|Alastair McQuoid: 1980 - 1990
Alastair's love of music began at the Methodist College Belfast where he was taught violin. On leaving school, he joined a small orchestra, where one of the other members asked him to sing in the chorus of Downe Operatic Society in a forthcoming performance of "The Mikado). Alastair then developed a love for choral music and studied singing under James Shaw, one of Ulster's finest 20th century singing teachers. Alastair also studied at The City of Belfast School of Music during this period. Alastair very successfully directed the choir for a period of 10 years, performing on the BBC - "Friday Night is Music Night", with John Anderson at Ulster TV, together with Harry Secombe, Moira Anderson, Joseph Locke and Stuart Burrows, to name a few.
The choir's competition successes continued under Alastairs guidance at Glasgow, Morecombe, Chester and Belfast, with a notable highlight being when the choir won the BBC "Let the People Sing Competition" defeating choirs from all over the UK. Alistair's tenure with the choir saw a polished presentational style, Alastair being a gifted compere in addition to his talents as Musical Director. In 2006 Alastair was appointed conductor of the Queens Island Victoria Male Choir.