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The Junior Choir, winners at the Coleraine Festival and Bangor International Choral Festival - View Full Size Image
The Junior Choir, winners at the Coleraine Festival and Bangor International Choral Festival
The Senior Choir, runners-up in the Bangor International Choral Festival - View Full Size Image
The Senior Choir, runners-up in the Bangor International Choral Festival
Loreto College students, prizewinners at the Coleraine Music Festival - View Full Size Image
Loreto College students, prizewinners at the Coleraine Music Festival
06/05/2010 AWARDS FOR LORETO COLLEGE MUSICIANS

The Senior and Junior Choirs from Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, along with some solo singers and instrumentalists have taken top awards in two local Music Festivals this term. 

Both the Senior and Junior Choirs competed with distinction in the annual Bangor International Choral Festival on Wednesday 21st April 2010. Under the baton of Choirmaster Mr Howard Gillespie, the Junior Choir took first place in the Under 15 Youth Choirs section, following an outstanding performance of a challenging repertoire for such a young ensemble.  Meanwhile in the Under 19 Youth Choirs section, the Loreto Senior Choir took second place, again winning praise, and achieving a Distinction, for excellent performances from the adjudicators.

Only a week later, the Loreto Junior Choir was on the competition circuit once again, performing to great acclaim in the Coleraine Festival.  At the local event, the Junior Choir won the Louie Barnes Cup for first place in the Mixed Voice Choirs (Under 14) section.  The Choir also received the Anderson Cup for the highest marks in their section of the Festival.

A few individual musicians also distinguished themselves at this year’s Coleraine Festival.  Two young harpists took first place awards: in the Irish Harp Solo (10-14 years), Caoimhe Cooke (Year 10) was placed first, while Lauren O’Neill (Year 11)took first place in the Irish Harp Solo (15-18 years) competition.  Meanwhile in the solo singing classes, Rachael Gaile (Year 13) won the class for Junior Sacred Solo (14-18 years), while in the Girls’ Duet (12-18 years) class, Rachael was joined by Year 13 classmate Gemma Mullins to take first place.  Rachael Gaile also won a bursary for £100 for the best performance in the vocal solo category.

Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College, congratulated the solo performers and the members of both choirs along with Head of Music Miss Roisin Stewart and Choirmaster Mr Howard Gillespie on these tremendous awards and accolades.