Annual highlight on the horizon

DROMORE’S very own Patience Family will be the special guests at this year’s upcoming London College of Music Annual Charity Concert in town, with all proceeds going to The Christian Institute.

The March 29 event in Dromore High School is the sixth annual charity concert staged by the local LCM centre, actively involved in the promotion of music and the arts among young and old in the wider Dromore area for some 14 years now.

The college’s local representative, and concert organiser, is Mrs Sonya Russell, who herself lived and worked in Dromore from 1996-2003.

She said of The Patience Family, “Mr and Mrs Patience, along with their two children, Jack and Katie, play the Irish harp. Together they have taken part in numerous festivals, competitions and functions across Northern Ireland.

“Indeed, they have also had the great privilege of playing for Her Majesty the Queen on one of her recent visits to the Province.”

But, as always, the real stars of the show will be the students who have taken Piano, Singing, Guitar, and Speech exams in the past year; local teachers can enter their students three times a year for examinations with LCM.

The examinations cover a wide range of musical instruments as well as singing, speech and drama and music theatre.

Said Sonya, “There will be a varied programme, ranging from exam pieces to popular composers of the day, along with songs from the shows.

“All ages will be taking part, from the very young and those who are just beginning their musical career, to the more advanced in their particular field of the arts.”

LCM examiner Mrs Jane Lindgren LLAM - visiting to examine for the college - will be speaking on the night as well as presenting certificates and awards, among them the Sonya Russell Cup of Achievement. Looking forward to the evening, Mrs. Russell invited everyone with an interest in music, speech and theatre to go along and enjoy the entertainment provided by talented young people from Dromore and further afield.

The concert will be held on Thursday 29 March at 7.30pm in Dromore High School and tickets, (£5 and £3.50 concession) will be available at the door on the night or by contacting Mrs Sonya Russell on 0771 961 8801 - email at

A selection of LCM Exam books and other music books - provided by Lisburn’s Music Galleria, - will be available to purchase on the evening.