|Ronnie Porter: 1974 - 1977
Ronnie was a member of Harlandic during the 1950's and returned to the fold as conductor after a successful musical career both at home and abroad. Ronnie was a lifelong member of Belfast Cathedral choir and was one of the vocal coaches for the boy choristers in that establishment. Ronnie lived in Australia for a while and was a layclerk in Melbourne Cathedral during his stay. Possessing a fine rich bass baritone voice, Ronnie was an excellent voice teacher as well as a well known bass soloist on the local music scene. A head teacher at a local school, Ronnie combined his conductorship of Harlandic with being Musical Director of the Abbey Singers with whom Ronnie won the BBC "Let the Peoples Sing" competition and directed the Cathedral Consort. After Harlandic Ronnie was conductor of the Belfast Pheonix Choir (the successor of Billy Boyd's famous Ormiston Choir), a position he held until his sudden death just after Christmas in 1999. As well as his musical talents Ronnie was a artist of note, some of his paintings are in the collection at Belfast Cathedral. At his funeral service in the Cathedral, Harlandic were well represented in the capacity congregation with their conductor singing in the Cathedral choir.