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.


Achievements in 2016-2017

St Angela’s Academy of Music reopens tomorrow, Monday 4th September, for the new academic year 2017-2018. As we look forward to another busy year, it is fitting to look back over the past year and acknowledge the admirable achievements of our music students.

Two trophies were awarded in May 2017. Every year, the Hyland Perpetual Cup is given to the 6th Year Ursuline student who has achieved most musically during her time in secondary school. Cliodhna Heenan was the recipient this year, with Eva Buckley highly recommended. The Dwan Silver Salver is given to the student who achieves the highest mark in any instrument at Grade 8, Senior Cert or Gold Medal level. This honour went to the well-deserving Caitriona Timmins.

In addition to these trophies, many of our students were recognised externally in the RIAM High Achievers Awards and the LSMD Excellence Awards. These were:

RIAM High Achievers Awards 2016-2017
Constance Quinlan
Ruth Everard
Katie Taylor (twice)
Esha Hourigan Clancy
Megan Long
Nicola Scott
Vivienne O’Keeffe
Louise Broe

LSMD Excellence Awards 2016-2017
Aoife Kavanagh
Laura Jane Hickey

We congratulate all of these students on their fantastic achievements over the past year. And now, on to 2017-2018!

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

New Junior Choir at St Angela’s Academy

Arising from an interest in voice training from primary school parents, we are thrilled to announce that we are forming a Junior Choir at St Angela’s Academy of Music.  It is designed for young students (boys and girls) who are interested in singing and will be open to students from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class.

  • The Junior Choir will aim to encourage and develop young voices in a fun and enjoyable environment and will be a good preparation for individual voice training at secondary school level.
  • It will provide young singers with an opportunity to learn vocal technique, develop their ear and cultivate their sight-reading skills.
  • It will cover a wide variety of songs that are within a range suitable for young voices.
  • Students will do songs in unison and harmony.

Ms Marina Buckley, a teacher of voice and harp here at the Academy, will be responsible for this class. She has vast experience in vocal training and brings great enthusiasm to her classes.

For this venture to be viable a minimum of 20 students is required. The class will take place on a Monday evening from 3:30pm to 4:15pm and the fee for this class is €90 per annum. If you wish your child to take part, please complete the application form in the Enrolment section under the Tuition menu on this website. Forms should be handed into the music school office by September 1st in order to secure a place.

We are delighted to be able to offer this new class and expect it to be a popular choice for the coming 2017/2018 school year!

New percussion teacher at St Angela’s

St Angela’s Academy of Music would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest addition to our teaching staff. Mr Owen Sutton will be joining the music department this September 2017 to teach percussion.

Mr Sutton studied percussion at the Newpark School of Jazz, Dublin, and obtained a Bachelor of Music degree at University College Cork. He has taught percussion for many years and also performs frequently around the country as a member of a 10-piece outfit, playing at weddings, corporate events and other functions.

Students who are interested in taking percussion lessons with Mr Sutton this coming academic year should contact the music school office before August 1st by phone (0504 20654) or via email (stangelasacademyofmusic@gmail.com).

We are delighted to be able to offer tuition in this vibrant area of musical education and look forward to a highly rhythmic 2017/2018!

Winding down for the year!

We have come to the end of the 2016/2017 academic year and we’re sure everyone will agree that we just don’t know where the time went! It was an extremely busy year and we are very proud of all that our students have achieved.

Congratulations to our new beginners, you have taken the first exciting step on your musical journey.

Well done to all students who sat exams, some of whom took up to three or four across the year! It is a brave thing to perform before an examiner and we hope you are pleased with your progress and results.

Farewell to our departing Leaving Cert students – may music continue to play a meaningful role in your lives wherever you head next.

Thank you to all our teachers for your guidance and encouragement towards your students throughout the year. The coming summer holidays are well deserved!

The academic year 2017/2018 will commence on Monday 4th September 2017. It is important to submit the relevant application forms (accessed at this link) as soon as possible in order to ensure a place on next year’s school list. Please contact stangelasacademyofmusic@gmail.com or 0504 20654 with any queries.

We wish everyone a very enjoyable summer break!

Achievements of pupils past and present

It is with great pleasure that we highlight the outstanding achievements of two students associated with St Angela’s Academy of Music. Firstly, we would like to congratulate Cliodhna Heenan, a 6th Year student at the Ursuline Secondary School, who was awarded two diplomas in violin with the Royal Irish Academy of Music in the past year. She received her Diploma in Violin Performance in June 2016 and her Diploma in Violin Teaching in December 2016. This is a phenomenal accomplishment for a student still in secondary school and we wish Cliodhna all the very best in her future musical endeavours.

Cliodhna Heenan with her Performance and Teaching Diplomas

Cliodhna Heenan with her Performance and Teaching Diplomas

Cliodhna’s older sister, Roisin Heenan, is a past pupil of St Angela’s and graduated from the Ursuline Secondary School in 2015. She is currently studying Business and Law in UCD but continues to embrace music both within and outside the university. Roisin recently participated in Féile Luimní over the weekend of 10-12th March and came away from the festival with wins as a senior soprano in three vocal competitions: classical, musical theatre and oratorio. On top of that, she was awarded the Bursary for Voice of the Féile, a very prestigious accolade.

Roisin Heenan, winner of 3 vocal competitions and Voice of the Féile at Féile Luimní 2017

Roisin Heenan, winner of 3 vocal competitions and Voice of the Féile at Féile Luimní 2017

Later in the month, on Wednesday 29th March, Roisin competed in Feis Ceoil and won the Bradbury Cup. Competitors in this category were required to perform two songs while playing their own piano accompaniment. Huge congratulations to Roisin on all her recent achievements – we are delighted to see an alumnus from St Angela’s doing so well!

Roisin Heenan, winner of the Bradbury Cup at Feis Ceoil 2017

Roisin Heenan, winner of the Bradbury Cup at Feis Ceoil 2017

Finally, just a quick note to say that the school will close tomorrow, Friday 7th April, for the Easter holidays and will reopen on Monday 24th April for the summer term. We remind all students to use their time wisely over the break – daily practice will be an important step in preparation for the post-Easter examination session. To quote Vladimir Horowitz, the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice!

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!

Primary School & External Musical Evening 2017 (1)

Primary School & External Musical Evening 2017 (2)

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!

Secondary School Musical Evening 2017 (1)

Secondary School Musical Evening 2017 (2)

Secondary School Musical Evening 2017 (3)

Secondary School Musical Evening 2017 (4)

Cecilian Choir wins at Limerick Choral Festival

We would like to extend our congratulations to the Ursuline Secondary School’s Cecilian Choir, who won in their category at the Limerick Choral Festival last Friday 3rd March.

The Cecilian Choir is run by Mary-Rose McNally and Joan Butler. It has ninety members, including students from 1st Year up to 6th Year, and they take part in the choir voluntarily after school.

Last Friday, they competed in the Equal Voices Post-Primary category in the Redemptorist Church in Limerick and came first in a field of extremely talented choirs. Congratulations to the students and teachers involved on their fantastic achievement!