YFCU 90th Anniversary Celebrations well under way with Annual Choir Festival

5 December 2019

YFCU 90th Anniversary Celebrations well under way with Annual Choir Festival

The event, sponsored by Power NI, saw over 450 guests and choir singers attend 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.

The County Antrim singers made the journey to Parliament Buildings, Stormont, to compete against other clubs at the Young Farmers’ Choir Festival event held on Wednesday 4 December.

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 Marketing 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.

Best Accompaniment - Gleno Valley/Straid (Richard Barnes)




Overall 3rd Place and Best Choral Piece - Kilrea 



Overall 2nd Place and Best New Comer - Coleraine



Overall 1st Place - Gleno/Straid


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