - 1995
Audrey Gillian * 1992 - 1994
Geraldine Bennett * 1990 -1992
Patricia Chambers * 1981 - 1990
Eileen McCullough * 1975 - 1981
Norman Hawkins * 1965 -1966
Maisie Fee * 1952 - 1965
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* Practice night: Thursday 19.45-22.00hrs.
Venue: Sinclair Seaman's Church Hall Corporation Street Belfast
info@harlandicmvchoir.org.uk
Registered Charity No. XR 19800
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