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Down Cathedral
21 June 2024 at 7:30pm

Tickets at the door: £15

Come join us for a cross-community musical evening supporting those affected by the floods which devastated Downpatrick in November 2023.

Performers include:

Downshire Brass
St. Patrick’s Choral Society
Down Community Youth Choir
Ballygowan Concert Flute Band
Quoile Area WI Choir, with guests from Ballyblack.

Proceeds to the Downpatrick & County Down Railway Charity.

Downshire Brass

Downshire Brass are based in Belfast and are one of Northern Ireland’s leading championship section brass bands. Formed more than 30 years ago from two of the oldest established brass bands in Ireland, Downshire enjoys considerable success as a contesting and concert brass band. The Band has a vibrant youth band and a number of smaller ensembles including the Ulster Rugby Band which performs regularly at the Kingspan stadium in Belfast.

The Band strives to include something for everyone in a repertoire which ranges from traditional brass band marches, through ‘big band’ numbers, to the classics and popular music. Downshire Brass has won a number of prizes for its entertaining programmes including winning performances at the Festival of Brass contest in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, and contest and solo prizes in competitions in Scotland and Ireland in recent years.

St Patrick's Choral Society

St Patrick’s Choral Society are a musical theatre society based in Downpatrick. 

Down Community Youth Choir

Down Community Youth Choir, was et up in response to the flooding in November 2023 and have already raised money to support local charities following the flooding. They performed ‘A Gaelic Blessing’, on St Patrick’s Day live on the BBC.

Ballygowan Concert Flute Band

Ballygowan won the 2024 Flute Band Association’s Own Choice Competition on Saturday 24 February with a superb performance of Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain and Verdi’s Sicilian Vespers. As well as competitions the band is regularly requested to play in all sorts of events including concerts, park engagements, church services and traditional parades.

Their range of music is vast – marches, selections from well known musicals, Irish traditional music, and many pieces from the classical repertoire.

Quoile Area WI Choir, with guests from Ballyblack

The Quoile Area Women’s Institute choir is a cross-community group of singers with a wide ranging repertoire. They regularly perform for those in local care homes, for WI events, and in various churches throughout the year.

Ballyblack WI Choir, directed by Eileen Hearst, also supports the communities of the Ards Peninsula through their musicianship.

All proceeds to the
Downpatrick & County Down Railway

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