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Bangor Ladies Choir are based in Bangor Northern Ireland on the coast of County Down by the shores of Belfast Lough.

 

The Choir was formed back in the early days of 1976 by Isobel Reid, the founding conductor. In 1990 Isobel retired from conducting and the baton was confidently passed to Musical Director, Joan Houston who led the choir to become one of the finest Ladies Choirs in Northern Ireland.

In April 2011 Paul Briggs was appointed as Musical Director of Bangor Ladies Choir and together with Deputy Conductor Christine Crutchley, Assistant Conductor Margaret McDowell and Accompanist Joanne Cruise with Deputy Accompanist Sheelagh Greer.

In June 2017 Christine Crutchley took on the role as Musical Director with Paul stepping down to spend more time playing on his wee boat.  He will still be around in the choral community as MD of BallyClare Male Choir and will no doubt appear at a few choral events.  Christine is looking forward to bringing her style and panache to the choir.

 

The Choir membership now stands at 62 ladies. Being part of the choir requires two very important elements - dedication and commitment - and it is evident that, over the years, these have remained at the core of the choir, demonstrating the loyalty of the choir members not only to each other but to keeping the talent of choral singing alive and well! Excellent performances just don't happen and a lot of hard work and effort is put in at every rehearsal, however, the camaraderie, enjoyed by everyone, is also a very special part of being a Choir Member.

 

In 2005 the local Council of the borough of North Down conferred the status of Borough Ambassador on Bangor Ladies Choir. This is the first conferment ever to an external Organisation outside of the Council Membership and the Choir were privileged and proud to accept this unique position. As Ambassadors the Choir represent the Borough of North Down on all of their travels, and, whether it be Province wide or worldwide, they carry out their duties with pride.

 

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