Students hit right notes at Fingal Choral Festival

Nicola Donnelly

Published 05/11/2013 | 05:32

St. Molagas SNS in Balbriggan won the award for the best song in Irish.
Mary Mother of Hope SNS were the winners of the senior national school competition and also took the award for Best Overall Choir.

NEARLY 600 students from all parts of Fingal sang their hearts out at the first ever Fingal Choral Festival.

NEARLY 600 students from all parts of Fingal sang their hearts out at the first ever Fingal Choral Festival.

The event, which was organised by the Fingal Choral Festival committee under the guidance of Eugene MacCarrick, was such a success that next year's event is already in the planning.

Students from Swords, Skerries, Loughshinny, Balbriggan and Littlepace (near Blanchardstown) gathered in the recently opened RIASC Centre in Swords on Friday, October 25, for the event.

For many of the choirs it was their first time to sing outside of their school and the teachers and conductors were delighted to have a local festival to which they could bring their choirs.

The RIASC centre was an ideal venue to hold the Fingal Choral Festival. Acoustics, seating, lighting, heating were all first class and the staff of RIASC were most friendly and helpful.

The adjudicator, Dr. Orla Flanagan, was very impressed at the high standard of singing.

Dr. Flanagan praised St. Cronan's Senior National School choir for their unanimity of vowels and complimented Balbriggan Educate Together National School for their excellent diction.

The choirs sang a wide range of songs, from world music and sacred music to pop, Irish and classical. Accompaniments varied from keyboard to guitars and bongos to tambourine.

The competition for Junior Primary School (up to second class) was won by Mary Mother of Hope Junior National School, Littlepace, Dublin 15.

The prize for Senior National School (up to fourth class) went to Scoil an Duinnínigh, Draighnean.

Mary Mother of Hope Senior National School won the hotly contested Senior National School (up to sixth class) competition, which was sponsored by Malahide School of Music.

The Post-Primary schools competition was sponsored by Malahide Credit Union and Skerries Community College came away with first prize.

The prize for the best performance in the Irish language or by an Irish composer went to St. Molaga's Senior National School, Balbriggan.

The Best Overall Choir award was sponsored by the Association of Irish Choirs and was won by Mary Mother of Hope Senior National School, Littlepace.

Eugene MacCarrick declared the festival a tremendous success and he would like to encourage schools to consider entering their choirs for the second Fingal Choral Festival on October 19 2014.

Fingal Independent

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