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!
We are heading into a very busy period of the school year! Next week marks the beginning of our pre-Easter examination session. Exams with the Royal Irish Academy of Music will run from Monday 12th March to Friday 16th March, while exams with the Leinster School of Music will be happening on Friday 23rd March.
Coming soon after that will be two highlights of the music calendar: our annual musical evenings. The Primary School & External Musical Evening will take place on Tuesday 17th April at the Scoil Angela Primary School and the Secondary School Musical Evening will be the following Wednesday 25th April at the Ursuline Secondary School. We encourage your attendance on both of these special nights!
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!
THE CANTICLE OF CREATION composed by VINCENT KENNEDY and performed by MARINA CASSIDY ( SOPRANO / HARPIST) and VINCENT KENNEDY ( TRUMPET)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!