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Saturday 5 September 2015

Methody students to sing for the Queen

By Alf McCreary

Published 12/05/2011

A school choir from Belfast will sing for the Queen during her visit to the Republic.

The award-winning Chapel Choir from Methodist College will perform at a reception in the British Embassy which will be attended by the Royal couple and some 2000 invited guests.

The Methody choir will be accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and other performers will include Westlife, The Chieftains and Mary Byrne.

Ruth McCartney, the choir's musical director, who received an MBE from the Queen several years ago, told the Belfast Telegraph: “We are excited at being invited to perform in Dublin. This has been an incredible year for the choir. We have been to the USA twice already, and what an honour it will be to sing for the Queen.”

Earlier this year the Chapel Choir took part with other leading choirs in the premiere of a Karl Jenkins work titled Gloria in Carnegie Hall, New York.

The choir has won numerous awards in recent years including the BBC, RTE and UTV versions of Choir of the Year.

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