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Dancers who performed to highly original choreography combining Irish Dancing and Thriller at the Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
Dancers who performed to highly original choreography combining Irish Dancing and Thriller at the Spring Concert
The Junior Choir performing at the Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
The Junior Choir performing at the Spring Concert
The String Orchestra, performing at the Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
The String Orchestra, performing at the Spring Concert
The Senior Choir performing at the Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
The Senior Choir performing at the Spring Concert
The Siansa Group, Tieg Tara, performing at the Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
The Siansa Group, Tieg Tara, performing at the Spring Concert
26/03/2015 SPRING CONCERT SHOWCASES MUSICAL TALENT AT LORETO COLLEGE

The annual Spring Concert took place at Loreto College Coleraine on the evening of Thursday 26th March 2015, showcasing the considerable musical talent among the College’s students. Loreto College has a long-held tradition of excellence in Music, as a strong and vibrant aspect 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.  Both Choirs were accompanied by Rachel Kelly. Also on display were some of the vocal talents of a number of outstanding soloists: Anna Brolly, Hannah McMullan, Aine Quigley, Sarah-Jayne McGill, Rebecca Kealey, Caitlin Martin and Connor Dudley-Fergus.

The School Orchestra performed a tuneful and lively medley.  There were some outstanding instrumental solos, by Rachel Kelly (piano), Maria McLarnon (saxophone), Cariosa O’Harte (harp), as well as a violin duet by Eimear Dillon and Maria McLaughlin, accompanied on piano by Maria McLarnon.  Maria and Eimear are about to complete their A Level studies at Loreto, having given seven years’ dedicated service to the school orchestra.

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.  The Festival Dancers, Shantel Dillon, Ruairaidh Kelly, Shauna Kelly, Oonagh McAlister, Ellie McBroom and Ellen Mulholland brought the first half of the Concert to a rousing conclusion.  After the interval, Aine Apperley, Donal Close, Fearghal Close, Ronan Close, Emer Kelly, Chloe Mullan, Tiegan Mullan and Michael Og McKeown performed a Moycullen Set and a Brush Dance.  This ensemble, representing Glenullin, performed earlier in the year to great acclaim at the All Ireland Scór Finals.  At the end of the evening, the Feis Dancers, Aine Apperly, Donal Close, Fearghal Close, Emer Kelly, Susan McKendry, Tara McLarnon, Erin Rose Ni Shandair and Michael Og McKeown performed a lively and inventive set of choreography, which, to the amazement of the audience, included ‘Footloose’, ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Thriller’.

There was also a wonderful performance by the two Loreto Traditional Groups.  Before the interval, the traditional group comprising Dervla Bradley, Naomh McAlister, Cariosa O’Harte, Eve Gardiner, Niamh Mooney, Conor Pauling, Donal Close, Catherine Daly, Eimear Dillon, Maeve McMorrough, Roisin McMorrough, Saoirse McPeake, Naomi O’Hale, Cianan Mooney, Dearbhla Ni Choisneachain, Fearghal Close, Catherine Dougan, Aoife Kelly, Emer Kelly and Carmen Owens performed a very lively set.  Later in the evening, the Loreto ensemble Tieg Tara, which recently competed to a high standard in the All Ireland Gael Linn Siansa competition, performed its competition set to a great reception.

Congratulating Head of Music Miss Roisin Stewart, Music Teacher Mr Stephen Gallagher, Choirmaster Mr Howard Gillespie, piano tutor Mrs Annie Sharkey , Traditional Music and Irish Dance co-ordinator Mrs Maeve Close, and all 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.