Belfast Cathedral welcomes visiting choirs of a high standard, whether local, national or international, to sing services when the Cathedral choir is not on duty (usually the Sunday after Christmas, the Sunday after Easter, and Sundays in July and August). Permission to give a lunchtime concert may occasionally be given.
Choir Directors should contact Cathedral Bursar, Marie Devlin, on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 028 9032 8332 to discuss dates they may be interested in. They will then be referred to St Anne's Master of the Choristers David Stevens.
VISITING CHOIRS FOR SUNDAY SERVICES
To ensure the choir is of an appropriate standard, references and/or a sample recording may be requested, particularly if the choir has not performed in St Anne's before, or if the performance was more than three years ago.
If the booking is agreed, the Master of the Choristers will discuss rehearsal space and times, use of organ etc. Please note, it is only possible to accommodate 60 singers in the choir stalls at any service.
VISITING CHOIRS FOR LUNCHTIME RECITALS
Visiting choirs may give a 30 minute lunchtime recital at 1pm on any day, provided that the Cathedral is not already in use. Please contact bursar Marie Devlin (as above) to discuss available dates. References and/or a recording may be requested to ensure the choir is of an appropriate standard.
Because of the busy nature of the Cathedral and its facilities, rehearsal or storage rooms cannot be guaranteed. The Cathedral will publicise the choir's recital on its website and social media - once a recital is confirmed please forward any publicity material to press officer Karen Bushby at email@example.com. However, advertisements and provision of an audience is the responsibility of the visiting choir and/or its agent or publicist.
Because of the increased administration costs (PRS forms etc) and increased duties for the Sextons, the Cathedral welcomes a donation of £50 from a choir giving a lunchtime recital.