Success For The Girls In Green At The International Choral Festival.
St Cecilia’s College 2016 Winners of the Post-Primary 2 part competition at the City of Derry International Choral Festival.
St Cecilia’s College has a long and successful choral tradition. Choristers enjoy facing the challenges set for them and there was a wonderful sense of achievement and team spirit when they were awarded first place at the City of Derry International Choral Festival in the Unison/2-part Post-Primary competition. The choir members most certainly lived up to the school’s motto of Aspire, Endeavour and Achieve when they were awarded an outstanding mark of 92.4 in this prestigious international competition. The choir were prepared to such a high standard by Mrs Claire McGirr (Choir Director) and Mr Christopher Kerrigan (conductor).
The choir frequently performs at a large variety of events, both in and out of school. Performance material is tailored to match the theme of individual events so they have a wide-ranging repertoire, consisting of both sacred and secular music. Recent performances have included being invited to sing as part of the Walled City Tattoo, participation in the Changing Key event, singing for the Lord Mayor of London, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, the Education Minister and performing at the Woman Beyond Conflict event. The junior choir are excited to have been invited to be the Children’s Chorus in the professional production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in May 2017.
The choir also use their talent to support local charities. They will next perform as part of the NSPCC Variety Concert in the Millennium Forum on Tuesday 8th November. They will also sing carols at Foyleside Shopping Centre in December 2016 to support the charity, Save the Children. Rachel McGowan and Emma Hutton are two year 13 choristers who volunteered to participate in recording the Foyle Hospice Christmas song which will be launched this Christmas.
The highlight of 2016 for the Music department was the very successful production of the school musical, Beauty and the Beast. Members of the choir have also performed with The Priests, the University of Ulster choir and the world renowned orchestra, Camerata Ireland, in the world premiere of Further Shore, a piece composed by Neil Martin specifically for St. Cecilia’s College Choir.
This choir regularly competes locally and further afield and have enjoyed great success over the years. Some of these successes include being crowned UTV Choir of the Year on numerous occasions, winners in Navan Choral Festival and also prize-winners in the International Choral Festival in Llandudno in Wales.