Choir - Estd. 1874


13th NOVEMBER 7.45pm



Classical Cocktails

at The Dark Horse

"This was the highlight of our evening"


"Wonderful, thank you Belfast Philharmonic!!!!!!"


" If we'd come here first we'd have stayed all evening, thank you!"


Following on from our 140th anniversary celebrations last season, this year the kids have their own special birthday - it is now 10 years since Phil Kids was formed and some who joined at the beginning are looking forward to joining the adult choir.


The Phil, led by music director Stephen Doughty, is Northern Ireland's only symphonic choir and performs at least four concerts per year, many alongside the Ulster Orchestra.   This includes the traditional performances of Handel's Messiah which we have undertaken each Christmas since 1886!


2015 sees us make our debut at Culture Night.  We will bring Classical Cocktails to the public in the courtyard of the Dark Horse.


…"Throughout the Philharmonic Choir is superb, with their rhythmic attack, precision of diction and varying dynamics …  They excel in crisp marcato and staccato phrases …  How refreshing to hear Handel sung with such variety of tone colour and dynamics…"

Nuala McAlister Hart, Messiah Review, Dec 2014 © Culture Northern Ireland



Praise for The Phil

I wanted to put in writing my sincere congratulations on a wonderful concert on Saturday – a truly fitting celebration of 140 years and all that is good in music, and choral singing in particular.

Stephen, you did a fantastic job in directing orchestra, choir and kids in such an unassuming way, to create an artistic whole of the highest standard.  (And I loved your arrangement of the Dove!).

Barbara McKinley

Senior Executive Assistant

Ulster Orchestra Society Limited


Dear Belfast Philharmonic,

I wanted to send a message as I didn't get a chance to chat to everyone after your performance at the weekend.


I was delighted with your performance of my 'Et clamabant'.  I'm well aware of the challenges in the piece (you're not the first choir to find it tricky!) and you did a great job of overcoming them.  Thank you for your evident hard work and perseverance.  It sounded wonderful.


Special thanks to Stephen for programming the piece.  What a co-incidence that he lives so close to Hawick!


Congratulations, again, on your wonderful performances,

Seán Doherty

Composer Et Clamabant


I thoroughly enjoyed the concert and felt the Phil was in truly fine form, well-disciplined in the presentation and the performances. Rhythmically alert and, in general, clarity of diction and good blending. Congratulations on a successful evening (and for Stephen’s really effective orchestration of the Jonathan Dove).

David Byers


What a wonderful evening - I loved it!!

Naomi Patrick

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