6 nights of music at the Belfast Cathedral Music Festival 2017

The 2017 Belfast Cathedral Music Festival will bring a feast of talent both local and international to St Anne’s Cathedral.


There will be something for everyone at this year’s event, which runs from June 12-18.

What’s on 

Monday June 12

Singers from NI Opera’s Young Artists Programme will be performing solo arias, duets and trios.

Tuesday June 13

Tenor Conor Breen, a member of the choir of St Anne’s Cathedral will give a solo recital.

Wednesday June 14

The Elder High School Glee Club from Cincinnati, Ohio, stages a lunchtime concert. The Glee Club has 100 members aged from 14-18. This all male chorus has had numerous concert tours both in Europe and the United States.

Friday June 16

The Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra – no stranger to St Anne’s, this orchestra proves a huge hit every year on Belfast Culture Night. Its repertoire will span old time jazz standards to chart topping hits and is sure to be a night of shoe tapping greatness!

Saturday June 17

The Cathedral welcomes the New Irish Arts Choir and Orchestra, well- known for its large events in the Waterfront Hall each Christmas and for regular appearances on BBC and RTÉ radio and television.

This will be a unique and intimate concert featuring a smaller group of players and singers performing with the audience seated around the performers – a truly immersive experience of eclectic choral and contemporary Christian music in beautiful surroundings.

Sunday June 18 

The finale will be a night to remember as two of the best choirs from each side of the Irish Sea come together. Steeton Male Voice Choir which marks its 110th anniversary in 2018, is one of the oldest and most respected male voice choirs in Yorkshire. This thriving choir will perform alongside local group the Clare Chorale from Co Antrim.

This popular mixed voice choir has singers from all professions who base themselves in Ballyclare. Its conductor is local Mezzo-Soprano, Sheelagh Greer and accompanist is Darren Day, also a full-time musician. The choir was recently selected to take part in the BBC Songs of Praise.


Looking forward to this year’s Music Festival, the Dean of St Anne’s Cathedral, the Very Rev John Mann said music and the Cathedral go hand in hand.

“Anticipating another Music Festival produces a certain frisson of excitement as we once again expect to be entertained and enriched,” Dean Mann said.

“Music and St Anne’s suit one another, whether the single voice or instrument or the large ensemble. We have examples of both on offer in this week from musicians from near and far. Do come. It’s going to be good!”

Full details can be found at www.belfastcathedral.org.

Post Author: Belfast Times

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