Encóre Celebrates First Birthday

Posted by on Mar 7, 2012

Encóre Contemporary Choir celebrated its first birthday in February – and what a year it has been!

As Encóre turns one, the North West’s foremost contemporary choir can look back on a year of great achievements, including a sell out Christmas show ‘Musicals and Mistletoe’ at the Waterside Theatre in December.

With an influx of new members, bringing the choir’s numbers up to 52, it looks like 2012 is set to be another phenomenal year, with Encóre moving into fantastic new rehearsal space in the Millennium Forum.

Musical Director of Encóre Contemporary Choir, Emmet Doherty, said the choir’s first year was an incredible success yet only a taste of what is still to come.

Emmet added: “When this choir was first formed we all hoped it would do well, but I don’t think any of us dreamed we would have come so far is such a short space of time.

“We have given a number of very successful public performances, culminating in our sell out Christmas concert in the Waterside Theatre, it has been quite a roller coaster ride, but it has also been great fun.

“I know I can speak for everyone in the choir when I say that we are not just interested in making fantastic music (though of course this is incredibly important to us), but it’s also about having a brilliant time. It’s so important to myself and the rest of the choir’s committee that while we are working hard and building up our already impressive repertoire, that everyone is enjoying being part of the choir and having fun, and I think that comes across in our vibrant performances.”

As for the future, Emmet added: “It’s definitely onwards and upwards for Encóre Contemporary Choir, we have already achieved so much, but the really exciting thing is we have so much more to offer.”

David McLaughlin, Millennium Forum Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that Encore Choir have joined us in the Millennium Forum. Involvement of arts groups in our overall offering is part of our on-going commitment to the local arts community and we are very pleased to build upon the work we have been developing over the last ten years.”

Printed in the Derry Journal, 6th March 2012