About Neil Black
Endocrinology & Diabetes Physician in Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland. I've been Assistant Director for Acute Services since April 2017.
I sing tenor and am in two choirs at present. I joined the Irish Doctors' Choir for its inaugural event in November 2017 and am a committee member and also public relations officer, operating the Facebook page and Twitter account. The IDC is a fun and rewarding community and the choral experiences are edifying to say the least.
Entries by Neil Black
As others sat in cosy homes, enjoying seeing the best team win the Rugby World Cup, the intrepid Cork team were preparing for their local rehearsal. Brian and I arrived late as our train had been hit by weekend engineering works. On the way down, I entertained him with live comments from the Cork Singers […]
We are hot off the heels of our highly-appreciated short set yesterday at the Europa, Belfast. We performed at the International Conference in Palliative Dementia Care, in front of the NI Permanent Secretary for Health. It is the first of three invites to perform at Healthcare conferences during this year. So what’s the deal? Traipse […]
What was different about the 4th IDC big weekend event? So far, Mahler 2nd Symphony, Rachmaninov All Night Vigil, Bach for Advent, so in our first 18 months we certainly hit the ground running. Well, this was more time to take stock and consolidate. We have learnt loads technically and about our ensemble so far, but this […]
Newman University Church, Sunday 25th November 2018 It’s now a full week since our Bach for Advent experience. We had a one-day workshop during which we tested the water and made many new colleagues, some of whom joined us later, including a lovely musical colleague singing alto from near Vienna who now lives in Dublin. In […]
A reflection on Mahler 8 by Frank, one of our wonderful bass singers… Our first rehearsal with Brian was hard work for all with only three main voice parts (S)ATB and a small cohort of singers We worked mainly on words and rhythm. Pitching was problematic at times. His positivity and ability to fix things […]
Slava Tebe Bozhe….Glory be to God….for Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil, 14th April 2018 Last night, we performed Rachmaninov All Night Vigil to 100 people at the lovely An Grianan Centre in Termonfeckin. All proceeds are going to the very deserving Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre in Drogheda. So what have we learned from our second […]
We’d a great rehearsal and workshop day with Brian yesterday in Dublin. About half the singers signed up top the Rachmaninov All Night Vigil performance planned for Saturday 14th April. He characteristically put us through our paces with energy and precision, concentrating on pronunciation, rhythm and structure of the work as he went through the […]
Till now prep has been up to us, but great resources have been made available – a Church Slavonic pronunciation guide and perusal scores. One of us speaks Slovakian, a few have had a taste of Polish, but this is certainly my first time trying to nail Church Slavonic. When you read back into the […]