Choir + UL Orchestra’s Xmas Concert

Bhí oíche den scoth againn ag Ceolárás Ollscoil Luimní ar an Satharn 9ú Nollaig nuair a bhí ár gCór Scoile mar aíonna speisialta ag an gCeolchoirm Nollag a bhí ag Ceolfhoireann Ollscoil Luimní.  Chan an cór réimse álainn amhrán ar an oíche ón gceol clasaiceach go h-amhráin an lae inniu.  An added bonus on the night was the fact that so many of our past and present pupils, current members of the UL Orchestra, accompanied our chorists on stage. Buíochas ollmhór le Ms. Colgan, a rinne éacht chun an cór a chur ar an ardán arís tar éis cúpla seachtain thar a bheith gnóthach de scrúduithe, taithí oibre TY agus an iliomad imeachtaí seach-churaclaim eile.  Ár gceol tú!

The Irish Memory Orchestra

Comhghairdeas ó chroí le Sorcha​ ​Nic​ ​an tSionnaigh​ ​5A1, a fuair áit i mbliana ar Cheolfhoireann Náisiúnta na Cuimhne.  Seo a cuntas féin mar gheall ar an gCeolfhoireann agus an onóir a bhain le bheith páirteach i dtionsnamh dá léithéid:

“The Irish Memory Orchestra is a uniquely Irish Orchestra, founded by composer Dr. Dave Flynn in 2012.  Based in Clare it features musicians,
drawn from all quarters of the world, who are skilled in either classical
music or traditional Irish music.  The focus is on the presentation of Irish
traditional music, old and new, in contemporary orchestral settings.  The 80
piece orchestra is the first and only one in the Western world to play
exclusively from memory.  At the recent World Premiere of Dave Flynn’s brand new Memory Symphony at Dublin’s Christchurch Cathedral only the conductor, Bjorn Bantock, had sheet music in front of him. The rest of the orchestra committed the entire symphony (25 minutes) along with extracts from other works of his to memory.

I know this is absolutely the case as I was privileged to be selected to take
part in the 2017 Irish Memory Orchestra Apprentice Programme. The
month of October was spent at home learning and memorising the various
tunes that form the basis of the symphony.  Once this task was complete it
was off for a “bootcamp” week in Athenry, Co. Galway along with the other apprentices, some of the twenty professional musicians involved (including
Dave Flynn and Mairtin O’ Connor), and the conductor, to work together on
the classical-style arranging of the music and bring it up to performance
standard.  It was an incredible opportunity for us amateur musicians to
experience the level of intense preparation required for a professional
performance.  It was hard work and the days were long but it was absolutely
enjoyable, playing beautiful music in a new and unique environment,
making new musical friends, renewing old friendships (Áine Humphries,
Siansa 2016)”.

Maith tú, a Shorcha!

Cork Pops Abú!

Bhí an-lá inné ag Bl. 1 ag Ceolchoirm bhliantúil an Cork Pops i Halla na Cathrach i gCorcaigh. This year’s theme was “Harp Magic” and the girls were treated to a wonderful orchestral performance with soloist, Jean Kelly, the Cork-born harpist currently based in London, playing both concert and electric harps.  Keith Hanley, former winner of The Voice of Ireland, was another highlight of the concert and he had the girls jamming in the aisles (sna suíocháin ar a laghad!) in jig-time. Buíochas mór le Coiste Ceoil Bhl. 5 a bhí chomh gnóthach sin ag coimeád súil ar Bhl. 1 i rith an lae is nárbh fhéidir leo na súile céanna a choimeád ar oscailt ar an mbealach abhaile! Buíochas freisin gan amhras le Ms. Colgan a d’eagraigh an turas agus leis na múinteoirí eile a thaistil ar an lá.

Silverware in Cork!

Congratulations to our 130+ member choir, which scooped the Special Award yesterday for the performance of a piece in the Irish language at the Cork Choral Festival.  The winning song “Fionnghuala” was a challenging piece of music, but our girls rose to the challenge and the occasion and wowed the audience with a stunning performance.  Well done to Ms. Colgan, whose Easter rehearsals and hard work over the school year paid dividends in silverware at the Competition and gave great joy to all present.  Maith sibh ar fad!

#Goggle Box sa Lime Tree

If you haven’t already done so, grab your tickets for tonight’s finale of “#Goggle Box” presented by “The Creative Show” – a partnership production between the Daughters of Charity, Limerick Youth Theatre, Laurel Hill Coláiste and, for the first time, Ardscoil Rís.  As is its wont, this show will entertain and delight and remind us all of the joy of performance and of realising our full potential.  Míle buíochas to Myles Breen, writer and director, to our own Ms. Colgan – who just keeps on “giving” – and to Donal Sherlock from the Daughters of Charity who has facilitated this wonderful partnership between the girls of Laurel Hill Coláiste and the Daughters of Charity.

 

Ceoláras Náisiúnta ag Glaoch Arís!

Comhghairdeas mór ó chroí lenár ngrúpa traidisiúnta, ‘Imreasc’, atá tar éis dul tríd go Craobhchomórtas Siansa Gael-Linn don dara bliain i ndiaidh a chéile!  Roghnaíodh ocht mbanna traidisiúnta ón tír ar fad agus tá ár gceoltóirí féin ina measc – ábhar mór bróid gan aon agó.  Beidh ócáid fhíorálainn againn ar an 2 Aibreán sa Cheoláras Náisiúnta agus guímid gach rath ar ár gceoltóirí iontacha.  Buíochas ollmhór tuillte ag a meantóir agus múinteoir ceoil, ár n-iarscoláire – Deirdre Ní Mhaoláin.

Ceadal Lóin ag UL

Comhghairdeas le Ms. Colgan agus lenár gceoltóirí ar fad a ghlac páirt sa cheadal lóin álainn a bhí ag an Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Ollscoil Luimní ar an gCéadaoin seo caite.  Bhain gach éinne a bhí i láthair sárt-thaitneamh as an gceolchoirm.  Buíochas freisin le Mr. Trevor Selby a thug tionlacan is tacaíocht dúinn mar is gnáth dó.

LHC+De la Salle, Waterford

Bhí oíche cheoil den scoth againn i Séipéal Naomh Iosaif tráthnóna Dé Sathairn nuair a tháining Cór LHC, Ceolfhoireann LHC agus Cór De La Salle College, Waterford le chéile do cheolchoirm mhór na bliana.  Parents, staff, students and friends of Laurel Hill Coláiste, as well as families and friends from Waterford who travelled up for the occasion, were treated to an evening of musical delights.  The programme was varied and moved from largescale classical choral and instrumental works such as The Hallelujah Chorus to smaller settings of chamber music and solo performances in a variety of styles. The choir was accompanied on both piano and organ by Mr. Trevor Selby. One of the highlights of the evening was the world première performance of the Ballet music from Trevor Selby’s newly-composed opera The secret Garden, by the orchestra. It was an honour and a privilege to have been given the opportunity to perform this beautiful work. Rapturous applause and a standing ovation to Trevor followed. Indeed, there was more than one surprise on the night as Dr. Richard Hayes, of the English Department here at LHC, surprised many of us with his superb solo performance of Winter, Fire and Snow and You Raise Me Up.  Finally, it is fitting that the work and dedication of Br. Ben O’ Hanlon and Ms. Orla Colgan-Ahern, music teachers at De La Salle, Waterford and here at LHC be acknowledged.  Ms. Colgan has given up countless hours of her free time,preparing the girls for Saturday’s performance, and we are indebted to her for her dedication, generosity of spirit and for the tremendous service she gives to music in our school and city.  Gur fada buan í!

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Ceolchoirm Childline 2016

Bhíomar chomh brodúil as na cailíní ar fad a ghlac páirt i gCeolchoirm Childline in Amharclann na Mílaoise in LIT oíche Aoine.  Chan sibh go h-álainn agus chuir sibh go mór leis an ócáid iontach seo a bhí eagraithe ag Music Generation ar mhaithe leis an tSeirbhís fhíor-thábhachtach, Childline.  Go raibh míle le Miss Colgan mar is gnáth as ucht na gcleachtaithe ar fad sa bhreis agus an táithí iontach seo a chur ar fáil do Chór na Scoile.

ABBA at the Abbey

LHC + Glenstal Abbey

Bhí seachtain thar a bheith drámatúil ag roinnt dár gcailíní Idirbhliana an tseachtain seo caite.  Work experience by day; on stage in Glenstal Abbey with “Mamma Mia” by night!  Léiriú thar a bheith taitneamhach a bhí ann. Buíochas ollmhór tuillte ag In. Ní Uaithne anseo i LHC a bhí ar an nguthán de shíor ag eagrú mionbhusanna agus gan amhras le foireann Glenstal Abbey a chuir fáilte fíorchaoin roimh ár gcailíní agus a chuir seó den scoth ar an ardán dúinn.  Go raibh míle le Sarah Molony (Director), Stacey Booth (Choreography) and Grace Fillip (Assistant Director and Stage Design) sa ghrianghraf thíos.  Huge thank you too to Michael Young (Musical Director) and Colm Mealy for graciously sharing all his photos of the performance with us.

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