About Us

“Since its beginnings, I have watched Belfast Operatic Company progress into one of the major amateur groups in the province to perform in the Grand Opera House and I have been delighted by its many successes over the years and Long may it continue to flourish”

John Mercer – Founder of BOC.

Delivering the moments that matter to our members and our audience since 1960

For over 60 years Belfast Operatic Company, or BOC as we are fondly known, has been delivering the best in Musical Theatre to audiences across Ireland. Based in our home city of Belfast, BOC is a diverse and inclusive mix of talent, who all come together to share the joy, spirit and sheer thrill of creative performance.

Although musical theatre has changed a lot since our first production in 1960, BOCs ethos has remained the same, in bringing the highest quality musical entertainment to our audiences, whilst nurturing and maintaining the fun enjoyed by our members.

Embracing the old and celebrating the new

Our first productions were musicals by Gilbert and Sullivan, and their importance to the Company is still evident today. Rarely will the Company perform in concert without including a section from a “G&S” classic. Over the years, however the Company has embraced newly emerging theatrical tastes, and has never been afraid to break new ground. Our many productions, which included Irish and Northern Irish Premieres, are testament to this.

Notable productions over the past few years include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Titanic the Musical, Jekyll and Hyde, Sister Act, A Christmas Carol, and Elf.

A place for like minded people to share their passion. We do it, because we love it.

Our Members

BOC would be nothing without the people who make it so special. From the young new members who bring in fresh energy and excitement, to lifelong supporters who share experience and wisdom.

We take our commitment to each other at BOC very seriously. BOC is so much more than just a performance for us and our members. It is friendship, passion, fun, camaraderie and a sense of purpose.

Office Bearers

Thompson Steele


Colin Boyd


Hall Graham

Vice Chairman

Gary Redpath


Elizabeth Boyd


Joy Kerr

Patrons Secretary

Adam Darcy

Musical Director

John S Mercer


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Upcoming Productions

If you’re looking to watch the best in Musical Theatre, take a look at our upcoming shows and performances.

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Previous Productions

BOC performs a wide range of concerts, shows and musicals to suit all tastes. Take a look back at some of our past performances.

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Fundraising Events

No matter what your background or experience, we welcome you to audition for the BOC.

Belfast Operatic Company set a new benchmark for amateur or indeed musical theatre in general with their production of one of Belfast’s greatest stories

The Belfast Telegraph