Under the gifted and inspired direction of Dr Shaun Ryan, Lecturer in Music and Choral Director, the 70 strong University of Ulster Choir has, over the past decade, gained considerable popular and critical acclaim for its distinctive and dramatic performances presented in beautiful ecclesiastical settings.
On occasion, audiences unexpectedly find their emotions moved to the point of tears. After one particularly memorable performance in Sacred Heart Church, Strabane, one slightly teary visitor explained: “It was just so beautiful.”
For this season’s series of concerts, the choir is delighted to be joined by Gail Evans (piano) in performances of Morten Lauridsen’s sumptuous Lux aeterna.
Also included in the programme are works by Howard Goodall and Eric Whitacre.
Based at the University of Ulster’s School of Creative Arts - located on the university’s Magee campus in Derry - Shaun Ryan has also worked with the Chapel Choir of Trinity College Dublin, The Dublin Gospel Choir, and the Ulster Youth Choir.
Accompanist and repetiteur Gail Evans is official accompanist with the Belfast Philharmonic Choir and Phil Kids and has also worked extensively with Tosini, the Bel Canto School of Singing, and NI Opera.
In recent years, the University of Ulster Choir has performed in Derry, Belfast, Enniskillen, Coleraine, Letterkenny, Dublin and London.
The UU Choir is composed primarily of B Mus. undergraduates but also includes other UU students, staff, and choral singers from the wider community.
With a wide ranging membership crossing class, creed and generations, the University of Ulster Choir’s existence has, it’s been said, been instrumental in forging strong relationships both within and between the university and its wider community.
The UU Choir will be performing at St Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry, on Thursday, April 19 at 8.15 p.m
Admission to the concert is free.