More national success at International Sligo Choral Festival
Huge congratulations to Our Lady’s choir, who hot on the heels of becoming National Showchoir Champions, are experiencing more National success with a win in the Youth Choir section at the very competitive Sligo International Choral Festival. Success breeds success, they say!!
This annual festival is one of Ireland’s top choral festivals, and sees choirs from all over Ireland and abroad converge on Sligo to compete in competitions in a dizzying array of musical styles. There are all sorts of choirs – male, female, mixed, youth, large and small – singing everything from sacred music to barbershop. Competitions are hotly contested and there is invariably some wonderful singing to be enjoyed.
Our Lady’s choir competed in the Youth section on Friday 16th with a new programme of music from their last competition and they started the day with a vocal workshop with over 500 other competitors under the guidance of Jonathan Davies Wright, a renowned gospel choir director. In the afternoon they performed in the Knocknarea Arena to a panel of 3 judges including Britain’s Got Talent conductor, Veronica Mc Carron. Their performance was outstanding with comments from the judges including: “beautiful voices, expressive and committed”. Special compliments were also awarded to the musicians accompanying the choir, Laura Christie, Roisin O’Sullivan & Vincentas Ajauskas as many choirs hired in professional accompanists. Our Lady’s were awarded 90 marks, the top in the competition section and were presented with a specially commissioned trophy. A huge well done to Music teacher, Ms Cara Murray and her talented charges! Speaking at the school during the week the Principal Mr. Kelly congratulated Ms. Murray and the choir on yet another outstanding achievement. He acknowledged ‘the outstanding commitment and dedication made by Ms. Murray in preparing the students to such a high standard and that the students’ success is a just reward for all their hard work and efforts.’