Celebration of Music and Dance Concert, Showjumping
16th November 2015
The First Year Ard Scoil na nDéise students performing at the Celebration of Music and Dance Concert.
Celebration of Music and Dance Concert
On Thursday, November 12th, we hosted a concert of amazing talent in the Junior Hall. Organised by our very busy Music teacher Ms Lucey, over 160 Ard Scoil na nDéise students provided a wonderful night of entertainment for the audience.
The Senior choir opened both parts of the concert with a beautiful selection of songs, including “Memory” from the musical “Cats”and the Coldplay song “Yellow” which was arranged for the choir by our accompanist on the night Brian Hughes. The first half of the concert was concluded by the 80 strong First Year choir who performed an Abba medley, complete with actions!
Our solo pianists were Muireann Walsh, Amy Reynolds, Caitríona O’Brien (who accompanies the Senior choir at school Masses and at other school events), Clarisse Nadaud, Rosa Paptistella and Lucy Kirwan. Caoimhe Kiely (2nd year) sang “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid”, while “Les Misérables” was represented by Caoimhe O’Dwyer (1st year) who sang “I dreamed a dream” and Jill Montgomery who sang “On my own”. In addition to individual and duet performances the Music classes in each of Second, Third, Fifth and Sixth Year all played and sang as class groups, with a varied programme of songs.
Orla Healy sings her own composition “The Comeraghs” at the Ard Scoil na nDéise Celebration of Music and Dance Concert.
Bernice Basnayake performed a guitar solo “A river flows in you”, and Sinéad O’Donnell provided guitar accompaniment for singers Dawn Drummey and Ellie Janes who sang the Ed Sheeran song “All of the Stars”. In addition to being musical Ellie is also a gifted artist, and she designed our posters, tickets and programme for the concert. Eileen Fitzgerald, guitarist, (who is also one of our Transition Year reporters!), sang the Nancy Griffiths song “Trouble in the Fields”, while Orla Healy sang a beautiful song entitled “The Comeraghs” which she composed herself. Brona Coleman and Sinéad O’Donnell, who are regularly seen with guitar in hand, sang the Ella Henderson song “Yours”, and Lauren Cunnage gave a lovely rendition of “Suddenly” by Billy Ocean. Sisters Jill and Grace Montgomery were joined by Jeanne Harrington for Glen Hansard’s “Falling Slowly”.
The Senior Choir of Ard Scoil na nDéise performing at the Celebration of Music and Dance Concert.
In the Junior Traditional group of seven musicians six different instruments were played, and the Senior Traditional group was busy on the night, playing their own pieces and accompanying both dancers and singers! The fantastic Irish set dancers were christened “Miss Flavin’s Dancers”, and it was wonderful to see students and their Maths teacher dancing together! Gráinne McGrath, Sinéad Foley and Sadhbh O’Donovan, dressed in their beautiful Irish dancing costumes, entertained us with jigs and hornpipes.
A number of unidentifiable teachers in colourful costumes made a short but dramatic entry before the end of the concert, much to the delight of the audience and the student performers who were able to watch the fun on the monitors in the nearby rooms! The fantastic final number “Shut up and dance with me” included choirs, musicians and dancers!
The finale of the Ard Scoil na nDéise Celebration of Music and Dance Concert.
Ms Lucey, Music teacher, paid tribute our very talented students who were a joy to work with, since they were so enthusiastic about the concert and worked so hard to prepare for it. She was delighted to have Brian Hughes to work with her in the preparations and on the night. Mrs Hughes thanked all the Ard Scoil na nDéise staff who helped in so many ways before the concert and on the night, particularly Mr Tommy Collins who is such an accomplished and entertaining M.C.
The concert was recorded live, and she reminded the audience and students that the D.V.D. will be available to purchase. She acknowledged and thanked all the Music and Dance teachers in the area who have taught Ard Scoil na nDéise students over the years, and she congratulated Ms Lucey both on the wonderful work she does throughout the year in the Music department and on the brilliant concert she organised and prepared on this occasion.
Congratulations to Tara Fitzgerald in Fifth Year who was recently placed in the top 15 out of 200 competitors in the Cavan International Horse Show. Tara, riding Tonagh Fire Fox, jumped an amazing 1.10 meters. Well done, Tara!
Tara Fitzgerald on Tonagh Fire Fox jumps 1 metre 10 at the Cavan International Horse Show.