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A Year 9 performing at the Loreto College Summer Concert - View Full Size Image
A Year 9 performing at the Loreto College Summer Concert
The Junior Choir - View Full Size Image
The Junior Choir
Two Year 10's performing a duet from 'Oliver' - View Full Size Image
Two Year 10's performing a duet from 'Oliver'
Irish dancers performing at the Summer Concert - View Full Size Image
Irish dancers performing at the Summer Concert
The Year 8 vocal group - View Full Size Image
The Year 8 vocal group

A Summer Concert was held on the evening of Tuesday 22nd June 2010 at Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School.  The concert was a showcase for the musical talent of the College’s Y8-Y10 students, and was a memorable evening featuring outstanding performances.  It was an evening of great variety, which offered something for everyone in the capacity audience in the College Hall.

In keeping with the fine tradition of choral music at Loreto College, there were performances from four choirs.  The award-winning Loreto Junior Choir performed a repertoire of great contrast: ‘The Drunken Sailor’ and ‘This Little Light of Mine’ to open the evening, and ‘The Rose’ and ‘The Rhythm of Life’ to conclude it.  All these performances were spirited and showed great musicality and ‘light and shade’ from a talented group of singers drawn from Years 8-10.  Between these choral bookends sat performances by Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 Choral Groups: once again, all three groups offered impeccable, sensitive and joyful performances of a pleasantly varied selection of songs.  Soloists drawn from all the year groups on display gave some beautifully-judged performances, which again combined technical accuracy with an impressive sense of musicality for such young performers.  Among these young singers were Ruth Bleakley (Year 10), Paige Browne (Year 10), Rebekah Kealey (Year 9), Clodagh McBride (Year 10), Saryah McCrossan (Year 10), Hannah McMullan (Year 9) and Olivia McCullagh (Year 10), and an impressive duet performance by Niamh Doherty and Sarah Jayne McGill (both Year 9).
There were also several impressive performance by some very talented instrumentalists. Sisters Emma Kelly (a guest artist from Year 12) and Rachel Kelly (Year 8) performed with panache and expertise in a violin solo, making a taxing piece look easy, and later Emma went on to accompany some of the choral performances on the piano.  Pianists Rachel O’Kane (Year 9), Ben Levy (Year 10), Lauren McNicholl (Year 9) and sisters Aoibheann and Siofra Gillen (Years 10 and 8) in a virtuoso duet, were impressive in performing complex scores with a delicate balance of dextrous fingerwork, elegant dynamic range and a fine mastery of tone and touch. 

And amid all this musical beauty, came several interludes of drama, dance and musical theatre. Irish dancers Olivia McCullagh, Ruth Bleakley, Ellen Moloney and Jordan Kelly (Years 9 & 10) performed a lively Riverdance-inspired routine, combining exuberance with beautifully accurate footwork. On the musical theatre front, there was a delightful performance of ‘I’d do Anything’, from the musical ‘Oliver’, by Jamie McGuinness and Rosanna McAleese (both Year 10).  Jamie and Rosanna added comic timing and a sense of fun to a very fine vocal performance.  Following this was a hugely entertaining dramatic monologue on the difficulty of teenage life in Scotland performed by Conal McGinley (Year 9): this was a spirited and witty performance in which, among other things, Conal had to master a Glaswegian accent while telling a complex story of a character’s real life and his imagined life. Lucas Levy (also Year 9) took on the mantle of showman along with a costume of waistcoat and sparkly hat, performing ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ in a sensitive, stylish performance which combined a touch of melancholy with all the panache that the lyrics entail.  Lucas was accompanied on piano by his brother Ben: Ben Levy (Year 10) later brought the house down with his piano-and-vocals performance of ‘When Irish Eyes are Smiling’, which ended in an audience sing-along: again this was a thoughtful, intelligent and musically outstanding interpretation of a well-known standard.

Overall the concert was a memorable one, which was greatly enjoyed by all those present.  Mr Brian Lenehan, College Principal, paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of Mr Howard Gillespie, Choirmaster, who co-ordinated the event, and to the members of the College’s Music Department, instrumental tutors, backstage helpers, secretarial staff and sound and lights team who had contributed so much to the evening.