Students stun judges with composition
Teenagers take second spot at All-Ireland Music contest
There was great excitement when Coláiste Chill Mhantáin were announced as second place winners at the Walton's Music for Schools All Ireland Competition where they performed their composition on the stage of the National Concert Hall.
Their song was entitled 'Love grows with every piece' and addressed this year's theme of 'Music has no borders'. As the students were planning their piece love merged as the dominant topic.
They discussed a range of song possibilities and Macklemore's 'Same Love' struck a chord with them and formed the basis for their performance. Other songs that were selected echoed the message of their chosen track while relating to the theme of love that suited their presentation.
Once the students had the idea they collaborated in small groups to design and construct a wide variety of components to enhance the performance and engage the listener.
The master of ceremonies was Liz Nolan from Lyric FM and described the students from Coláiste Chill Mhaintáin as 'consummate professionals' and noted that their entry was of 'sheer beauty.'
The adjudicators were Deborah Kelleher, Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Riverdance composer Bill Whelan who presented the students with €1,500 worth of vouchers for musical instruments and equipment from Waltons Music.
Principal Mr Donoghue complemented the students and teachers involved in their success and noted that the vouchers will be used to support the further development of music in the school.
In total 12 music groups competed - six primary and six post-primary schools were selected as the finalists in the annual Waltons Music for Schools Competition. Many schools from around the country submitted entry videos of pieces or songs that they specially prepared for the competition.
The finalists were picked based on several criteria including, musicality, originality, inclusiveness and how effectively and creatively they addressed this year's theme.