The Open Arts Community Choir is led by three Musical Directors and features 28 members with and without disabilities from every section of the community, united by their love of song.
Beverley has worked with Open Arts since 1995 and has led the Open Arts Community Choir as Music Director for over the past 21 years to great success and accolades. She also leads music sessions for adults with disabilities, including those living with dementia, and is the lead musician for Open Arts’ In Tune project, funded by Children in Need. She is the primary tutor for Javanese Gamelan in Northern Ireland, having trained in Indonesia in 1995 and 2002.
Anne has worked as a music workshop facilitator and as co-director of the Open Arts Community Choir since the BBC1 competition ‘Last Choir Standing’ in 2008. Alongside her work with Open Arts Community Choir, Anne is a singer, vocal coach, facilitator and music educator, specialising in the Kodály teaching method.
Alan has been involved with Open Arts since 2007. He was the musical director of the Belfast Operatic Company and conducted shows in local theatres including the Grand opera House and Theatre Royal Waterford and was the Head of Performing Arts at Ballyclare Secondary School until 2016. Alan has won awards for his musical direction and conducting with Ballyclare OC and also worked with numerous other amateur musical societies.
In 2017 the choir travelled to Riga, Latvia were we competed at the European Choir Games and were awarded two gold medals. The video below shows our performance of Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on This Shining Night”. Solo by Soprano, Elaine Pelan.