Music Festival 2019

Posted May 16, 2019 by WI Staff in Event Reports

The annual Federation Music Festival was arranged by the Arts Sub-Committee and held on Saturday 9th March 2019 at Roseyards Presbyterian Church Hall, Ballymoney.

There was an eclectic mix of styles and content, ranging from show stoppers, to well-known and loved ‘golden oldies’, beautiful solo pieces, singalong classics and humorous ditties thrown in!  Each receiving enthusiastic applause.  A variety of well-turned-out costumes were also on display.

After all the classes were performed, the adjudicator Mr Sam Moreland, B.Sc, FTCL, M.T.D., Dip.L.M.V.,  gave considered professional and encouraging critiques.  In his closing remarks he congratulated all the entrants on achieving a very high standard.  He also said to keep organising festivals and to keep singing!

Federation Chairman Collette Craig presented the trophies, with the award for Best Overall going to Quoile Area Choir.

The Roseyards Presbyterian ladies provided morning coffee and scones and a delicious soup and sandwich lunch. The Vote of Thanks was given by Pat Harrison and the afternoon finished in traditional WI style with the singing of A Countrywoman’s Song.


The talented prize winners were as follows:


Class 1 – Novice Choir – Isobel Rainey Cup: Ballymoney WI


Class 2 – Fireside Chorus – Burgess Trophy: Richhill WI


Class 3 – Choral Folk – Alice Chestnutt Shield: Ballyblack WI


Class 4 – Choral Sacred – Ballyrogan Salver: Quoile Area


Class 5 – Choral (12 voices +) – Carrickfergus Cup: Quoile Area


Class 6 – Choral (2-12 voices) – Priory Cup: Crumlin WI


Class 7 – Soprano Solo Untrained – Doreen Young Cup: Nuala Doran, Armoy WI


Class 8 – Alto Solo Untrained – Havelock Nelson Medal: Anne Patton, Armoy WI


Class 11 – Songs from a Musical – Arts Sub Committee Cup: Crumlin WI


Class 12 – Solo Folk – Sam Henry Cup – Margaret Taylor: Downpatrick WI


Best Over All – Deborah Horan Trophy: Quoile Area


Pictured at the Music Festival 2019 (back row L-R): Moyra Gowland of Ballymoney WI, Helen Lewis of Crumlin WI, Anne Patton of Armoy WI, Nuala Doran of Armoy WI, Eileen Hearst of Ballyblack WI and Colleen Logan of Ballymoney WI.   

(front Row L-R): Margaret Taylor of Downpatrick WI, Isabel Keenan of Quoile Area, Adjudicator Sam Moreland, Federation Chairman Collette Craig and Arts Sub-Committee Chairman Lesley Dowds.



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