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The Senior Choir, which performed at the College’s annual Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
The Senior Choir, which performed at the College’s annual Spring Concert
Singing and Instrumental Soloists at the Spring Concert: Caitlin Martin, Maria McLarnon, Aoife Kelly and Rachel Kelly - View Full Size Image
Singing and Instrumental Soloists at the Spring Concert: Caitlin Martin, Maria McLarnon, Aoife Kelly and Rachel Kelly
The Traditional Group, Tigh Tara, which performed at the annual Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
The Traditional Group, Tigh Tara, which performed at the annual Spring Concert
The Festival Dancers who performed at the annual Loreto College Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
The Festival Dancers who performed at the annual Loreto College Spring Concert
The Orchestra performing during the annual Loreto Spring Concert - View Full Size Image
The Orchestra performing during the annual Loreto Spring Concert
16/03/2016 SPRING CONCERT SHOWCASES MUSICAL TALENT AT LORETO COLLEGE

The annual Spring Concert took place at Loreto College Coleraine on the evening of Tuesday 15th March 2016, 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: Caitlin Martin, Aoife Kelly, and also Emily Cameron and Katy McMullan, who performed a duet.  There was also a superb performance by the Year 13 Vocal Group.  The School Orchestra performed a tuneful and lively medley.  There were some outstanding instrumental solos, by Rachel Kelly (piano), Maria McLarnon (saxophone), and Cariosa O’Harte (harp).

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, Katie Donnelly, Ruairaidh Kelly, Shauna Kelly, Nadine Mcalister,  Oonagh McAlister, Ellie McBroom, Ellen Mulholland, Katie Mulholland, Joseph Mulholland, Sophie Price and Nadia Pritchard were a highlight of the first half of the concert.  After the interval, the audience enjoyed a performance by the acclaimed Glenullin Set Dancers, Aine Apperley, Fearghal Clos, Ronan Close, Emer Kelly, Felix Kilmartin, Chloe Mullan, Tiegan Mullan and Michael Og McKeown.  Towards the end of the night, the Feis Dancers, Aine Apperley, Eunan Boylan, Fearghal Close, Ronan Close, Susan McKendry, Michael Og McKeown, Tara McLarnon and Erin Ni Shandair delighted the audience with their inventive choreography. 

There was also a wonderful performance by the two Loreto Traditional Groups.  Before the interval, the traditional group performed a very lively set.  Later in the evening, the Loreto ensemble Tigh Tara, comprising Donal Close, Fearghal Close, Ronan Close, Eimear Dillon, Eve Gardiner, Cariosa O’Harte, Cianan Mooney and Niamh Mooney, 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.