More than 450 guests and choir singers attended the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster Choir Festival held at Parliament Buildings, Stormont.
Gleno Valley and Straid Young Farmers came together to claim first place at the competition. Members of the 24-strong group attended the competition alongside their musical director John Dorris and accompanist Richard Barnes.
Competing against 11 other choirs, Gleno Valley/Straid YFC impressed the judges with their renditions of The Lord is my Shepherd, “Shallow” and “Drunken Sailor”, with the singers being awarded overall first place for their performance.
Coleraine YFC won second place and Kilrea YFC took home third.
Prizes were also given out on the evening for Best Solo, Best Choral Piece, Best Accompaniment and Best New Comer.
Zita McNaugher, YFCU President, said: “YFCU Choir Festival is a great festive activity promoting team work within YFCU. The event is particularly special this year as it forms part of our 90th anniversary celebrations. Thank you to our host Robin Swann and Power NI for their sponsorship.”
Amy Bennington, Commercial Mark-eting Manager, Power NI, said: “Power NI is delighted to support the YFCU Choir Festival as part of our overall sponsorship of the organisation’s 90th anniversary year. The standard of singing this evening was very good and it was fantastic to see young people coming together after months of rehearsals and putting on what was an incredibly enjoyable and festive evening.”
The results were as follows:
Best Solo – Leanne McKeag,
Best Choral Piece – Kilrea
Best Accompaniment – Gleno Valley/Straid (Richard Barnes)
Best Newcomer – Coleraine
Overall Placings – 1st Gleno Valley/Straid; 2nd Coleraine; 3rd Kilrea.