The adjudicators’ remarks are glowing with praise:
“Tone was warm and beautifully expressive, and the unhurried flow captured the musical simplicity that is often over-looked.”“Excellent articulation and effective contrasts. You really entered into this folk world – excellent solo/duet build-up – “may your legs be broken” – light, powerful, soothing, moving. I loved it!““Beautiful textures. You listen to each other intently – and it shows. Excellent ensemble and blend.”“Beautiful light tone and exquisite balance between the voices. You sing with clear stylistic grasp and musical intensity.”“Excellent articulation. Your full sound was commanding. Short, impactful and well done. Well done!““An impressive dynamic range for a relatively moderate-sized choir. You sang with lightness and buoyancy, and managed to express the style persuasively. Disciplined and polished singing. Thank you.”
On Thursday 15th of January, we will hold a collaborative exhibition from Open Arts’ three visual arts groups. Each group works in various mediums including printmaking, textiles, pastels, paint, ink, papier-mâché and collage.
The exhibition will run from Tuesday 6th January until Friday 30th January.
Please note that as the Ulster Hall exhibition space is in a working building, there may be times when the gallery space is closed to the public. If you are visiting us specifically to view the art work we would recommend that you call in advance to check opening hours, 028 90334400
No More Cuts to the Arts
Support the Campaign
The draft budget for Northern Ireland 2015-16 is out now for public consultation. The document proposes a 10% cut to the budget for the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure. That translates as an 11.2% cut to direct public funding for the arts.
This is the biggest cut yet for the arts and culture sectors. It follows on the back of six successive cuts, including two this year alone, and would set the Arts Council’s budget back a decade to below 2005/06 levels.
Currently the NI government invests just 13p per head of population per week in direct funding for the arts. To put that into context, the annual arts budget would sustain the Health Service for less than one day. Yet this relatively tiny investment in the arts of 0.1% (1/1000th) of total government spending brings BIG returns for Northern Ireland.
Please click the following link for more information from the Arts Council NI’s website:
Three, Photo Gallery
Beautiful photos from our album launch have arrived.
Thank you to Paul Marshall Photography.
Open Arts Media Coverage
Open Arts have been getting quite a bit of press lately since the Open Arts Community Choir launched their third album, Three.
Here are snippets from the Daily Mirror, The Irish News, and The Belfast Telegraph. Keep your eyes peeled for our NVTV feature and a few other upcoming newspaper feature stories.
Saturday’s Daily Mirror Article by Jilly Beattie.
Thursday’s article in The Irish News, by Jenny Lee
See the following link for the full atticle online: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/relatively-speaking-we-chat-to-breege-and-fonsie-corr-30755733.html
Community Choir launches new album
On Thursday night, the atmosphere was electric in the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts with the Open Arts Community Choir debuting a stunning new collection of songs from their long awaited new album, Three. Open Arts Community Choir is an award winning, dynamic, inclusive choir that is an integral part of Open Arts, an arts and disability organisation.
Guitar maestro Colin Reid started the evening with a mesmerising performance. NI Soul Troop brought funk to the evening with their set and also joined with the choir for the final two songs of the night, ‘Somebody Everybody’, an NI Soul Troop original, and a captivating rendition of ‘Something Inside so Strong’.
The beautiful Duncairn Centre was packed with devoted fans for the launch of Three, including Councillor Nichola Mallon, Lord Mayor of Belfast.
Belfast Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon wished Open Arts Community Choir every success with their new album. “The Open Arts Community Choir are fantastic. I was delighted that they performed at my Installation Dinner in City Hall earlier this year. People are still raving about them,” she said. “This is an inspirational choir. They challenge us all to look beyond a disability to see the person and their incredible talent.”
It has been 3 years since the launch of the Choir’s critically acclaimed album, Going Global. Since then, the choir has gone from strength to strength, winning fans and accolades across the UK and internationally.
Three is the Choir’s most diverse album yet, with songs from Rachmaninov to Snow Patrol. Open Arts’ Musical Director, Bev McGeown, said, “I am so proud! This proves the musical talent, passion and commitment of our members. I love that the songs on this album are as diverse as our singers and we have enjoyed every minute of recording it!”
Fionnuala Walsh, Head of Participatory Arts at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented: “Open Arts aims to increase participation for disabled and non-disabled people in arts activities across Northern Ireland. The choir provides valuable opportunities for singers to come together and share in their love of music. This latest collection of songs builds on the success of their previous albums, creating quality, inspirational music for all.”
Three is available to buy, go to www.openartscommunitychoir.com for more information or search Open Arts Community Choir on Amazon UK and iTunes UK to download.
For more information contact Bev McGeown, Open Arts’ Musical Director
firstname.lastname@example.org, 028 90 240 765
Colin Reid is a renowned finger style guitarist who draws on a wide range of influences – blues, jazz, country and classical – to create a powerful, sensitive and universally folk sound on his acoustic guitar. Colin has performed and recorded with a variety of famous bands and musicians including Eddi Reader, Brian Kennedy and Bert Jansch.
NI Soul Troop was formed in 2007 by Donal Scullion. The shape-shifting line-up has seen around 30 of some of the North’s finest musicians moving through the ranks of the Troop. With the current 10-piece line-up the band has been captivating audiences all over Northern Ireland for the last few years and has been one of the freshest and unique live acts on the scene. The band infuses elements of soul, funk, ska, jazz, blues and rock and roll, with clever lyrics and arrangements.
Our multi-award winning Open Arts Community Choir are launching their newest album, Three, with a special concert at the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, supported by Colin Reid and with special guests NI Soul Troop.
This is a BYOB event. The Duncairn Centre appreciates your moderation.
Tickets are limited
For access enquiries please contact the Duncairn Centre on 028 9074 7114
For all other enquiries call Open Arts on 0289 024 0765
Or email email@example.com
Date: 13th November 2014
Cost: £8 general admission, £5 unwaged
Where: The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts
Duncairn Avenue, Belfast