Antrim Community Choir is an all-inclusive, all-ability, non-audition choir accepting members age 18 to infinity!
We meet every Wednesday evening from 7:15pm to 9:15pm in The Eyre Studio at Clotworthy Arts Centre in Antrim Castle grounds.
Our Musical Director is Una McCann and our song list is eclectic in style, ranging from folk to gospel to world music.
For more information, visit our Contact page. Prospective members can arrive at The Eyre Studio on one of our Open Nights, or phone ahead in case of schedule changes.
Read about the history of how the choir started here.
Antrim Communit Choir – History
She immediately put an advertisement in the newspaper, and very soon the seven founding members of the choir met to sing in Parkhall Integrated College, Antrim. The choir moved to the Eyre Studio at Clotworthy House in Antrim Castle grounds in January 2012, when the refurbishment was completed.
As word spread, membership grew rapidly, and there are now 43 members on the books, with a regular attendance of around 38. Every Wednesday evening we sing, “Many men, many men, many men, men, men”, as a sort of spell, to attract more male choir members! Our half-dozen do a sterling job, but would like more support, please!
But the choir members felt they needed direction. Marie says, “We had started, just doing our own wee songs, and talking about what we wanted to do, our dreams and aspirations, but we had no knowledge of how to proceed, so I phoned Open Arts, an arts and disability organization based in Belfast, and told my story.” She was shown nothing but kindness and helpfulness, and given advice on approaching the Arts Council for funding.
It was now apparent that if the choir was ever going to sing at Carnegie Hall, a musical director was needed! So advertisements were put into local papers, the Job Centre and around town, asking for an “experienced, enthusiastic, creative, committed, fun-loving musical director, to develop and help fulfil musical styles and aspirations for the future.”
Ten minutes before the application deadline, a phone call came from an applicant who had just seen the advertisement, asking if she could still apply, and bring her CV with her, as there wasn’t time to email it. How glad we all are that she was told yes.
When Una McCann started answering the interview panel’s questions, Marie thought she’d died and gone to heaven. Then she read Una’s CV for the first time, and knew she had!
Una had been wanting to lead her own choir for quite a while and, having worked with our choir briefly as part of the interview process, she felt that we were It. And in turn, the interview panel felt that Una was It!
Just over a year after the choir met for the first time, it had its first concert on 21 November 2012 in the Old Courthouse in Antrim, where donations from the audience went to Assistance Dogs Northern Ireland, whose chairman is a member of the choir.
The sky, or Carnegie Hall at the very least, is now the limit!
Our Musical Director – Una McCann
The Musical Director of Antrim Community Choir is Una McCann.
An experienced musician, music teacher and choir leader, Una has worked in community and corporate settings leading non-audition choirs for many years.
Una arranges much of the material specifically for Antrim Community Choir in order to bring out the best in the choir. She has also composed music especially for the choir.
The repertoire is at times eclectic, fun, uplifting and occasionally very moving. Una leads the choir with a healthy mix of a sense of humour and a passion for the music.