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The year 2005 sees the seventy-fifth anniversary of the establishment of Loreto College in Coleraine. A series of celebratory events to be held throughout the course of the year began this week with the Spring Concert showcasing the immense musical talent on offer at the College.

The concert was also the occasion for the launch of the CD, “This is the Day”, recorded over recent months by the Loreto College Senior Choir. The CD, which includes twelve songs from the choir’s extensive repertoire, is the culmination of a year’s dedicated rehearsing and a busy season of performance and competition. Under the baton of choirmaster Mr Howard Gillespie, the outstanding young singers recently took first place in the Youth section of the Coleraine International Choral Festival, competing against choirs from throughout the UK, Ireland and beyond. With a distinguished record in the UTV Choir of the Year competition, the Loreto choir has for several years been established as one of the top grammar school choirs in Northern Ireland, and earlier this year was the only grammar school choir from Northern Ireland to win through to the second round of the BBC Songs of Praise Choir of the Year competition. The CD, priced £8, will be available from the College in the coming weeks, with proceeds going to the College’s designated charities.

As well as enjoying outstanding performances by the Senior Choir, the capacity audience in the College Hall for the Spring Concert was able to hear the singers of the future in the College’s excellent Junior Choir. Outstanding solo vocal performances by Niamh O’Kane, Ashling Reynolds, Orlagh McQuillan, Marian Armstrong, Eilish McAllister, Anne Marie McGill and Megan Devlin were complemented by instrumental solos by talented young pianists Conor O’Kane and Therese Tunney. For some the highlights of the evening came with the light-footed and lively displays of set dancing and Irish dancing, and with the superb performances of the traditional group, flute trio and the specially arranged instrumental and singing duet by Ashling Reynolds and Grace McMacken. Among the younger members of the audience, a great ovation was given to the College’s rock band, making its Spring Concert debut – guitarists Stephen Kelly, Christopher McTague and Kealan Burke along with Rory Kane on drums showed style and panache in adding a modern twist to the evening.

Paying tribute to the students and staff involved in both the concert and the production of the CD, Vice Principal Mrs Susan Kelly expressed the heartfelt thanks of all the staff and students of Loreto College to Head of Music Mrs Roisin Stewart, Choirmaster Mr Howard Gillespie, instrumental tutor Mrs Annie Sharkey and Irish dance co-ordinators Mrs Maeve Close and Mrs Geraldine Diamond.