|Founded in 1944 in the Belfast shipyard of Harland and Wolff, the
Harlandic has grown in stature over the years and is today
certainly one of Northern Ireland's better known choirs with
thirty six members in its ranks coming from all walks of life. The
age range of members is from 20-90!
The choir undertakes about ten musical engagements each
year, between September and May. The range of music includes part
songs, folk songs, opera choruses, musical theatre, traditional
songs, church music and hymns. We have in the past sung for the
Northern Ireland Hospice at their carol service in Saint Peter's
Roman Catholic Cathedral, Falls Road, firmly establishing our
commitment to cross community arts and the fostering of good
relations with all. We have also sung at Ballybay Co. Monaghan,
Donegal town and most recently at the Dominican Church Athy, Co.
We endorse the principles of good practice in community
relations and cultural diversity outlined by the Community
Relations Council. The choir has received assistance from
Cooperation Ireland, the cross border peace charity under its
Exchanges Programme. The Exchanges Programme seeks to promote
practical cooperation between youth groups and community groups in
Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The Harlandic Male Voice Choir whilst adhering proudly to a
rich musical heritage, is nevertheless always seeking new avenues
to explore and is continually expanding its choral repertoire, in
an effort to bring the unique "Male voice sound" to a wider
audience. Under its present musical director,
Elaine Hawthorne, the
Harlandic looks forward to a happy and successful future in this
our 6th decade of "singing for pleasure".