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The Senior and Junior Choirs at a recent rehearsal - View Full Size Image
The Senior and Junior Choirs at a recent rehearsal

The two choirs from Loreto College Coleraine took two top awards in the choral section of the annual Ballymena Festival in early March.

Under the baton of Choirmaster Mr Howard Gillespie, the Senior Choir took first place in its section, performing from its extensive and varied repertoire.† Comprised of girls from Year 11-14 at Loreto College, the Choir has performed at a series of school functions already this year, and was recently heard on BBC Radio 3ís Choir of the Year programme.

Showing tremendous promise for the future, meanwhile, the Junior Choir, comprised of girls and boys from Years 8-10, took second place in its section, performing a challenging selection of songs often attempted only by more advanced ensembles.†

Performances by both choirs can be enjoyed towards the end of the Spring Term, with arrangements in hand for a Spring Concert to be held in the College Hall before Easter.† Choirmaster Mr Howard Gillespie and Head of Music Miss Roisin Stewart were congratulated on both choirsí achievements by Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College, on behalf of all the staff and students of the school.