Ardscoil at 37th Inter-Schools Music Festival
With First Class Honours to Aine Heffernan (3rd Year)

The Edmund Rice Choir performing at Music Festival

Ardscoil na Trionoide was well represented for the first time at the Inter-Schools Music Festival recently. The festival, in its thirty-seventh year and hosted by Wesley College, Dublin was the venue for schools from all over Ireland to gather and make music for the weekend of March 7th and 8th. Popular singing to classical singing, orchestral to choral and rock to traditional were all included in a very full and entertaining weekend programme.

Choral Category:
The McAuley Choir (comprised of students from 1A, 1B and 1C) singing John Rutter’s beautiful anthem, “For the Beauty of the Earth”.
The Edmund Rice Choir (comprised of students from 1D, 1E and 1F) and also performing the same piece as the McAuley Choir.
Both choirs were commended for a positive performance and well-rehearsed stage presentation as well as receiving some very helpful suggestions from the adjudicator, Mr. Michael Ball. The adjudicator’s comments were well supported with some very generous and well deserved marks.

Soloists & Instrumentalists who represented Ardscoil at Wesley College

Popular Singing
In the popular category, our representation was drawn from first, second, third and transition year students. Performing duets, Roisin Cooney, with Joy Odewole and Carol Anne Beattie with Chloe Chadwick provided an enjoyable rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love”. The song was also popular among soloists and was well performed by Amy O’Sullivan and Darragh Keane from second year. Oisin Fitzgerald provided his audience with a powerful version of Area 11’s “Heaven Piercing Giga Drill” while Berna Thornberry gave an exquisite performance of “Young & Beautiful”, made famous through the recent screening of “The Great Gatsby”.

Traditional Singing
Aine Heffernan in Third Year entered the Popular Singing category with an excellent performance of “How Long Will I Love You”, popularised by Ellie Goulding. However, for Aine, it was her confident delivery of “Mo Guile Mear” in the Unaccompanied Irish Category that yielded victory! Receiving First Class honours in a highly competitive category wasn’t easy, but Aine’s determination and confidence placed her very highly in the running for this category. Congratulations and best wishes for continued success.

Instrumentalists
Oisin Fitzgerald and Cillian Barry performed an emotive version of “Smells Like Teenage Spirit” to an enthusiastic audience who had gathered for the Rock Band competition. The Myles Hall at Wesley had been transformed into a first class rock music venue that pumped out the music for most of Saturday morning and mid afternoon. Across in the Music Block, Frank O’Donnell-Doyle performed a solo piano piece, “Variations in G” by Kuhlau. Like other categories, the standard was extremely high and Frank’s performance was of a very high standard with results that bore witness to his efforts.

The weekend ended very successfully, with our competitors very pleased with their results and enthusiastic about the prospects of coming back next year to improve and even come home with some medals and trophies. Well done to everyone!