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Music performance is an integral part of life in the College, be it for examination purposes or concerts or soirees. We have a dedicated peripatetic music staff and in 2017-18 these are: A. Grundy, MA (Mus.), Hon.VCM, FTCL, LRSM, ALCM (Guitar), K. Snowe, BA, ALCM (Piano), T. Lawlor, ALCM (Guitar), A. Murnaghan (Cello, Theory), E. Shannon, MA (Mus.) (Singing), A. Brady, B.Mus. (Singing, Piano), M. Buicke, BA (Mus.) (Singing). D. Hatch (B.Mus.) (Clarinet, Saxophone), R. Scarlett (percussion), M. O’Reilly (flute), R. Sheldrick (brass), B. Robinson (violin).
Our music building, the Cadogan, has was converted from a boarding House in 2006 and fully refurbished, with wonderful teaching and performing facilities, right beside the main performance space, the Big Schoolroom.
There is a very strong tradition of vocal music here. Each morning the entire college meets in Chapel to sing a psalm, to a setting of anglican chant, and a hymn. There are a number of choirs which are also very active in the college.
The Chapel Choir sings at weekly matins and evensong services and has a large repertoire of sacred music. The annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in December is a highlight of the year for the Chapel Choir and Cantus Sine Nomine.
The senior chamber choir, Cantus Sine Nomine, also sings in chapel services as well as concerts at Christmas, Easter and in the summer term. It has an extensive repertoire of diverse genre and composers which includes William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Palestrina, Eric Whitacre, Christopher Tin, Wurorela, Chydenius Pentatonix and Fleet Foxes, to name but a few.
The Junior Choir is open to pupils in forms Primary to Three and works on a light repertoire of popular, jazz and classical pieces.
The Festival Choir is a mixed choir of staff and pupils which sings at large concerts and college events, such as the Gala concert. It’s repertoire consists of large scale works and recent past performances have included Vivaldi’s Gloria, Jenkins’ Armed Man and choruses from Tannhaüser.
The Competition Choir has represented the college numerous times in national singing competitions, including RTÉ’s All Island Singing Competition. We have, on several occasions, reached the provincial final of this competitive event.
The college also has an informal Barbershop Quartet, lead by Mr. Barry Finn. This group consists of both staff and pupils and sings at many college functions and concerts. Mr. Finn has an impressive talent for arranging score for this very popular genre.