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  • Belfast Philharmonic is recruiting a Chorus Director!
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 10 May 2022

    Belfast Philharmonic Society is seeking an experienced, dynamic and inspiring music professional to lead our adult chorus into the next stage of its growth.   
     
    Belfast Philharmonic Choir (The Phil) was founded in 1874 and is Northern Ireland’s only symphonic chorus. The Phil has a distinguished history of performance in Belfast and beyond over all the intervening years. We are looking forward to celebrating our 150th anniversary in 2024. The Phil (c.120 members) performs regularly as part of the Ulster Orchestra’s main season under conductors engaged by the orchestra as well as organising our own concerts and events. 

    For full information on the role please download the Job Description & Person specification below. For any questions about the role or application process please email manager@belfastphilharmonic.org.uk 

    The deadline for applications is 15:00 hours on Monday 30th May 2022. Applicants should return completed application and monitoring forms to manager@belfastphilharmonic.org.uk before the closing date.

    Job Description & Person Spec
    Application Form
    Monitoring Form

  • Does your child love to sing? (Belfast Philharmonic Youth and Chamber Choirs)
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 15 Apr 2022

    In September 2022 the Youth Choirs will be taking in new members for:

    Tuesday Phil Kids - and our new Phil Minis: children starting P2-P4 (no auditions)

    Tuesday Youth Choir Training Programme: young singers aged 10-12

    Wednesday Youth Choir & Training Programme: young singers aged 13-15

    Wednesday Chamber Choir: singers aged from 16-20

    If your child enjoys singing and would like to learn more about music in a fun and supportive environment, we would love to meet them!

    For more information call 07792 448929 or email philyouth@belfastphilharmonic.org.uk

  • Come and Sing & Auditions postponement
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 17 Jan 2022
    Due to the continuing public health concerns around the COVID-19 Omicron variant, and the uncertainty around event restrictions which might be in place, the Society has made the decision to postpone January's planned Come and Sing Jenkins The Armed Man until later in the year. Existing bookers have been contacted and we apologise for any disappointment. In the coming weeks we hope to be able to confirm a new date for the Come and Sing, which we anticipate will be in summer 2022.

    Additionally, as the current risk assessments at the Waterfront and Ulster Hall restrict the number of singers able to perform at our upcoming concerts, we have also decided to postpone Open Rehearsals and auditions for the adult choir until later in the year. We will advertise any opportunities to join the choir on our website, social media and email list when dates are known.
  • Thinking about Phil Kids in September 2021?
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 18 May 2021
    If you have a child currently in P3 or P4 who might be interested in joining Phil Kids in September 2021, we are running two free online events to help you find out more. On Tuesday 25th May at 5.30pm, Youth Choirs Artistic Director Lynsey Callaghan will lead a talk for parents/guardians about our Kodály-inspired music education programme, to let you know what happens in our musicianship classes and choir, and why Phil Kids works so well to help children and young people learn music.

    On Tuesday 8th June at 5pm, Phil Kids Director Caroline Jones will take a Phil Kids taster session, letting the children see what Phil Kids is all about by teaching them new songs and music games in a fun online workshop.

    Click the link to find out more and to register for either session.
  • Youth Choirs are recruiting a musicianship tutor!
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 31 Mar 2021

    The Belfast Philharmonic Society is seeking to recruit a musicianship tutor for its Phil Kids, Youth & Chamber Choirs (ages 7-20). The tutor is required to have knowledge of Kodály’s philosophy of music education and experience utilising the teaching tools associated with Kodály pedagogy. Working under our Director & Assistant Director you will be part of a fantastic team that ensures we provide the ultimate musical experience for our choir members.

    The role is part-time on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from September 2021, and we envisage may involve online classes in the autumn. 

    Download Job Description and Person Specification

    Download Application Form

    For any questions about the role or the application process please email Laura Bradley

    Application deadline: April 18th 2021

  • Cross Border Youth Choir on Classic FM!
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 18 Dec 2020
    In October the Cross Border Youth Choir met up (online) to learn some new Christmas music, which has become a tradition of ours. The choirs were Belfast Philharmonic Youth and Chamber choirs, and Dublin Youth and Chamber Choirs, with DYC Training Choir taking part for the first time. The singers learned the music in the afternoon and in the evening went away to record themselves individually so that Brian Murphy could edit it all together for us. 

    The recording we created from that day was one of five winning entries in Making Music's Christmas Carol competition, which meant we were played on Classic FM on Thursday 17th December! We're so proud of the work our young singers put in every time we meet, whether that's online or in person.

    You can hear the piece on catch-up until Wednesday 23rd December (we're on just after 52 minutes)
  • Youth Choir composition video!
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 19 Aug 2020
    Youth Choir composition video!
    We are so delighted to share 'Hope', composed by Laura Sheils in collaboration with the Belfast Philharmonic Youth Choir.

    With grant support from the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the singers worked with Laura to create a brand new piece of music reflecting on their experiences in lockdown and hopes for the future. The choir then learned their parts in online rehearsals and recorded individual tracks from home which have been expertly put together by Brian Murphy into our virtual choir.

    The piece is performed by the Phil Youth Choir, accompanied by Gail Evans (piano) and members of the Ulster Orchestra, led by Youth Choirs Artistic Director Lynsey Callaghan.

    We're really happy to show everyone what we've been working on - please have a listen and let us know what you think on the Youtube page!
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