Signup for Belfast Choral Festival 2018

Sep 15, 2018

Belfast — The second annual Belfast Choral Festival will take place the weekend of Oct. 12 through 14 at First Church UCC, 104 Church St./8 Court St., Belfast. Participants will come to practices Friday evening and Saturday; and present a concert on Sunday.

Led again by Ronald Sherwin (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth) and Sarah McQuarrie (Bridgewater State University), the fest promises to be a fun weekend of singing and sharing a message of hope, purpose and peace, in a time so desperately in need of it.

There are opportunities for all ages. The Festival Choir is for young people in grades 7-12 and adults of any age. Organizers are especially hoping to involve the local high school choirs and hope many will want to take this opportunity to sing alongside those of different generations. The Children's Choir is for those in grades K-6. This group will meet Saturday from 11 to 11:45 a.m., after the Festival Choir morning rehearsal; and an hour before the concert on Sunday.

There will be childcare offered for those who request it. Participants of both the Festival and Children's choirs must register in advance. Forms can be obtained online at or from the church office at 8 Court St. Music must be purchased by each individual from J.W. Pepper (online link is on the registration form). However, high school students’ music will be provided for them, and children will not need music provided. There is no other cost to participate.

The free Songs of Purpose and Peace for Our Times concert, open to the public, will be presented Sunday, Oct. 14, at 3 pm. and include both the Festival and Children's choirs.  In addition, the church is holding a community spaghetti supper Saturday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall, to which everyone is invited (donations accepted).

The First Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation, ADA Accessible, located at 104 Church St. For more information, call the church office at 338-2282; check out the church’s Facebook page; or visit its website.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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