First in Ireland for Our Lady’s at Walton’s Music for Schools Competition
Sheer delight, euphoria, elation are some of the words that come to mind when describing the news that Our Lady’s Secondary School choir had captured 1st prize in the Walton’s Music for Schools competition in Limerick on Tuesday 10th May. This national competition which has run for 5 years requires schools to submit their entry in DVD form and it is from this that a school is chosen to participate. From 1000’s of entries each year, Our Lady’s choir has been selected to participate every year since the inception of the competition. And to secure a 2nd placing and a 3rdplacing for two years and a 1st, in four of the five years tells us something of the standard of Our Lady’s choir.
The choir in Our Lady’s holds a very special place in the hearts of the school community, from the highs of Awards nights to liturgies for families and friends, the OLSS choir always offers something really special. And perhaps what is most special and striking is just how passionate, how involved and how much the choir themselves enjoy their performances. Indeed this is what the adjudicators remarked on, Dr Gwen Moore of Mary Immaculate College andMícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Irish musician, pianist, composer, recording artist and academic, and holder of the Professorship of Music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. “We were brought to tears by their performance and precision”
The 45‐strong OLSS Performing Arts Group performed ‘The Freedom to Follow Our Dreams’, a dynamic and original response to the Competition’s theme
‘Why Music?’ The inclusive group, which includes students from First to Sixth
Year, worked with the school’s dedicated music teacher Cara Murray to create a piece that combined different music genres, including rap, in a compelling
and cohesive performance.
The choir performed to a packed auditorium, enthralling the audience with their presentation of The Swallow by Joan Baez, Lose Yourself by Eminem, One Shot from the musical Hamilton and Beautiful Day by U2. They included a fusion of traditional tunes and tunes composed by their music teacher, and mixed in three different dance styles including Hip Hop, Contemporary and Irish Dancing.
On returning to the school, the choir were afforded a reception in the school gym where the entire school community assembled to welcome and acknowledge the achievements of the 45-strong choir. Having performed in the gym before their peers, the 700+ school community deservedly gave the choir a standing ovation. Tributes were paid to the group on their commitment, dedication and hard work. Dynamic Music teacher, Ms Cara Murray was singled out for special mention with both management and the choir themselves remarking on her special skills as a leader and her remarkable ability to get the best out of everybody. Speaking to the Principal of Our Lady’s Mr. Kelly in the aftermath of the success and celebrations he acknowledged the ‘ outstanding commitment and dedication made by Ms Murray and the choir and that their success in Limerick was a just reward for all their hard work and efforts and that this particular success ranks as one of the greatest achievements in the proud history of Our Lady’s. He added that ‘the students in the choir were excellent role models for the younger students in the school and that as a school community we are not only justifiably proud of their success but that we could learn a lot from their honesty of effort and humility’.
Having won 1st prize in the Navan Choral Festival on the previous Friday, this remarkably talented group of young people do not rest on their laurels, they now look forward and are busy preparing for the Eisteddfod festival in Wales during the summer.
Sweet sweet music!
Spraoi to represent Ireland
Pictured is the traditional group, ‘Spraoi’ in Our Lady’s, with their music teacher Ms Cara Murray who have been chosen to represent Ireland in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod next
Huge congratulations and celebrations were the order of the day in Our
So it was with great delight that the news was received that Spraoi will be
Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged the International Eisteddfod, one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals. Each year around 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors from every country in the world converge on the beautiful small Welsh town and its International
Excellent performance by our school choir at the Walton’s Music for School’s Comp in National Concert Hall on May 11th
On Monday 11th May , Our Lady’s Choir came third in the prestigious All Ireland Waltons’ Music for Schools Competition , ( a national competition and celebration of Music in Irish schools .) The choir was one of six finalists making it the fourth consecutive time for Music teacher and conductor Cara Murray and her students to reach the finals and once again bring home a prize.
Pierce Callaghan and Miss Murray are presented with third prize by David Brophy, Ellen Cranitch and Aideen Walton.
This fantastic group from Our Lady’s won the international Eisteddfod competition in Llangollen July 2012.
All Shook Up
Congratulations to the cast of fourth and fifth year students who gave such fantastic entertainment over 4 nights Oct 12th- 15th. Directed by Rozlyn Sheridan, choreographed by Teresa McBride with Cara Murray as Musical Director and Gabrielle Tuomey as Producer “All Shook Up ” was a truly marvellous show with the capacity audience enjoying the song, dance and drama each night. The many talents of the students was as obvious off the stage as on it with the Construction and Art students taking care of the sets, while the costumes, lighting , photography and video were all taken care of by 4th and 5th year students. The in-house orchestra performed brilliantly and their wonderful musical talents were used to their full potential. A fantastic show enjoyed by all who took part and by all those who came along to see the performance.