|John Anderson: 1972 - 1974
John Anderson, today one of Northern Ireland's leading musicians and composers, was a young music teacher at Methodist College when he was appointed conductor of Harlandic. John brought his own high standards to the choir, insisting on the best standard of performance as well as introducing the choir to "modern" arrangements of popular songs for the first time. It was during John's tenure the choir changed their uniform from blue blazers to Black Dinner Jackets. With a hugely successful musical career that began in his childhood, John continues to have a real passion for every area of choral music; from singing in choirs as a boy to composing, arranging and directing music for countless television and radio programmes.
During the 1980s the John Anderson Big Band was responsible for four number one 'Jive Bunny' hits worldwide and in the 1990s John brought the phenomenally-successful 'School Choir of the Year' from humble beginnings to an event which eventually attracted more than 10,000 young singers from across Northern Ireland and became the biggest event of its kind in Europe. His choral extravaganza "Voices of Ireland" is one of the most popular choral events of recent times.