Belfast Operatic Company : Office Bearers
Thompson Steele (President)
A long serving and enthusiastic member of the Company, Thompson (better known as Thompie) served the Committee for over 20 consecutive years as Company Treasurer, overseeing the income and expenditure of productions and the day to day running of Heron Road. In 2010 Thompie was popularly voted the new President of the Company and continues to play an extremely active part in the running of BOC. Thompie also acts as the Company's AIMS representative, as well as completing many small but vital roles which ensure the smooth running of the premises.
John S Mercer (Founder)
John Mercer is the founder & former president of the Belfast Operatic Company, he founded the Company in 1960 in Ballymacarrett Church, and its members at the time included not only choristers from the church choir but also a large number of teacher friends and acquaintances of his wife and himself who had trained at Stranmillis College in Belfast.
Kerry Cooper (Chairperson)
Kerry is a relatively new member to the Company having joined us in 2006 and has appeared as one of our principals in several shows including flying high above the Opera House Stage as Fruma Sarah in 'Fiddler on the Roof'' and more recently as a saucy French Duster in 'Beauty and the Beast'. Kerry's years as Vice Chair were very busy as alongside her role of supporting our Chairman - David Robinson, and deputising for him when necessary, Kerry was also a vital link in the sale and purchase of our premises as well as the organisation of the fit out.
James Huish (Vice-Chair)
Since he was a child James has had a passion for singing and performing and has appeared in many musicals, playing Tony in ‘West Side Story’ and Danny in ‘Grease’. He is known province-wide for his Michael Buble Tribute Band.
In 2010 James appeared with Belfast Operatic Company for the first time in the demanding role of ‘The Beast’ in our award winning ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Since then he has become an enthusiastic member of the Company, joing the committee in 2011 and becoming Vice Chair in 2012.
Tina McVeigh (Secretary)
Not only has she been singing for the Operatic for over 25 years, but Tina has also been Company secretary since 2003, and is responsible for all Company correspondence. While this would seem to be a limited role, most members will be aware that the role of Secretary goes far beyond this, and indeed is one of the busiest offices a Company member can hold. Our frequently filled email inboxes, loaded with announcements and reminders from Tina are testimony to this, and the large amount of hard work, effort and dedication she puts into her role.
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