Belfast Pops Orchestra

Belfast Pops Orchestra

Belfast pops Orchestra supports Belfast Lough Sailability with a major Fundraising Event on Saturday 13th June 2015 at Whitla Hall, Methodist College.

On Saturday 13th June the Whitla Hall at Methodist College was packed to capacity to enjoy an evening of wonderful music provided by the Belfast Pops Orchestra with guest appearances throughout the performance. Organised by Karen Radcliffe and Maureen Millar, volunteers with Belfast Lough Sailability (BLS) and the Orchestra volunteer Katrina Hamill the atmosphere was electric from start to finish.

The Orchestra is a non profit organisation that has been created primarily as a vehicle for local musicians to perform and rase funds for locally based charities. All proceeds from the concert on the 13th June were for Belfast Lough Sailability . This unique Charity based at Carrickfergus was created to provide an opportunity for people with disabilities to enjoy ‘on the water’ activities in a fleet of specially adapted boats and to be fully interactive within the sailing community up to instructor and competition level.

The theme of the concert was Popular Classics and covered a wide range of well known musical classics, from Elgar to Sinatra. A memorable evening ensued from the opening rendition of Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March to the new musical score from ‘Frozen’. The evening was enhanced by guest vocalist Karl McGuckin who gave a powerful and moving performance. The audience were also delighted to hear the Londonderry Air performed by flautist Colin Irvine.

Bob Harper, Regional Organiser for Sailability in Northern Ireland, thanked the 60 plus strong Orchestra and Conductor Colin Scott. Speaking on behalf of Belfast Lough Sailability members, Bob stated that as well as the enjoyment of a magical evening of music there was the added bonus of much need funds raised for the Charity. The packed hall gave a standing ovation to all the performers.

Thank you Belfast Pops Orchestra.