Category Archives: Events

Free Concert in the Franciscan Friary, Clonmel

We would like to draw your attention to a concert taking place at 7pm this Thursday 14th December in the Franciscan Friary in Clonmel. One of our own music teachers, Marina Buckley, will be participating in the concert. Below is a message from the Franciscan Province of Ireland regarding the event. We encourage you to attend if you can – it guarantees to be a memorable night of music!


From September to December the Franciscan Province of Ireland will run a series of free concerts at our Friaries around the country as a thank you to all the people who have supported the work and ministry of the Franciscans both locally and at national level.  We are inviting Franciscan-hearted people to join us in creating a hope-filled world where “we bring joy where there is sadness, hope where there is despair, faith where there is doubt”.

The concerts will highlight the need to care and nurture all of creation.

We have commissioned a new composition of the Canticle of Creation written by St. Francis of Assisi.  The Canticle is a hymn of praise that inspired Pope Francis in his second encyclical ‘Laudato si’ which he wrote on June 18, 2015.

The composer is Vincent Kennedy from Dublin and the work will be performed by  Marina Cassidy ( Soprano and Harpist)  from Killarney and by Vincent Kennedy playing Trumpet.


Canticle of Creation Concert in Clonmel


Cecilian Choir to perform at National Famine Commemoration

This Saturday, 30th September, the 2017 National Famine Commemoration will be taking place at the Famine Warhouse 1848 in Ballingarry, Co Tipperary. The event will include a wreath-laying ceremony, an address by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and a variety of musical performances. The Ursuline Secondary School’s Cecilian Choir will be participating on the day and we congratulate them on this great honour.

More information about the event can be found in this article on the Tipperary Star website.

Violin Workshop with past pupil Máiréad Nesbitt

We would just like to draw your attention to an exciting event happening on Saturday 9th September at Bookworm Bookshop on Parnell Street, just off the top of Liberty Square in Thurles. Máiréad Nesbitt, fiddler with the group Celtic Woman, will be there from 3pm to 5pm that day, hosting a violin workshop in which she will launch and demonstrate her new range of violins. Máiréad is a past pupil of St Angela’s Academy and her ties to our school are still strong with her mother, Kathleen Nesbitt, running our traditional music department.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from a world-renowned musician and should not be missed! All violinists from beginners to advanced players are very welcome.

Be sure to check Bookworm’s Facebook page for any further updates!

Máiréad Nesbitt's Violin Workshop

Primary School & External Musical Evening 2017

Yesterday, Wednesday 29th March, was a special night in the school calendar as the Primary School & External Musical Evening took place in the Scoil Angela Primary School. Almost sixty students took part in this lovely evening of entertainment, ranging from those who only began learning last September to those who are climbing to the highest levels in their chosen instruments. There were a variety of performances on piano, harp, violin, cello, clarinet, trumpet, tin whistle and concertina. Massive congratulations to everyone who participated!

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Secondary School Musical Evening 2017

The Secondary School Musical Evening took place last Tuesday 21st March in the gym hall of the Ursuline Secondary School. It was a fantastic night’s entertainment, with performances from the Intermediate Orchestra, Senior Orchestra, First Year Choir, Second Year Choir, Cecilian Choir, Chamber Choir, Intermediate Traditional Group, Senior Traditional Group, and numerous soloists on a wide range of instruments, including piano, harp, violin, cello, flute, oboe and voice.

This annual musical evening is an opportunity for the students to demonstrate how much they have achieved in the past school year, and their hard work was evident in the extremely high standard of performance last Tuesday night. An event like this cannot be successful without the support of the music teachers, in particular Mary-Rose McNally (who accompanied many of the soloists and conducted the orchestras), Joan Butler (who led all the choirs), and Kathleen Nesbitt (who played with the traditional groups). Sincere thanks also to the principal of the Ursuline, Mary Butler, who introduced each of the acts throughout the concert.

Huge congratulations to everyone involved!

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Secondary School Musical Evening 2017 (2)

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Dates for the diary

With a busy calendar of events coming up, please take note of the following important dates:

Tuesday 21st March: Secondary School Musical Evening, taking place in the Ursuline Secondary School gym hall

Wednesday 29th March: Primary School Music Evening, taking place in the Scoil Angela Primary School hall

Week beginning Monday 6th March: Pre-Easter examinations with the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Friday 31st March: Pre-Easter examinations with the Leinster School of Music

Finally, St Angela’s closes today for the midterm break and will reopen on Monday 27th February. We hope the break will be both enjoyable and productive!

RIAM High Achievers Concert 2016

The Royal Irish Academy of Music is hosting a series of concerts this November to showcase performances from the students who received High Achievers Awards in the academic year 2015-2016.

St Angela’s Academy of Music will be represented at the Munster Concert and Awards Ceremony, which is taking place at 3pm this Sunday 13th November in the Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick. Naomi Ryan will perform in the category of Musical Theatre, while the Ursuline Secondary School’s Chamber Choir will also present two songs. We wish them luck in their performances and congratulate them again on their outstanding achievements!

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

On Wednesday 20th April, St Angela’s hosted a musical evening for all primary school and external students who take music lessons with the Academy. It took place in the assembly hall of the Scoil Angela Primary School and was very well attended.

More than sixty students were involved in the concert, performing solos in piano, violin, cello, flute, clarinet and voice. There were also performances by the pre-instrumental group classes, Cara Awards Levels 1 and 2, and by the Junior Traditional Group. Congratulations to all the students who took part!

Primary School & External Musical Evening 2016

Primary School & External Musical Evening 2016

A great night of entertainment at the Secondary School Musical Evening

On Thursday 7th April, the Ursuline Secondary School held its annual musical evening, at which the secondary school students had the opportunity to show just how much they have achieved this year. The standard was extremely high and the audience was treated to a broad range of musical genres, including classical, traditional, musical theatre and music from the movies. There were solo performances in piano, voice, violin, cello, saxophone and harp, as well as a vocal duo and a piano-and-strings septet. On top of that, two orchestras, two traditional groups and four different choirs took to the stage.

Below are pictures of the acts who performed on the night. Huge congratulations to all involved!

Secondary School Musical Evening 2016 (1)

Secondary School Musical Evening 2016 (2)

Dates for your diary – two musical evenings coming up!

First of all, a warm welcome back to students and staff after the Easter break. We hope everyone is well rested and prepared for the hectic final term of the school year!

Please note two very important dates on the music school calendar. The Ursuline Secondary School musical evening is taking place this Thursday 7th April at 7:30pm in the Ursuline’s sports complex. All are welcome – entry is €5 per person or €10 per family. On the night, the audience will be treated to a wide variety of acts, including performances from the Chamber Choir, Cecilian Choir, Intermediate and Senior Orchestras, and Intermediate and Senior Traditional Groups, as well as soloists in a range of instruments, from piano and voice to violin, flute, harp and more. This is a night of guaranteed entertainment and not to be missed!

St Angela’s will also be hosting a musical evening for primary school and external students on Wednesday 20th April. It starts at 7pm and will take place in the assembly hall of the Scoil Angela Primary School. For many of our younger learners, this is their first time to perform in front of an audience. In addition to the soloists, there will be group performances by the students from the Cara Awards and the Junior Traditional Group.

These concerts are a culmination of the students’ hard work throughout the year. We do hope to see you there!