Another busy choral year draws to a close and we had a packed last quarter – taking part in a live national television broadcast, a concert in Antrim, a ‘Grosvenor’ night in Belfast and a Holywood wedding.

April brought the eyes of the world onto Belfast, as the 100th anniversary of the loss of the Titanic was remembered. A little bit of research led some of us to venture to the ship’s birthplace as we watched the 1958 film “A Night to Remember” in the open air beside the Titanic dry dock at Harland and Wolff, and it was quite a poignant evening. The BBC broadcast a week later at the Waterfront Hall, involved a host of big names, but the highlight (for me at least) was another chance to work with John Anderson. Grosvenor have worked alongside John on various projects on TV, radio and stage over the years and it was a privilege to be part of the performance of ‘Titanic Drums’ with 100 talented local drummers and the Ulster Orchestra (you can still check out the results on youtube – 10,000 hits and counting…)

The Courtyard Theatre, Ballyearl was the slightly smaller venue, less than a week later but the choir enjoyed performing a wide-ranging programme to a very appreciative audience.

May saw the choir take a slightly different approach to an end of year concert, with friends and family invited along to an evening of choir, individual and group turns. (Unfortunately, i was out of the country, so you’ll have to wait until next year to possibly hear me…)

The wonderful Northern Irish weather has had us all guessing over the past week, but our final engagement was thankfully rain free yesterday as we sang in Holywood Parish Church for Colletta and Ciaran’s wedding. We hope they are off somewhere with guaranteed sun for their honeymoon and wish them all the best as they start this part of their lives together.

And as the summer break approaches, can i say thank you once again to everyone in Grosvenor for another great year – its been great to sing with you all this year (… as it always is off course) See you at the choir dinner!

DT

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