Music


THE MEDIEVAL TOWN BAND

We have a very active vibrant band in the school. Ms. Murray is the Band Co-Ordinator assisted by Mrs. Neylon and a group of band teachers. Children from second to sixth class are members of the band.  They learn a repertoire of music and routines each school year. They play a range of lovely instruments: tin whistles, melodicas, bell lyres, accordions and percussion instruments. Children have the opportunity to learn four instruments during their time in our school.  They perform at local events during the school year, e.g. the Lighting of the Christmas Tree and the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Children take part in many Choral Events during the year. They sing at morning assemblies, masses, prayer services, concerts, etc. The two senior classes have taken part in the National Children’s Choir for many years. In recent years, they have participated in the Peace Proms Choir which was a Choral Education Programme devised by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. The children had the opportunity to perform with a full symphony orchestra in NUIG with a leading professional conductor and musicians. In November 2013 the three senior classes participated in the Hallelujah Choir in Dublin.

Musical Activities in SCN in 2016-17

St. Patrick’s Day in Athenry 2017

The girls in Scoil Chroi Naofa’s school band did not let the wind and rain prevent them for giving a wonderful performance as they marched through the streets of Athenry on St. Patrick’s Day.

  

 

Christmas Concert 2017

Scoil Chroí Naofa’s Christmas concerts were held over three nights.  Each night was a great success. The audience enjoyed a wonderful variety of plays. Some were based on the story of the first Christmas, while others were about global warming, bullying, mermaids and pirates, and even The Wizard of Oz. Well done to both the teachers and children involved in this  excellent production .

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Christmas 2016

On Friday December 2nd the lighting of the Christmas tree took place in Athenry.  The Scoil Chroí Naofa band  added greatly to the ceremony,  playing and singing before the lights were lit. The girls  had a large audience and they thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. It was worth all the time and effort that was spent preparing for it.  Well done to all involved!

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CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Children take part in many Choral Events during the year. They sing at morning assemblies, masses, prayer services, concerts, etc. The two senior classes have taken part in the National Children’s Choir for many years. In recent years, they have participated in the Peace Proms Choir which was a Choral Education Programme devised by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. The children had the opportunity to perform with a full symphony orchestra in NUIG with a leading professional conductor and musicians. In November 2013 the three senior classes participated in the Hallelujah Choir in Dublin.

  • The Medieval Town Band performed their repertoire at Christmas and in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Athenry. The band received a beautiful award from the Community Council. is the Band Co-Ordinator. All the children from fourth upwards received band instruments. Third class were taught the tin whistle. They learnt 6 tunes. The following teachers taught the music: Ms Murray, Mrs. Murray, Mrs. Monson, Mrs. Greally, Mrs. Hennessey, Mrs. O Reilly, Ms. Sheridan, Ms Tyrell, Ms O Byrne and Mrs. Neylon. Ms. Murray also taught the drummers. Three accordion cases were purchased. Red berets were also purchased for all the children from third class upwards.
  • Mc Donald and Mrs. Neylon taught second class children the tin whistle.
  • Our school has a very strong tradition of choral singing. Children took part in many Choral Events during the year. They sang at Morning Assemblies, Masses, Prayer Services, Carol Service and Siamsa. The four senior classes participated in the Peace Proms Choir. This project is a Choral Education Programme devised by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. Peace Proms aims to entertain, educate and engage children in music and to enrich their lives through exceptional musical experience and performance. Our pupils performed their repertoire in NUIG with other primary school children in county Galway.  They were accompanied by an award winning youth orchestra called the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. This orchestra was established in 1995 as a peace initiative composed of 100 exceptionally talented young musicians from north and south of Ireland. The core message is universal peace which remains central to the music and mission of the Peace Proms Programme.  The orchestra also performed a blend of traditional and folk music reflecting the heritage and culture of Ireland. A very sincere thank you to the class teachers, Mrs Monson, Miss Murray, Mrs Greally and Mrs Hennessy for teaching and training the girls for this event.
  • Norah Joyce (retired teacher) provided a music programme for the infant classes entitled Colour Strings.
  • Multi instrumentalist Peter Joyce provided a music recital for all the children.
  • Colm Connolly and Una Flanagan gave a pipe and harp recital to the children
  • The Executive producer Sheila Meaney of The Voice of Ireland Competition invited 6th class to the first blind auditions in the Helix in October. The girls had the opportunity to be part of a live audience, to experience TV behind the scenes and to meet the celebrity judges Cian Egan, Rachel Stephens, Bressie and Una Foden.
  • Fifth & Sixth classes attended the musicals Singing in the Rain presented by the Presentation College and the musical The Wiz presented by Coláiste an Chláirín