Note from Sandra McCurdy (Waringstown Community Choir Musical Director)
Waringstown is a very unique place; not least because it is good at cricket but also because it is blessed with a lot of musically talented people. Waringstown Primary School Choir has a strong musical tradition having won many awards and accolades for their singing over the years. The local post primary schools also actively promote choral singing, as well as instrumental music and drama, and the local churches similarly place a strong emphasis on music in their worship through singing and the use of instruments.
On a personal level I have wanted to start a Community Choir in Waringstown for a long time. I had discussed this vision with Rev Philip McConnell on several occasions, but with work and other commitments, the time never seemed right. Then when Neil Harrison suggested we stage a Variety Show last Christmas I thought that this could be the right time to get a Community Choir up and running. I was delighted with the enthusiastic response when over 50 people signed up to take part. Their enthusiasm, in the short time available, meant we were able to perform four pieces on the night. What is more we had great fun along the way.
The Community Choir is for people who love to sing. There are no auditions, and while there is a minimum age, (14 / Year 10 in school), there is no upper age limit and as such all are welcome. While it may be helpful if you can read music it isn’t essential.
While I hope that the choir will foster an enjoyment of music through singing, and the occasional performance, I also hope that it will be a place where we can socialize and get to know our fellow members as we share our love for music. There has been a real buzz of excitement and sense of fellowship at each practice and the wee cup of tea at the end helps cement the ‘getting-to-know-you’ process.