Christmas Orchestra Concert

The school orchestra had their annual musical evening on Friday, 16th December in the school hall. It was a great success and enormous credit is due to many people for their help and involvement, which resulted in a very enjoyable event. The girls were a credit to themselves and their sense of enjoyment and fun prevailed throughout the evening. The event was the culmination of the term’s work in terms of rehearsals and the girls threw themselves wholeheartedly into making it a success. Special mention must go to Ailbhe Gaffney (one of our two orchestra prefects) for making it to the concert despite being ill all week and arriving into school still very much under the weather. Ailbhe then spent the afternoon rehearsing with both the orchestra and with the senior string trio along with Alannah Cooley and Aisling Dillon. (orchestra prefect). This commitment is typical of Ailbhe and the rest of the girls. Sarah Mc Guinness was also feeling far from well on Friday and despite going home ill, returned and rehearsed ahead of the evening’s performance.

It was lovely to see previous orchestra members return to listen to us and catch up. The girls came straight from either block classes, in the case of the 3rd and 6th Year students or from exams in the case of 1st, 2nd and 5th Year students and went straight into rehearsing at 1pm on Friday.

Mr Hurley was on hand as usual to sort out the sound and lighting ahead of the evening’s performance and a big ‘thank you’ goes to him. Mr Curry hung the curtain and sorted out the fairy lights. Mr Moriarty very patiently waited until all of the girls arrived and got into position before taking some photos. Maureen Noonan was patient as ever with us and made sure we had copies of music in an instant. The girls were delighted to have Ms Kealy help us put together the final touches before 6.30pm and we opened with the orchestra playing a series of film and musical related themes including Pirates of the Caribbean, Wicked, Les Misérables, The Mission and many more. This was followed by solos from orchestra members and pianists who are involved in accompanying the orchestra at various school events.

During this time, the kitchen was a hive of activity in preparing finger food, mince pies and our traditional alcohol-free mulled punch. The following 6th Year prefects (to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude in giving up valuable time on a Friday evening) did trojan work in getting the food heated and distributed so efficiently and in particular for the great job they did in the clean-up of both the kitchen and hall at the end of the evening - Aimée Mc Grath, Ellen Corr, Áine Ellis, Ciara Tierney and Eimear Hoban.

Sincere thanks also goes to Maria Smith for so ably looking after Powerpoints and video clips and also, sincere to Jessica Linnane who looked after sound and lighting. Of course none of the above would be possible without the ongoing support from Dr Laffoy and in particular we thank her for providing the goodies for the evening-much appreciated!

There was great camaraderie shown and an obvious sense of enjoyment. I hope you have a very musical, happy and peaceful Christmas. (Ms. Doyle)