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Wesley Interschools Festival

Wesley Interschools Festival

Extremely Well Represented by Music Depatrment

Belvedere was extremely well represented at the Wesley Interschools Music Festival over the weekend with nearly 100 students involved between choral and instrumental competitions.

On Friday, the senior choir and chamber choir conducted by Ruaidhri O’Dalaigh sang a number of times throughout the evening with highly varied repertoire presented in each competition. Their highly energetic performance of ‘J’entends le Moulin’ in the SATB competition was awarded 2nd  place. The big success of the day came in the first competition with the Junior Choir under the direction of Frances Stoker-Phelan receiving first place, singing ‘The Bare Necessities’ from the Jungle Book.

The Belvo boys arrived at Wesley bright and early on Saturday morning raring to go and had a great start to the day with the Junior String Ensemble and Junior Wind Sextet being placed
1st and 2nd respectively in the Junior Chamber Groups. The Senior Wind Sextet and the Saxophone Ensemble gave superb performances in the senior competition and were both awarded 1st class honours.
Belvedere students performed in a number of solo competitions with great success; notably, there were medals in second place for Max Kaye (U16 Drum Kit) and Daniel Bisset (U16 Classical Song, U16 Popular Song, Own Performed Song) while Luke Dowdall (O16
Brass) and Daniel Roddy (U16 Classical Guitar) both took home the cup in their competitions.
The combination of vocal and instrumental solo with small and large ensemble allowed the
boys to be involved in a huge amount of competitions over the weekend with a number of them
competing in up to 11 competitions.

The weekend was rounded off just as successfully as it had begun. David O’Hanlon and Aisling Lonergan’s Trad Group gave an outstanding performance in their afternoon competition. This was followed by the Symphonic Band and Jazz Band, both under the direction of Dan Dunne, who went head to head in a brand new competition at the Festival with the Jazz Band coming out on top this time around to take home the Orchestral Band trophy for the first time. The Chamber Orchestra gave an extremely polished rendition of ‘Falling Slowly’ to secure 1st Class Honours in their competition. In the last competition of the day the full Orchestra, under the direction  of  Louise  Curtin,  who  were  awarded  1st   place  and  the  trophy  against  tough opposition from the High School, Blackrock and Wesley.

The boys hugely enjoyed the opportunity to perform over the weekend in what is a brilliantly run Music Festival by Wesley College. Many of the students will be performing in the Annual Wind Band Evening this Friday evening, March 10th  at 6:30 so if you want to catch round 2, please do come along.

Belvedere Music Department



The Belvedere College Junior Choir won the EPWORTH CUP in the 1st -3rd year two part competition
& College Choir with Mount Sackville, took joint second place with St Patrick's in the 4 part Choir SATB competition on Friday 3rd March at the Wesley Interschools Music Festival.
We are absolutely delighted !!


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