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Irish dancers who took part in the annual Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
Irish dancers who took part in the annual Spring Concert
The Combined Loreto Senior, Junior and Boys' choirs - View Full Size Image
The Combined Loreto Senior, Junior and Boys' choirs
Members of the Traditional Group - View Full Size Image
Members of the Traditional Group
Members of the Loreto College Orchestra - View Full Size Image
Members of the Loreto College Orchestra
Harpists Lauren O'Neill and Cariosa O'Harte - View Full Size Image
Harpists Lauren O'Neill and Cariosa O'Harte
22/03/2013 SPRING CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS TALENT AT LORETO COLLEGE

The annual Spring Concert was held at Loreto College Coleraine on the evening of Thurssday 21st March 2013, showcasing the considerable musical and dramatic talent among the College’s students.  Loreto College has a long-held tradition of excellence in Music and Drama, strong and vibrant aspects of the wide range of curricular and extra-curricular experiences on offer to students at this prestigious voluntary grammar school. 
 
The concert featured several fine performances from the College’s Senior and Junior choirs.  Both choirs have a long-established reputation, having taken many awards over the years at Music Festivals both locally and further afield.  Also on display were some of the vocal talents of a number of soloists: Tara Canning, Jamie McGuinness, Rebecca Kealey and Hannah McMullan. There was a very memorable performance of the well-known song ‘You Raise Me Up’, by the newly-formed Boys’ Choir, led by Ben Levy.  This was one of several vocal ensembles to perform: there was also a delightful performance from the Year 10 Ensemble.

There were also piano solos of an impressive standard by Rachel O’Kane, Rachel Kelly, and Emma Crossley, as well as performances by traditional harpists Lauren O’Neill and Cariosa O’Harte, and a String Ensemble comprising Eimear Dillon, Connor Dudley-Fergus, Rachel Kelly, and Maria McLaughlin. Many of the ensemble and solo performances were accompanied by Year 13 student Ben Levy, who responded with sensitivity and expertise to the complex task of effective accompaniment.

The capacity audience in the College Hall also enjoyed the visual spectacle of a variety of dance performances.  Two Irish dancing groups performed intricately choreographed Riverdance-style routines. There was an impressive display of set dancing from Donal Close, Feargal Close, Therese Corrigan and Orla Rafferty. Another highlight of the evening came with a monologue from JB Keane’s play The Field, performed by Emma Crossley.

Finally, a number of instrumental ensembles were on hand to display their combined talents.  Drawn largely from the Junior and Middle school and led by Maria McLaughlin, the School Orchestra performed a tuneful and lively medley. Traditional music was a significant feature of the evening, with the College’s immensely talented Traditional Group delighting the audience.  The evening culminated in a stirring performance from the Combined Junior and Senior Choirs and Boys’ Chorus, drawing great acclaim from the audience.

Congratulating Head of Music Miss Roisin Stewart, Music Teacher and Vice Principal Mr Stephen Gallagher, Choirmaster Mr Howard Gillespie, Head of Drama Mrs Oonah McEwan, and the various instrumental tutors and Irish dancing choreographers, Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, commented that the Spring Concert had been a memorable display of tremendous talent, offering something for the musical and dramatic taste of everyone in the audience.