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.

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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!

Upcoming exams and musical evenings

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!

Update on school closure

Please note that St Angela’s Academy of Music will remain closed for the rest of this week due to the bad weather. We advise all students to avail of this extra time for practice and once again urge everyone to stay safe.

Academy closed due to bad weather

Please note that St Angela’s Academy of Music will be closed today on account of the snowy weather and bad roads. A weather warning remains in place for the rest of the week so check back in for updates on further closures. We urge everyone to stay safe and warm in these difficult conditions.

No lessons during midterm break

Please note that St Angela’s Academy closes tomorrow, Friday 9th February, for the spring midterm break. While some primary schools may be open for part of next week, all secondary schools will be closed and the music school aligns with the secondary school calendar. We will reopen on Monday 19th February. The pre-Easter examination session will commence shortly after that, so students should make the most of their week off to get themselves prepared! We hope all students, parents and staff enjoy the break.