Three delegates from the Open Arts Community Choir (OACC) have been invited to attend 4 days of the World Choir Games in Riga in July this year.
During their stay from the 16th to the 19th of July, Open Arts Musical Director Bev McGeown and two other choir members will attend a number of choral workshops and seminars, led by renowned composers, arrangers and conductors.
In addition to networking with international choirs of high quality, they will also meet up with the Paros Chamber Choir, a similarly inclusive choir for singers with disabilities based in Armenia, with a view to future collaboration and professional development opportunities.
The World Choir Games is inspired by the ancient Olympic ideal and brings together people of all nations, cultures and ideologies. The World Choir Games takes place every two years in different partner cities around the world. As in sports, the singers compete on behalf of their nations for gold, silver and bronze medals in roughly 30 different categories – the ultimate goal is the coveted title of ‘Champions of the World Choir Games’. No matter what category they compete in – from children’s, women’s or men’s choirs, through folklore and jazz to Gospel – an international jury judges all fairly and impartially according to a finely-tuned evaluation system.
This World Choir Games trip will raise the skills, profile and international connections of Open Arts and the choir. The OACC delegates will learn a lot from adjudicators’ remarks on performances at the Games. They will be exposed to new singing techniques, genres and choral traditions.
The trip is very generously funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through the Artists International Development Fund Scheme.
Jalan-Jalan at the Spectrum Centre
Open Arts’ Jalan-Jalan event was a huge success. The OACC, Gamelan, Luminous Soul, Monday Players and Visual Artists wowed a full audience at the Spectrum Centre on the Shankill Road with the Jalan-Jalan performance and exhibition launch afterwards. The event was on Saturday the 14th of June 2014.
Congratulations to every artist involved.
Please click the photos below for the whole album of stunning photos of the event taken byphotographer Paul Marshall. To see more of Paul’s beautiful work, visit his website: www.documento.co.uk
Sponsor Andrea Hope’s Marathon Walk for Open Arts
Open Arts’ amazing Gamelan player, Community Choir singer and Luminous Soul dancer, Andrea Hope , is taking on the Belfast Marathon 8 mile walk with her guide dog Zeta Vale Hope to raise money for our organization.
Andrea said: “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Open Arts. They gave me the confidence to do a music degree and I’ve always been encouraged to try new things and to improve the artistic skills I already have. You can support me and Open Arts by texting a wee donation. It doesn’t matter how much, every little can go a long way.”
“I know that so long as I’m involved with Open Arts so many doors will continue to open. I’ve already had some amazing experiences with Open Arts, and I’ve achieved so much as well, and it’s all because of the wonderful guys who work for Open Arts. This is a fantastic way to say thanks and to give something back. We’re all one big happy family at Open Arts.
Thank you all very much. All the support you give will be much appreciated.”
Text OART21 (with no spaces) followed by your donation choice, remembering to put the £ (pound sign) before your figure e.g. £1, £2, etc to 70070.
So to donate £5: text ‘OART21 £5′ to 70070.
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Belfast Choir Going Global
The Award winning Open Arts Community Choir (OACC) who shot to fame in 2008 after appearing on the hit BBC TV Show, “Last Choir Standing” have launched their second Album in style with outdoor concerts at Belfast City Hall and Wolfgang Buttress’s impressive ‘Rise’ sculpture on Broadway Roundabout.Following the TV show and the success of their first album the OACC have embraced their new found fame and gone from strength to strength, performing at a number of high profile concerts and festivals throughout the UK and Ireland, including an appearance on RTE’s “An Cor” in 2010.
Speaking on the CD launch, Musical Director, Beverley Whyte says:
“This is an exciting time in the 11-year history of the OACC, and just like the final track on the CD we are very “Proud” of this album! I love directing this choir of diverse and talented people, and am looking forward to taking our message of inclusive choral singing to America next year. I truly believe that the OACC represents all that is GOOD about Northern Ireland – for a change!”
The second Album, appropriately called “Going Global”, was recorded and mixed locally by Cormac O’Kane of Rhubarb Recordings and not only demonstrates the depth and diversity of local talent we have in Northern Ireland but also signifies the choir’s desire to share their message of inclusive community singing across the world. The 14-track album features tracks from a variety of musical genres and countries including Hawaii, Korea, Russia, USA and of course Ireland.
The Open Arts Community Choir is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Lottery Fund.
Commenting on the Choir’s latest initiative, Sharon O’Connor, Board Member, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said:
“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to be a long term supporter of the Open Arts Community Choir which provides equality of opportunity for people of all abilities and backgrounds, irrespective of their musical experience. They have become one of Northern Ireland’s ambassadors, recognised for the quality of their work and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the production of this superb CD. We wish them every success with it.”
Established in 2000, The Open Arts Community Choir (OACC) is an award winning, dynamic, inclusive choir based in Belfast. The OACC demonstrate how people from different cultural backgrounds, with and without disabilities can come together through the medium of song to be positive ambassadors for Northern Ireland.
For more information on the Open Arts Community Choir or to purchase their CD please contact Beverley Whyte on 02890240765 or email Bev@openartsni.org
Gala Dinner Singing Success
Critical Power Specialists, Metartec showed their support for the award winning Open Arts Community Choir (OACC) by sponsoring a Gala Ball to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. The event which took place at the Hilton Hotel, Belfast was a singing success with over 200 local businesses and guests coming together to help raise £13,000 towards the charities fund for their American tour this summer.
Steve McCallum, Metartec’s Business Development Director says:
“Metartec’s ethos is to provide solutions to power the future of our customers and feel that this philosophy should be incorporated in all aspects of the business. With this in mind, we were delighted to be involved with the Open Arts Community Choir and their fund raising efforts.”
Beverley Whyte, Musical Director of the Open Arts Community Choir says:
“The choir demonstrates how people from different cultural backgrounds, with and without disabilities come together through the medium of song to be positive ambassadors for Northern Ireland. We have been over whelmed by the support we have received from local businesses and would like to thank everyone for their generosity.”
Open Arts Community Choir Celebrate 10th Birthday in Style
CELEBRATING IN STYLE: The Open Arts Community Choir (OACC) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in style with a Gala Ball on 11th March, at the Hilton Hotel Belfast. Launching the event is Nicole Magee, Marketing Assistant from event sponsors Metartec, Beverley Whyte Musical Director of the OACC and Martin Monaghan from the Hilton Hotel.
Pictures from the Gala Dinner
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone whocame along and supported our 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner.
More pictures of the Open Arts Community Choir…