Music in SCN 2017-2018
Introducing our Peace Proms Choir 2017/8
Our Peace Proms Choir for 2017-2018 comprises pupils from 3rd class up to sixth class. 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 will perform their repertoire with other primary schools in the county, in NUI Galway at the end of January. Rehearsals have kicked off in SCN. We are very much looking forward to hearing the girls performing their repertoire in 2018.
Introducing our MEDIEVAL TOWN BAND
We have a very active vibrant marching 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. The band performs at local events during the school year, e.g. the Lighting of the Christmas Tree and the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In the lead up to a performance, the band gathers daily for a few weeks in the school hall to practice the band repertoire. Below are some pictures of a typical rehearsal with the percussion instruments leading the band at the top of the hall. We have very talented students!!!!
Medieval Town Band Lead the St Patricks Day Parade
On a cold yet bright St Patricks Day the band set out to march again through the streets of Athenry. The town was awash with green and the girls played their hearts out to a very appreciative crowd. The girls were awarded a prize on the day for their stellar performance which we will proudly add to their trophy cabinet.
Medieval Town Band March for the Turning on of the Christmas Lights
The Scoil Chroí Naofa Medieval Town Band marched and played through the streets of Athenry on Friday the 1st of December as part of the annual turning on of the Athenry Christmas Lights in the town square. This years band is the biggest band ever with 174 girls playing a range of instruments including drums, bell lyres, accordions, melodicas, tin whistles, and percussion. Leonore Church led the band this year, accompanied by Second Class as majorettes, flag bearers and pom proms. The band performed wonderfully on the night and are a huge source of pride for the collective school community. They are hanging up their marching boots until next March when they will take to the streets again for the Athenry St Patricks day Parade!
Peace Proms Performance January 2018
Our senior choir comprising of pupils from 3rd to 6th Class performed their Peace Proms repertoire in the Kingfisher Hall in NUIG on Sunday, January 21st with several hundred other pupils from schools around the county. The girls were accompanied on the night by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland and were cheered on by their many loyal supporters as they sang their hearts out and performed their dance moves with gusto! It was a wonderful nights entertainment as several soloists and dancers took to the stage to perform for the choir and audience. We hope the girls have taken many great memories from this experience.
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 .
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!
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