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The Senior Choir, which gave several performances at the Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
The Senior Choir, which gave several performances at the Spring Concert
The Traditional Group which performed at the Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
The Traditional Group which performed at the Spring Concert
Traditional Trio performing at the Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
Traditional Trio performing at the Spring Concert
Irish dancers who took part in the Loreto College Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
Irish dancers who took part in the Loreto College Spring Concert
Contemporary dancers who performed at the Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
Contemporary dancers who performed at the Spring Concert
24/04/2007 SPRING CONCERT SHOWCASES MUSICAL TALENT AT LORETO COLLEGE

The biennial Spring Concert took place at Loreto College Coleraine on the evening of Tuesday 25th April 2007, showcasing the considerable musical talent among the College’s students.
 
The concert featured several fine performances from the College’s Senior and Junior choirs.  Both choirs have had great success recently, with the Senior Choir having been recorded for BBC Northern Ireland’s “Our Wee World” programme, and the Junior choir having taken first place in its class in the Coleraine Festival, and third place in its class in the Bangor International Choral Festival.

Also on display were some of the vocal talents of a number of soloists: Lucy McLAughlin (Year 12), Megan McGonigle (Year 12), Gemma Mullins (Year 10), Claire Beatty (Year 13) and three smaller singing ensembles delighted the audience with their performances.  There were also piano solos of an impressive standard by Eamonn Cassidy (Year 9), Conor O’Kane (Year 11) and Therese Tunney (Year 13), as well as the delightful harp playing of Dearbhla McCotter (Year 10).

The capacity audience in the College Hall also enjoyed the visual spectacle of a variety of dance performances.  Two Irish dancing groups – one from the Senior school, one from the Junior school – performed intricately choreographed Riverdance-style routines.  Contemporary dance was also on offer, with Rosanna Jack (Year 14), and Megan Cunning, Elizabeth Lane and Lois Quigley (all Year 11) performing complex and inventive routines which won them top awards at the Causeway Open Dance Championships last month.  Another highlight was Alan Ayckbourn’s satirical comedy “Gosforth Fate”, performed by members of the Year 13 Theatre Studies group with impeccable comic timing.

Finally, a number of instrumental ensembles were on hand to display their combined talents.  Drawn largely from the Junior school, the School Orchestra displayed tuneful enthusiasm, while the more advanced String Quartet, from among the College’s GCSE and A level students, performed at a sophisticated level.  Traditional music was a significant feature of the evening, with the College’s immensely talented Traditional Group delighting audiences, as well as two smaller ensembles drawn from its ranks.

Congratulating Head of Music Miss Roisin Stewart, Choirmaster Mr Howard Gillespie, Head of Drama Mrs Oonah McEwan, Irish Dance choreographer Roisin O’Kane (Year 13) and the various instrumental tutors, Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College, commented that the Spring Concert had been a memorable display of tremendous talent offering something for the musical taste of everyone in the audience.