Tuesday 21 November 2017

Audience enthralled as students show talent

A DONABATE music school which for a decade now has been unearthing talented performers in the local area rounded off 2013 with a fantastic evening of entertainment.

All roads led to the Waterside Hotel for the musical extravaganza organised by Ceol Draiochta Music School in Donabate.

Youngsters from the age of five and over recieve tuition in piano, vocal training, music theory and music grind classes in the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams.

It is run by music teacher Kim Fallen Bailey, who is assisted by teachers Yvonne Gonzalez and Bronagh Moore

The show is run every year in the Waterside Hotel in Donabate and is the chance for the students to perform and have some fun, said Kim,.

This year's concert was sponsored by Adrian Thornton of Thornton's Pianos who sponsored a brand new piano for the students to perform on and also donated a beautiful piano stool for the raffle at the end of the night. Jesse Bakes Cakes, a cake business run by Jessie Diem O'Connell, also donated a beautiful chocolate biscuit cake shaped perfectly into a Grand Piano.

She also donated 24 beautifully iced and musically decorated cupcakes as prizes in the raffle.

Over 100 people attended the concert and 44 students performed on the night.

Among the singers was Laura Shields who performed her own version of 'A-Team', while Sarah Oliver performed 'Clown'.

Farren Milne performed 'Somewhere only we know' and Eimear and Joanna Noonan performed a beautiful duet of 'I won't give up'.

Many of the students accompanied themselves on the piano while singing, which was a wonderful addition to the performance.

The show also had the first ever collaborative group performances. Harry Fennell, Eden and Farren Milne performed a fantastic version of Birdy's 'Wings' on the guitar, piano and voice.

There was also a violin and Piano duet performed by Laura Shields and Jennifer Boyle.

There was a short presentation of the 2013 High Achiever Awards at the end of the evening which ae handed out to students who achieved a massive 100 per cent in their Royal Irish Academy of Music exams – a very difficult task!

Eight students received this award this year for Music Theory ranging up as high as grade 4. These were Sorcha Healy, Dylan Martin, David Power, Sarah Oliver, Justin Cremin, Eden Milne, Sarah Kearny and Sean Turner.

It was a truly magical evening enjoyed by everyone.

The students are now hard at work preparing for the summer session of Piano and Theory exams with the R.I.A.M. and the Junior and Leaving Certificate Music Practical's in April.

If you would to contact the school, email Kim at

Fingal Independent

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