QUIRE Belfast performs at BBC Radio Ulster's concert for Van Morrison's 70th Birthday

August 2015, Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast

In August 2015, QUIRE Belfast had the opportunity to perform on BBC Radio Ulster not once but TWICE!

The Arts Show

Our first appearance was on 4th August when we performed two pieces (Hallelujah and Sweet Dreams) live on The Arts Show. Our musical director, Leanne McCorry, also had the opportunity to speak to host Steven Rainey about our 10th birthday celebrations.

QUIRE Belfast with BBC Radio Ulster's Ralph McLean before the 'Into the Music' concert at the Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast'Into the Music'

Then later in the month, we were invited to take part in a special concert 'Into the Music' in the Park Avenue Hotel (part of the EastSide Arts Festival) to mark Van Morrison's 70th Birthday.

We performed his iconic 'Brown Eyed Girl' in a stunning a cappella rendition. It was a great privilege to feature in a line-up that included such local talent as The Henry Girls, Kaz Hawkins, Sinead Morrissey, Amanda St John, Anthony Toner amongst others.

"Into The Music" photos are courtesy BBC Radio Ulster.

These BBC performances were a wonderful highlight of QUIRE Belfast's 10th Birthday year!

Visit our photos page for all the images from the BBC Radio Ulster shows.


QUIRE Belfast's 10th Birthday Concert: Something Inside So Strong

Saturday 6th June, Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey

In 2015, QUIRE Belfast is celebrating a big birthday - our 10th!

Since April 2005, we've been at the heart of the LGBT community in Northern Ireland, entertaining audiences in Belfast, Derry, Dublin and London, showcasing the musical potential and creativity of our members and seeking opportunities wherever possible to further our mission.

And along the way, we've been privileged to have the support of fantastic and loyal friends, families and audiences.

To mark QUIRE Belfast's 10th Birthday, we hosted a gala concert on Saturday 6th June in Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey.

Titled QUIRE10: Something Inside So Strong, the concert showcased favourite repertoire from our first 10 years, as well as brand-new pieces, ranging from The Rose and It's Raining Men to a medley of QUEEN hits.

We were delighted to welcome our friends Gloria, Dublin's Lesbian & Gay Choir as special guests. Gloria performed a magnificent set and joined us for a stunning rendition of Sing, the Gary Barlow hit.

The concert also featured the premiere of our specially-commissioned 10th birthday anthem, Proud, composed by Loreto McAuley. We were excited to have singers from Antrim Community Choir and Newry join us on stage to perform the piece, having taken part in a series of musical workshops together earlier in the day.

Head to our photos page for some spectacular images from the concert.

QUIRE Belfast gratefully acknowledges the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funding of this programme.

Our wonderful audience made this concert truly a night to remember!


Quire at Various Voices Dublin 2014

13th - 16th June, throughout the city

Our attendance at Various Voices Dublin 2014 was full of firsts for QUIRE Belfast:

FIRST time at a Various Voices Festival, meeting so many wonderful people from LGBT choirs across the world!

FIRST time performing so intensely (7 sets over 3 days, from the Mahony Hall at the Helix to City Hall and the streets of Dublin).

FIRST time completely off-book (that's right - NO black folders with sheet music!)

We feel we've achieved such a great deal and would like to thank our friends and family for their love and support over the last few months.

To those who followed our Various Voices performances online - THANK YOU!

To those who came down to Dublin to watch us perform at Dublin City Hall - THANK YOU!

QUIRE Belfast would also like to praise the organisers and volunteers at Various Voices Dublin 2014 for staging such an epic festival.

From all of us to all of you who support and encourage us via this website, Facebook and Twitter - huge THANKS.

QUIRE Belfast's journey continues - we're proud to have you with us every step of the way!

Here's to Various Voices 2018 in Munich!

Photo credit: Shirley Wilson


QUIRE in concertQuire at Out To Lunch Festival

Sunday 19 January in Black Box Belfast

QUIRE took to the Black Box stage for an afternoon of pure vocal magic during the 9th annual Out To Lunch Festival.

We treated the lovely OTL audience to a feast of fresh contemporary hits and firm QUIRE favourites.

The show was a fantastic start to QUIRE's 2014 season!

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Quire Get Their Baubles Out

Friday 13 December in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

QUIRE got the Yuletide season off to a spectacular start with our first ever Christmas show: QUIRE Get Their Baubles Out!

The sell-out show took place cabaret style in the Crescent Arts Centre and featured a sparkly mix of festive favourites and contemporary Christmas songs that had the audience walking in the air...

QUIRE Get Their Baubles Out brought our 2013 season to a stunning close, following performances earlier in the year in Dublin, London and at The MAC Belfast.

You can view photos of the concert here.

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Thanks to our wonderful audience who made the evening so fabulous!


Quire presents Songs with Love & Pride

Saturday 29 June in The MAC Belfast

Fresh from appearances at Dublin's National Concert Hall and in Portadown, Quire Belfast LGBT Singers, returned to our home city to present an uplifting evening of song - celebrating love, laughter and much more.

We performed our most ambitious repertoire ever, featuring Gotye, Nina Simone, Emmylou Harris and songs from musical theatre amongst others.

The MAC, Belfast's brand new arts venue, proved to be the perfect backdrop for Quire's most spectacular show to date.

Ahead of the show, Simon Callow, world-renowned actor and LGBT rights advocate, had expressed his support for Quire, saying:

It is wonderful to find the Belfast I have returned to moving with the times and celebrating the gay community with this joyous concert.

I wish Quire every success for its work in engaging the LGBT community in Northern Ireland which hasn't always been so visible. The Quire concert in June promises to open a very lively Pride Week in Belfast with this year's wonderful theme - Bright & Bold - I hope it will be!

And we were delighted to receive the backing of one of Belfast's best-known stars, Brian Kennedy.

In an interview with the Sunday Life, Brian said:

I want to applaud Quire and one day sing with them too.

We'd love to take you up on your invitation Brian!


LGBT Community Christmas Carols

Thursday 13 December in All Souls Church, Belfast

Quire was delighted to lead the singing again at this festive service on Thursday 13 December 2012 in All Souls' Church, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast.

We performed 'Silent Night' and 'Wonderful Christmastime' to help everyone get in the Christmas spirit.

The Gathering (gay men's spiritual group) organises this annual event - friends, family and supporters were all warmly welcome.


Holywood Music Festival

Saturday 24 November 2012 in the Queen's Complex

As part of our mission, Quire has always striven to conquer new challenges since forming in 2005. And in November 2012, we competed against other choirs for the first time, at the Holywood Music Festival.

Quire came second in the 'Adult Mixed Voice Choirs Open' classification, performing 'Chasing Cars' and 'Hallelujah'. We were delighted with this result in our first music festival.

Thanks to everyone who came down and supported your choir as we raised LGBT visibility in the wider community!


Culture Night Belfast 2012

Friday 21 September throughout the Cathedral Quarter

Culture Night Belfast, the city's most colourful and inclusive cultural celebration returned on 21 September for its fourth year, ready to transform and energise the streets of Belfast once again!

Quire performed a short lively set at the front of the LGBT Centre on Waring Street at 7.30pm, and then repeated the experience at Saint Anne's Square and Hill Street throughout the evening.

Quire was delighted to partner with Cara-Friend for this event.

Culture Night was a fantastically special evening - thanks to everyone who came out to listen to us!


Quire takes part in Land of Giants

Saturday 30 June at the Titanic Slipways

'Land of Giants' was the largest outdoor arts event ever seen in Northern Ireland involving a cast and crew of over 500 people. And Quire was in the thick of it!

The ambitious event (heralding the start of the London 2012 Olympics) combined acrobatics, aerial dance, physical performance, music, special effects and pyrotechnics into a one-off spectacular show.

Quire was delighted to form a significant proportion of a 100-strong community choir which performed a specially-commissioned piece on the Titanic Slipways.

Watch the video of this epic performance here.


Quire guests with London Gay Men's Chorus

Sunday 20 May in the Grand Opera House, Belfast

Quire was delighted to join the London Gay Men's Chorus (LGMC) and Gloria, Dublin on stage at the Grand Opera House, Belfast on Sunday 20 May.

To celebrate their 21st birthday year, LGMC's "A Band of Brothers" tour came to Belfast and the rapturous audience were treated to a spectacular show!

Quire was proud to take to the stage to perform "Viva La Vida" and then to join LGMC and Gloria for the finale, a rousing medley of "Electric Dreams/Happy Ending".

A night to remember - for all on stage and the audience too!


Quire in performanceQuire's Rainbow Connection

Saturday 24 March at 8pm in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry

Quire's Spring Concert took place on Saturday 24 March at 8pm in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Bank Parade, Newry.

"Quire's Rainbow Connection" proved to be an exciting, uplifting experience with a setlist featuring pop classics and pieces from the world of musical theatre.

Arts Council NI logoWorking in partnership with the Newry Rainbow Community, the concert was a truly fitting finale to Quire's ambitious singing project in the Newry area which ran from September 2011. The project has now ended but we've made some fantastic friendships which will be a long-lasting legacy.

Huge thanks to our wonderful audience for making the evening so special!

Head to our photos page for some spectacular images from the concert.

Quire gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for this project.


Quire took part in LGBT Christmas Community FairQuire took part in LGBT Christmas Community Fair

Quire was delighted to participate in the first LGBT Christmas Community Fair in Belfast on 3 December 2011

The Community Fair was a new initiative from the LGBT Advocacy Project in partnership with the QueerSpace collective and took place over two floors within the Belfast LGBT Centre, 9 - 13 Waring Street.

We were pleased to get chatting with people about Quire's upcoming concert in March 2012 and to discuss the opportunity of joining Quire!

Thanks to everyone who came along and made the Community Fair a real success!


Quire's special guest at Belfast Pride was 'Sue Sylvester' from Glee!Quire at Belfast Pride - 30 July 2011

Our special guest was "Sue Sylvester" from Glee!

During July, Quire members had a fantastic time at Belfast Pride 2011 with our special guest "Sue Sylvester" from Glee.

"Sue" helped us host a stand in the Community Marquee adjacent to Custom House Square during the finale to Pride on Saturday 30 July.

Quire members and "Sue" were delighted to meet fans who had seen us in performance as well as those people interested in joining the group - our next Open Evening is on Thursday 22 Quire's banner was carried by member in the Pride ParadeSeptember.

"Sue" even graciously posed for photos with her own fans!

And our members also marched with Pride holding the Quire banner aloft during the Pride Parade.

The day was a great success - the sun even made an appearance!

Thanks to everyone who called over to Quire's stand and here's to Pride 2012!


Quire performances in Belfast & Dublin - May & June 2011

We ended the Spring season in fine voice with "True Colors"

Quire performs with Gloria at the National Concert Hall, Dublin on 11 June 2011In May, Quire was delighted to provide the entertainment at the QUB LGBT Society Formal in the Europa Hotel in Belfast. Our performance included For Good from the Broadway hit musical Wicked and firm favourite I Know Him So Well.

And on 11 June, Quire members travelled to Dublin to take part in Gloria's The Colours Concert in the National Concert Hall. Billed as a musical journey through the rainbow, and the meaning of colour in music, we were proud to sing out the finale piece - Cyndi Lauper's torch song classic True Colors.

Quire would like to convey warmest thanks to Gloria for the invitation to join them for the evening.


Quire led singing at 4th annual LGBT Christmas Carol Service

Quire was delighted to again lead the singing at this year's LGBT Community Christmas Carol Service which took place on Thursday 16th December in All Souls' Church on Elmwood Avenue in Belfast.

The Gathering (gay men's spiritual group) organised the service; this year's collection was donated to Lighthouse (previously known as PIPS).


Doireann McKenna & Quire in performance at KeynoteQuire performed at Keynote over two weekends in June 2010

'Keynote' was a series of site-specific musical concerts set in and around Queen's University. There were six diverse performance environments, enhancing the performance experience for both audience and musicians alike.

The performances took place on will take place at 7.15pm on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June and on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June.

With an eclectic mix of musical styles and themes with old upright pianos making their presence felt throughout the event, 'Keynote' provided Quire and other local musicians with a platform to perform new work in unique spaces around the university.

As well as Quire, the other artists performing include Katie and the Carnival, Paul Shevlin and Laura McGrogan plus many more!


Joe Lindsay & Donna Legge, presenters of BBC NI's Art Space. Image copyright BBCQuire made its TV debut - BBC One NI's Art Space - Wed 2 June

Art Space was a six-part series which took a look at the eclectic local arts scene, with presenters Joe Lindsay and Donna Legge.

BBC ONE logo copyright BBC Quire brought the series to a spectacular close with a unique collaborative performance with beatbox artist Martin Byrne aka Dr Lilt!

If you missed the show on BBC One on Wednesday 2 June, you can watch our performance here (UK only sorry!)


Quire performed at Holocaust Memorial Event, January 2010Quire provided LGBT Dimension to Holocaust Memorial Service in January 2010

Quire performed at Castlereagh Borough Council's event commemorating the victims of the Holocaust

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated internationally on 27th January each year.

We celebrated this year's theme - the Legacy of Hope - through an evening of remembrance for all victims of the Holocaust and a call to action to end genocide throughout the world.

As well as a musical performance by Quire, there was a poetry performance from Scream Blue Murmur. The event was in association with the Good Relations Programme, WAVE Trauma Centre, and Amnesty International Northern Ireland.

It was an honour to take part in this moving commemorative event.

To find out more about the Holocaust and modern genocides, visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website.


SnowmanQuire At Christmas

We again lead the singing at 2009's LGBT Community Christmas Carol Service

Thursday 10th December at 7.30pm in All Souls Church, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast

The Gathering (gay men's spiritual group) organised the 3rd annual LGBT Community Carol Service and Quire was delighted to lead the singing again this year - with magnificent support from the Feile Women's Singing Group!

The collection this year was donated to Simon Community.

What a great way to start the festive season - Quire thanks you for joining us!


Quire Went All The Way at OUTBURST 2009!

Closing night concert on Saturday 21st November in the Black Box

Following our stunning sold-out concerts at Outburst 2008 and in the Waterfront Studio at this year's Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Quire's singers returned to our spiritual home at the Black Box to present an evening of magic, melody, reflection and celebration as we Went All The Way!

Featuring something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, the programme had the marvellous audience once again crying out for more, more, more!

Local singer/songwriters Cat Barter and Claire Galway were Quire's special guests for the evening.

The enthusiasm and warmth of the audience made it a magical evening and a delightful close to OUTBURST 2009!


Quire performs at Belfast Pride 2009!

Wednesday 29 July and Friday 31 July in the Black BoxQuire performs at Belfast's 
        Black Box, 29 July 2009

Quire was delighted to perform at two events during the hugely successful Belfast Pride 2009 week:

On Wednesday 29th July, we sang in the Black Box during QueerSpace's "Love... and Marriage?" evening. Our trio of songs exploring the theme of love complemented the evening perfectly!

Then on Friday 31st July, the atmosphere hotted up when Quire took to the stage during the Pride's Got Talent cabaret night, again in the Black Box. We were proud to help in the efforts to fundraise on behalf of the HIV Support Centre which was the beneficiary of this event.

Take a look at our gallery page for photos of the QueerSpace event, as well as of Quire members on the Belfast Pride March with our banner!


Quire & Feile Women's Singing Group Got Their La La's Out!

Sunday 10 May in Belfast's Waterfront StudioQuire performs at Belfast's Waterfront Studio, 10 May 2009

Two of Belfast's most exciting singing groups - Quire and Feile Women's Singing Group - came together to close this year's Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in a glorious explosion of song and spectacle!

Quire were joined on stage by singer-songwriter Cat Barter for a stunning rendition of Britney Spears' Baby One More Time.

And special guests The Lazy Susans wowed the audience with a varied set of a capella harmonies ranging from tender Scots ballads to 60s girl group hits.

The stars of the show were our marvellous audience who lapped up every minute and made the atmosphere electric!


Quire performs at "Sunday Service" in the re-opened Ulster Hall

Sunday 22 MarchQuire members about to perform at Belfast's Ulster Hall, March 2009

Following a two-year, 7 million pounds refurbishment, the Ulster Hall on Bedford Street in Belfast re-opened in March 2009 with a fantastic programme of events, including the exciting Fringe Festival.

And Quire joined the celebrations on Sunday 22 March at 6pm when we performed at the Sunday Service event in the Group Space (formerly the Group Theatre).

Over four consecutive Sundays, Sunday Service combined the performance of anti-establishment speeches from history with music and discussion, and asked the question - what makes a speech powerful enough to inspire hope, rebellion or even terror?

Our rendition of Stille Nacht, Hashivenu (a Hebrew lament) and Tomorrow Belongs to Me, blended with the powerful, chilling oratory of Adolf Hitler (ably delivered by the actor Richard Orr) to create a thought-provoking performance. BBC Radio Ulster featured the event the following day.

Thanks to everyone who came to hear us!


Quire performed at LGBT Community Christmas Carol ServiceChristmas tree

Thursday 11 December 2008

Quire was delighted to lead the singing again this year at The Gathering's second LGBT Christmas Carol Service on Thursday 11th December 2008 at 7.30pm in All Souls Church, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast.

Following a similar event last year, The Gathering was pleased to be able to hold this year's service in the renovated church building. The service was open to all interested, gay or straight, friends, family, other community groups and other church groups.

The members of Quire wish you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 2009!


Quire Puts Out!Ross Anderson conducts Quire at Outburst 2008

Black Box, Saturday 15 November at Outburst 2008

Quire would like to thank everyone who joined us and our special guest Cat Barter on Saturday 15th November in Black Box for our performance Quire Puts Out!

This magical evening was our highlight of 2008 thanks to the enthusiasm of the audience - and there's plenty more to come in 2009!

Quire Puts Out! was part of the very successful Outburst 2008, the second annual queer arts festival which took place from 13th to 22nd November with a packed programme of events.

Here are some photos from the concert if you missed it!


Quire at Belfast Pride and Foyle PrideQuire members parade at Belfast Pride 2008

August 2008

Quire members joined over 7,000 LGBT people and their friends and family on the Belfast Pride Parade on Saturday 2nd August.

August was a busy month for Quire - we were proud to form part of the line-up at the Foyle Pride Ball at the City Hotel, Derry on Sunday 24th August (the Bank Holiday weekend).

Foyle Pride 2008 had a packed programme of events - visit the website for full details.


Quire's One Night Stand: the verdict? - satisfied punters!

Outburst, November 2007pic

The members of Quire would like to thank everyone who joined us for One Night Stand - our evening of music with special guests Fiona Kerr and The Greeters - on Friday 30 November 2007 at the Black Box Belfast.

The Black Box was packed out (tickets sold out well in advance) and the evening was a huge success (if we say so ourselves!) - as was the entire inaugural Outburst festival. Well done to everyone involved in Outburst!

Here's an 800 x 600 desktop wallpaper to remember the evening by.


Quire performs at 'Positive Pride' photo exhibition and marches at Belfast Pride 2007

August 2007

Quire was delighted to perform at the launch of the 'Positive Pride' photo exhibition at the John Hewitt on Monday 30 July. Especially since the photographer Geraldine Gallagher is one of our very own!

Photos from our exploits during Belfast Pride are online here.

Congratulations to Geraldine for all the hard work in producing the exhibition and for highlighting the issue of being out and proud in the workplace.


Quire sings at Holocaust Memorial DayQuire performs at Holocaust Memorial Day 2007

25 January 2007

Quire: Belfast LGBT Singers were honoured to sing at the Holocaust Memorial commemorations held in the Island Civic Centre, Lisburn, attended by the Secretary of State, Peter Hain, in January 2007. We sang two pieces, Hashivenu and Something Inside So Strong, which were very well received.

You can read more about the event (and view photos) here.

During WWII, the Nazis persecuted tens of thousands of the LGBT Community along with millions of the Jewish and Gypsy communities in what is acknowledged as the Holocaust.


Quire helps launch Belfast Pride 2006...Members of Quire parade at Belfast Pride 2006

Quire: Belfast LGBT Singers was delighted to help launch Belfast Pride 2006 at the Waterfront Hall on Saturday 29th July.

Following the fantastic success of our concerts with Gloria at the Waterfront Studio in Belfast in May, and at Dublin's National Concert Hall on 17th June, this was another chance to catch your community choir in action.Quire members in front of Quire's banner

Quire entertained the audience with a medley of pieces from our recent concerts, including (very appropriately!) My Lagan Love, Something Inside So Strong and I Am What I Am.

...and marches with Pride at the end of a wonderful week

The following Saturday, the Quire joined over 6,500 people in celebrating the culmination of Belfast Pride Week - the Parade and Party in the Square.