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The Orchestra, led by Maria McLaughlin, performing at the College’s Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
The Orchestra, led by Maria McLaughlin, performing at the College’s Spring Concert
Traditional Group Seisear performing at the Loreto College Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
Traditional Group Seisear performing at the Loreto College Spring Concert
One of three groups of Irish Dancers performing at the Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
One of three groups of Irish Dancers performing at the Spring Concert
The Combined Senior and Junior Choirs performing at the College’s Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
The Combined Senior and Junior Choirs performing at the College’s Spring Concert
The Y11 Vocal Ensemble with soloists Connor Dudley-Fergus and Hannah McMullan - View Full Size Image
The Y11 Vocal Ensemble with soloists Connor Dudley-Fergus and Hannah McMullan
10/04/2014 LORETO COLLEGE MARKS EASTER WITH SPRING CONCERT

As the Spring Term drew to a close, Loreto College held its annual Spring Concert, showcasing the talent of the school’s many vocal and instrumental ensembles and soloists, along with its Irish dancers.

Always a highlight of Loreto Concerts, the School Orchestra opened the evening, performing a varied repertoire, from the Baroque period to the present day. Lively instrumental performances were also provided by Loreto’s two traditional ensembles: Seisear, a group which had made its school debut at the annual Christmas Talent Contest, composed of students Donal Close, Fearghal Close, Shea McTaggart, Conor Pauling, Cahir McLaughlin and Cianan Mooney, and the larger traditional ensemble drawn from throughout the school’s year groups. Audiences were also delighted by piano solos by Rachel O’Kane and Rachel Kelly, and a harp duet by Caoimhe Cooke and Cariosa O’Harte.

A lively addition was provided to the programme by the College’s three traditional Irish Dancing groups, which demonstrated a variety of styles of Irish dancing, from Feis Dancing, to Festival Dancing, to Set Dancing, combining skilled footwork and colourful costumes in performances which were at once technically adept and joyfully life-affirming.

As always, the Loreto Senior and Junior choirs performed with great distinction in a very varied programme: along with the Year 11 Vocal Ensemble, which featured soloists Hannah McMullan and Connor Dudley-Fergus. The Year 11 Ensemble and Junior Choir have had a busy Spring Term, bringing home First and Second place awards from the Ballymena and Bangor International Choral Festivals. Vocal solos were performed with breathtaking distinction by Ben Levy, Jamie McGuinness, Sarah-Jayne McGill, Rebecca Kealey and Anna Brolly. For many, a highlight of the evening came with the performance by Loreto’s answer to Il Divo, the Vocal Ensemble of Hal McGonigle, Eunan Brown and Connor Dudley-Fergus: a stylish, skilled and spine-tingling performance of Morricone’s Nelle Fantasia.

In their first public engagement, Loreto’s new Head Girl and Head Boy, Rebecca-Jayne McKillen and Conor O’Neill, spoke on behalf of the College to pay tribute to all the ensemble and solo performers, and to the College’s Music Department. Tribute was paid to Miss Roisin Stewart, Head of Music, Mr Stephen Gallagher, Vice Principal and Music Teacher, Mr Howard Gillespie, Choirmaster and Singing Tutor, Mrs Annie Sharkey, Piano Tutor and Choir Assistant, and to all those who had assisted in preparing the evening’s performances. Congratulations were also offered to teachers Mrs Maeve Close and Mrs Geraldine Diamond for their work with the traditional musicians and Irish Dancers, and to all the staff and students who had worked hard to prepare and decorate the College Hall for such a pleasant, uplifting evening of music and dance in celebration of Easter and of Springtime.