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Summer Greetings

Greetings to all of you from St Angela’s Academy of Music. Hope you are enjoying the summer holidays. We have been very fortunate with the weather.

Congratulations to all the students who did exams last term. The results overall were very good with Distinctions, Honours and some Merits. Congratulations also to our teachers who through their guidance and commitment with your co-operation, enabled you to do well.

Clare Clear and Paddy Butler have been on the Staff for several years and have just retired. We wish them both health and happiness for many years to come. We acknowledge and commend their commitment, loyalty, positivity and the sterling work they did over the years with their students.

There is just over four weeks to the start of the academic year and perhaps those of you who are preparing for exams in November could take advantage of this precious time and do some daily practice which would take the pressure off you later.

Looking forward to seeing you all on your return at the end of August.

 

 

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March Update.

 

Prior to St Patrick’s week-end there were six days, of music exams ranging from Elementary/Introductory to Senior Certificate in a wide variety of instruments with three examiners.  Last year we made history in our Music School when students commenced Drum Lessons for the first time and at the end of the year successfully took exams. This term one of the students also made history when he did a Guitar Exam. We now await results and we wish them well.

Congratulations to the teacher and students who recently took part in the Kilkenny Music Festival.

Junior Piano Recital:      Patricia Norton  2nd place

Emma McCabe  Highly Commended

Senior Piano Recital:     Cora Norton       2nd place

This is a great achievement for St Angela’s Academy and the competitors.  We hope more students will join them next year.

Upcoming events in St Angela’s Academy:  Scoil Angela and Extern Students Musical Evening Tuesday April 9.

Secondary School Musical Evening Wednesday May 8.

There will be two weeks of exams in the Summer Centre which will take place in early May so students are busy preparing and with careful consistent practice should do themselves justice.

 

Christmas is fast approaching and the Academy has had a busy term with exams just over and the results received. Thankfully they were very good. Congratulations to all who took exams and to your teachers who enabled you do well. The examiner was very complimentary of the standard and we are grateful for same.

Erika Carroll was one of our High Achievers from last year and she got to perform in the Royal Irish Academy of Music Munster Concert in UL.  Only eleven were chosen to take part in this Concert and Erika sang Roxie from Chicago and did it right well!

This is a busy week with the Mass of the Gifts in School, the Carol Service and all the usual end of year festivities. All these celebrations help to fuel the Christmas Spirit.

Now that you have two weeks holidays I hope you will take full advantage of this precious time to catch up on music practice. It will pay dividends and it will take the pressure off you next term.

I should like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas filled with peace joy and a healthy New Year.

Back to Music Classes!

St Angela’s Academy has just completed the first month of term and both staff and students have commenced music lessons as if there was no long break! There has been a good intake of new students ranging from Pre-instrumental (Cara Awards) to Senior Certificate and hopefully being a student of St Angela’s Academy of Music will be an enjoyable and good experience for all concerned. Many are preparing for music exams (both practical and theory) in November and time is passing all too quickly hence extra practice is necessary to reach the expected standard. We send all best wishes to our past music students and hope they are adjusting well to life after secondary school.

The end of another school year

It’s hard to believe that the school year is almost at an end and we are winding down with the last exams and final lessons. 2017/2018 has been very successful with two wonderful musical evenings, several in-house concerts throughout the year, and of course a number of examination sessions. We congratulate each and every student who got involved in music this year – well done on all your achievements, whether it was passing a Grade 8 exam or accomplishing a scale for the first time!

We wish all the very best to our departing Sixth Year students – we hope music will continue to be a part of your lives wherever you go next.

Parents should please note that if you wish your child to take lessons at St Angela’s Academy of Music next year then the application form needs to be submitted immediately to guarantee a place. Forms may be collected from the school office or downloaded at this link.

Congratulations again to our students on their hard work this year. We hope all students, parents and staff have a lovely summer break. We look forward to seeing you again in September!

Post-Easter examination session

Our students are fast approaching the final hurdle in this year’s music calendar. The post-Easter exams begin next Tuesday 8th May and will run for two weeks, with examiners visiting from both the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Leinster School of Music.

We encourage all exam candidates to make a final effort now to do their very best in these exams. The long bank holiday weekend presents an excellent opportunity to put in extra practice. Support from parents at home will be very helpful in this regard.

We wish the best of luck to all our students in the coming examinations!

Wonderful performances at the Secondary School Musical Evening!

Yesterday evening, Wednesday 25th April, the Secondary School Musical Evening took place and what a night it was! Students must go through an audition process to participate in this event which means that the audience was treated to an extremely high standard of performance throughout the night.

There was a wide range of soloists/duos in instruments such as piano, violin, cello, flute and harp, as well as many singers in both the musical theatre and classical genres. In terms of group performances, there were three choirs (First Year, Cecilian, Chamber), two traditional groups (Intermediate and Senior), and two orchestras (Intermediate and Senior).

Special congratulations go to the students who went on stage up to three or four times throughout the evening, and also to the many Sixth Year students who still find time to dedicate themselves to their music even during such a hectic school year.

Huge thanks to all the teachers who prepared their students. And thank you to everyone who attended – we hope you enjoyed this fantastic evening of entertainment!

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A successful night at the Primary School & External Musical Evening!

This evening, Tuesday 17th April, we had our annual Primary School & External Musical Evening, a highlight of St Angela’s music calendar. This lovely event is an opportunity for all our students of primary school age and students from external schools to perform a piece they have learned this year (the Ursuline Secondary School have their own separate musical evening next Wednesday 25th April – don’t miss it!).

This evening we were treated to an array of performances on piano, violin, flute, clarinet and harp. The Junior Choir and the Junior Traditional Group also participated. Congratulations to every student who got up to play – it’s no easy feat to perform in front of a big audience! Thanks also to all the parents and teachers for your support!

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Theory examinations and Easter holidays

A number of our students will be taking their music theory examination today.  The theory classes that we run at St Angela’s are in conjunction with the ABRSM (Associated Board) and cover topics such as rhythm, pitch, scale writing, comprehension and composition. This examination had to be rescheduled due to the recent snow. We wish the participating students the very best of luck!

Please note that St Angela’s closes tomorrow, Friday 23rd March, for the Easter holidays and will reopen on Monday 9th April. All students, particularly those sitting exams in the post-Easter examination session, must make good use of the coming two weeks for practice.

Finally, a quick reminder about our upcoming musical evenings:

Tuesday 17th April, 7pm – Primary & External Musical Evening, Scoil Angela
Wednesday 25th April, 7:30pm – Secondary School Musical Evening, Ursuline Gym Hall

We encourage all to attend!